Aug. 27, 2008
CLEMSON, SC – The 2008 Tiger volleyball season will kick off on Friday night against Syracuse in the 18th Annual Big Orange Bash. Clemson will also welcome Charleston Southern and Florida International to Jervey Gym for the two-day tournament. All three teams will be making their first appearances in the Big Orange Bash. Action will begin on Friday evening as Charleston Southern and Florida International play at 5:00 pm. The Tigers and Orange will then battle at 7:00 pm.
Saturday’s play will start at 10:00 am with the Panthers and Syracuse. Clemson will then face the Buccaneers at 12:00 pm before Charleston Southern plays again at 4:00 pm against the Orange. The Tigers will then take on Florida International in the tournament finale at 6:00 pm.
Fans can access the Clemson Athletic Homepage for links to livestats and ACC Select’s video broadcast. Results and other information can be found on the Big Orange Bash page at www.clemsontigers.com.
Against The Field The Tigers own a combined 12-3 record against the 2008 Big Orange Bash Tournament field. Clemson has won all 11 prior meetings with Charleston Southern, most recently defeating the Buccaneers, 3-0, during the 2003 season. The Panthers of Florida International hold a 2-1 edge over the Tigers, but Clemson won the last match-up in 1991. Syracuse and Clemson have met just once in history, 18 years ago in Tampa, FL, where the Orange posted a 3-0 victory.
Scouting The Opposition The Big Orange Bash will be the season opener for all four teams involved. Last year, Syracuse finished with a 21-13 overall record and finished eighth in the Big East. Charleston Southern was 10-21 a year ago, while Florida International posted a 19-8 record in 2007.
ScheduleFriday, Aug. 29 5:00 pm – Charleston Southern vs. Florida International 7:00 pm – Clemson vs. SyracuseSaturday, Aug. 30 10:00 am – Florida International vs. Syracuse 12:00 pm – Clemson vs. Charleston Southern 4:00 pm – Charleston Southern vs. Syracuse 6:00 pm – Clemson vs. Florida International
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