Sept. 4, 2001
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CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson volleyball team will play the University of Georgia Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in Athens.
The Tigers have a 1-2 overall record entering the match, having opened their 2001 season at the Colorado Powerbar Invitational last weekend. The Tigers lost their season opener to #23 University of Colorado, 3-1, then defeated Oral Roberts University 3-1 to pick up their first win of the season. In the final match of the tournament, Clemson lost a five-game heartbreaker to then-#24 Loyola Marymount. . Clemson is 9-28 against the Bulldogs, and 3-4 against Georgia under current head coach Jolene Jordan Hoover. The Tigers have won the last three meetings with the Bulldogs, including a 3-1 win over Georgia last season at Jervey Gym.
Georgia enters Tuesday’s match with a 3-0 record, having defeated Eastern Kentucky (3-1), Alabama-Birmingham (3-1) and Jacksonville (3-0) at the 2001 Outback Invitational. The Bulldogs’ Erin Gornes leads the team in hitting percentage (.390) while Stacy Buerger has a team-high 56 kills for a 5.27 kills per game average as well as a team-best 33 digs. Kilee Goetz leads the Bulldogs in assists with 161 and Laura Forsythe has served up a team-best six aces. Three Bulldogs have seven total blocks – Gornes, Forsythe and Jessica Boller – and lead the team in that category.
Last season, Clemson defeated Georgia 3-1 (15-6, 5-15, 15-2, 15-8) at home. The Tigers were led by Meredith Kirtland who tallied a match-high 24 kills with 12 digs. Kiki Dallao and Jackie Dalleska recorded double-figure kills with 14 and 11, respectively. Jessi Betcher handed out 57 assists for Clemson and Tami BySura recorded a team-high 15 digs. Anne Berki led all blockers with seven blocks (two solo). The Bulldogs were led by Luresa Forsythe and Jennifer Foytich who tallied 11 kills each. Stacy Buerger added 10 kills with a match-high three service aces. Leverette led the team with 15 digs while Kilee Goetz dished out 47 assists.
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