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This Week in Clemson Athletics

This Week in Clemson Athletics

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS(home events BOLD)

Thursday, Nov. 7 – Sunday, Nov. 10Women’s Tennis at ITA Indoor National Championships (Flushing Meadows, N.Y.)

Friday, Nov. 84 p.m. – Women’s Basketball vs. Davidson7 p.m. – Men’s Basketball vs. Stetson (ESPN3)Teacher Appreciation Night: All educators (teachers and administrators) are eligible to receive a free ticket with a valid ID.  Tickets may be redeemed at the East Box Office of Littlejohn Coliseum beginning 1 hour prior to tip off of each game.7 p.m. – Men’s Soccer vs. Duke (TigerCast)Free tumbler mugs and hot chocolate for the first 500 fans, Senior Night8 p.m. – Volleyball at North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

Saturday, Nov. 911 a.m. – Diving at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Ga.)

Sunday, Nov. 102 p.m. – Women’s Basketball vs. Wofford

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Baseball (@CUTigerBaseball)The baseball team concluded its fall practice season with three Orange & Purple Scrimmages from Friday to Sunday.  The Purple team won the series 2-1 in the three games, the first two at Fluor Field in Greenville and the last at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. The team has its annual Omaha Challenge competition from November 19-22, and opens the 2014 season against Eastern Michigan at home on February 14.

Men’s Basketball (@ClemsonMBB)The Tigers held their only public exhibition last Friday and defeated Francis Marion by a score of 98-44. K.J. McDaniels led five players in double figures with 15 points.  Clemson shot 60 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line.  The Tigers open the regular season on Friday at 7 p.m. at home against Stetson.

Women’s Basketball (@ClemsonWBB)The Tigers won a pair of exhibitions this week, a 92-49 win against Truett-McConnell on Tuesday and a 95-48 victory Sunday against Limestone, who is ranked 24th in the Division-II poll. Nikki Dixon scored 46 points in the two games, while Quinyotta Pettaway had 40 points and 25 rebounds, including a 21-point, 20-rebound effort on Sunday. Clemson opens the season this week on Friday at 4:00 pm against Davidson in Littlejohn Coliseum. 

Cross Country (@CUTrackandField)Both Tiger teams finished 11th at the ACC Championships on Friday at Beeson Park in Kernersville, N.C.  Aaron Ramirez (47th) and Cara Talty (50th) led the two teams individually.  The teams return to action on Friday, Nov. 15 at the NCAA Southeast Regionals in Earlysville, Va.

Diving (@ClemsonDiving)The women’s diving team had a strong showing on Saturday against Davidson & VMI. Senior Emily Howard qualified for NCAA Zones in the one-meter event with a score of 293.95 to take first. Howard also won the three-meter event with a score of 279.65, just short of a three-meter qualifying score of 280 for NCAA Zones. Juliana Melchionda, Megan Helwagen and Chelsea Uranaka also had strong performances. As a team, Clemson took the top seven spots in the one-meter and the top six spots in the three-meter event. The Tigers will be back in action next Saturday when they travel to Atlanta to take on conference foe Georgia Tech at 11 a.m. 

Football (@ClemsonFB)Record: 8-1, 6-1 ACCClemson defeated Virginia 59-10 last Saturday in the largest victory margin in an ACC road game for the program since a 55-0 win at Virginia in 1984. The Tigers climbed to a #7 ranking in this week’s BCS standings, and are ranked among the top 10 for the 11th consecutive week.

Dabo Swinney’s Tigers had leaders on both sides of the ball as Clemson gained 610 yards of total offense and held Virginia to 277 yards of total offense, over 100 yards under the Cavaliers average.

Quarterback Tajh Boyd won his 20th ACC game as a starting quarterback to tie a Clemson record for a starting signal caller. He completed 24-29 for 377 yards and three scores.  One of those touchdowns was a 96-yard strike to Sammy Watkins, the longest play from scrimmage in a road game in school history and the second longest overall.    Watkins broke DeAndre Hopkins career record for 100-yard receiving games, as his 169 yards receiving was his 13th as a Clemson Tiger.

Baushad Breeland led the defense with 10 tackles and a pair of passes broken up while freshman Jayron Kearse had an interception and a caused fumble on consecutive possessions that led to 14 Clemson points.

Women’s Golf (@ClemsonWGolf)Clemson women’s golfer Ashlan Ramsey took part in the Spirit International last weekend, and Team USA won the overall competition. Twenty countries competed in the prestigious tournament, with each country sending their four most impressive amateurs, two males and two females.

The United States team, captained by LPGA player Paige MacKenzie, was comprised of Ramsey, Ally McDonald of Mississippi State, Jordan Niebrugge of Oklahoma State, and high school senior Scottie Scheffler. They combined to shoot 33 under par as a team in the four-ball stoke play format. The United States beat second place France by six strokes to retain the Gold medal.

Men’s Soccer (@ClemsonMensSoc)Record: 10-5-2, 5-3-2 ACCSyracuse scored in the 60th minute to claim a 1-0 victory over #19 Clemson in an Atlantic Coast Conference men’s soccer match at Syracuse Friday night. The Tigers have now allowed one or few goals in 12 of 17 matches on the season.

Clemson hosts Duke next Friday night at Historic Riggs Field in the last match of the regular season for the Tigers.

Also last week, a pair of Clemson men soccer players, Ara Amirkhanian and Thomas McNamara were named to the Capital One College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSida) Academic All-District IV Team. The duo is now eligible to be named Academic All-Americans in a vote to be held later in November.

Women’s Soccer (@ClemsonWSoccer)Final Record: 7-8-4, 4-7-2 ACCThe Clemson women’s soccer team fell to Miami 2-0 in Coral Gables last Thursday, and concluded its 2013 season with a 7-8-4 overall record and a 4-7-2 record in ACC play.  The Tigers made significant improvements in 2013, especially from a defensive perspective.  After giving up 37 goals and a 1.98 goals against average in 2012, the team allowed just 18 goals and a 0.90 GAA in 2013. Freshman goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan finished the season ranked in the top 10 in Clemson history in three single-season record categories: sixth in GAA (0.94), tied for sixth in solo shutouts (7), and seventh in save percentage (.786).

Women’s Tennis (@ClemsonWTennis)The women’s tennis team closed the fall schedule with a terrific showing at the Roberta Alison Fall Classic. Clemson’s Yana Koroleva, Beatrice Gumulya, Romy Koelzer, and Tristen Dewar won the top four singles flights, respectively. Gumulya and Jessy Rompies also claimed the No. 2 doubles title. 

Volleyball (@ClemsonVB)Record: 12-11, 6-6 ACCThe Volleyball team earned a split for the third straight weekend, taking care of Virginia Tech on Friday night in five sets before falling to Virginia on Saturday, also in five sets. The Tigers will head to North Carolina and NC State this week, and play six of its final eight matches on the road to close the season.

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