Oct. 13, 2005
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson volleyball team (8-6, 3-3 ACC) plays away from Jervey Gym this weekend as it faces both N.C. State and North Carolina on the road. The Tigers and Wolfpack will take to the court at 7:00 PM on Friday, Oct. 14 in Raleigh, NC and Clemson will meet the Tar Heels for a 6:00 PM match on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Chapel Hill, NC.
Clemson’s outside hitters Jeannette Abbott and Brittany Ross have posted 446 total kills to lead the team, while Laura Boozer is hitting a team-high .356. Three Tigers are averaging more than one block per game, led by Danielle Hepburn’s 1.30 mark. She has contributed 10 solos blocks and 55 block assists to the Tigers’ 147 total team blocks, 42 more than their opponents. Libero Anna Vallinch leads the team with 243 defensive saves and Courtney Lawrence has accumulated 593 set assists for the Tigers.
Clemson has won 15 straight matches over N.C. State and holds a 26-17 advantage in the series score. The Tigers have also edged the Wolfpack, 12-9, in matches played in Raleigh. Clemson defeated N.C. State twice last season, by scores of 3-0 at Jervey Gym and Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack last defeated the Tigers during the 1997 season when the team claimed a 3-2 victory in Raleigh.
N.C. State enters Friday’s match with a 6-9 overall record and an 0-7 mark against ACC competition. The Wolfpack dropped home matches to Miami and Florida State last weekend after starting the season with five wins in six matches. Stefanie Eddins leads the team with 182 kills while hitting a league-best .421. The Wolfpack is averaging 2.88 blocks per game while allowing its opponents just 1.87 per game. Eddins also has a team-high 75 blocks with 15 solo blocks and 60 block assists.
The Tar Heels defeated the Tigers three times during the 2004 season, including a 3-1 decision in the match played in Chapel Hill. Clemson trails 44-12 all-time against North Carolina, with a 4-14 record on the Tar Heels’ home court. The Tigers’ last victory over UNC was a 3-2 decision on Oct. 22, 1999 in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina has a four-match winning streak going into this weekend’s action and is 11-6 overall. The Tar Heels rank in a tie for first place in the conference with a 6-1 record against ACC foes. Amy Beaver leads the Tar Heels as she has posted 176 kills with a .311 hitting percentage and 74 total blocks. Taylor Rayfield has tallied a team-high 303 digs for North Carolina and Camilla Ihenetu leads the team with 247 kills.
Fans can follow the action for both matches via livestats on www.clemsontigers.com.
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