Dec. 11, 2002
Clemson volleyball players Lori Ashton and Jessi Betcher were named to the 2002 AVCA All-East Region team announced Wednesday. Ashton is now eligible for All-America honors after earning first-team all-region accolades. The 2002 AVCA All-America team will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Ashton, a sophomore middle hitter from Waldorf, MD, led the Tigers with 497 kills and a 3.88 kills per game average. She owned a team-best .383 hitting percentage, and was second on the team with 104 total blocks (26 solo). Ashton completed the regular season with the ACC’s top hitting percentage and ranked fifth in the league in kills with a 3.85 kills per game average.
She is first in Clemson’s record books in all-time hitting percentage (.343) and is sixth in kills per game with a 3.24 average. Ashton was named to the 2002 All-ACC team, after earning all-freshman team honors in 2001. She was named to three all-tournament teams this season and was named ACC Player-of-the-week on Oct. 7. Ashton hit .500 or better in nine matches throughout the season, including against Florida State in the ACC Tournament (.514), and has a 20-match double-digit streak that began on Sept. 21 against Coastal Carolina.
Betcher, a senior setter, earned honorable mention honors after leading the team with 1,551 assists and a 12.12 assists per game average. She tallied a team-best 397 digs and a 3.10 digs per game average. The Boulder, CO native is Clemson’s all-time leader in assists (5,307) and assists per game (11.93).
She also ranks fifth on Clemson’s all-time career digs list with 1,267. Betcher was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 1999 and also was selected as the AVCA District II Freshman of the Year.
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