Nov. 11, 2004
Clemson volleyball will take to the road this weekend for the Tigers’ final two regular season matches. Clemson will play at Virginia on Friday at 7:00 PM, then at Maryland on Saturday at 5:00 PM.
The Tigers have lost three of their last four matches, including two at home last weekend to Wake Forest and Duke. Clemson is 17-12 overall on the season, 6-8 in the ACC. The Tigers trailed four schools tied for fourth place at seven conference wins.
Leslie Finn broke the Clemson record for most kills in a career (1,810) last Saturday in the match with Duke. She also is approaching the single-season school record (602) for kills. She needs just 29 to tie the record. Finn joined the 20-20 club in that same loss to Duke last weekend, as she notched 28 kills and 20 digs.
Virginia, like Clemson, lost a pair of conference matches last weekend. The Cavaliers are one of the 7-7 teams Clemson is chasing in the conference race. The Cavaliers were defeated by the ACC’s two Sunshine State representatives, Florida State and Miami. Prior to those two defeats, Virginia had won four in a row.
Sarah Kirkwood is the leader of the Virginia squad, despite being just a freshman. She leads the team with 493 kills and a 4.98 per game average. She also is tops on the team with a .276 hitting percentage. Her sister, Emily, has 1,278 assists from her setter position.
Maryland is currently 12-12, but must face undefeated Georgia Tech before playing host to Clemson on Saturday. The Terrapins are 7-7 in the ACC as well, and have split their last six conference matches.
Sarah Treadwell leads the Maryland attack with 310 kills, a 3.33 per game average. She also has 331 digs, best on the team. At the net, both Rachel Wagener and Stephanie Smith have over 100 total blocks each. Wagener has 111 assists, while Smith has 23 solos.
Following the two matches this weekend, Clemson will await the official seeding for the ACC Tournament, which will be held next weekend in Charlottesville, VA.
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