CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson volleyball team hosts the annual Big Orange Bash tournament Friday and Saturday (Sept. 7-8). The Tigers are set to face UAB Friday at 7 p.m., as well as Troy (12:30 p.m.) and North Dakota (7 p.m.) Saturday. Clemson enters the weekend 4-3 on overall, and has won three of its last four matches.
Clemson has won three of its last four matches, including three straight to win the Appalachian Invitational tournament championship before falling in four sets to Kennesaw State Tuesday … The Tigers won back-to-back five-set matches against Mississippi State and Appalachian State, respectively, before sweeping Davidson to claim the tournament title … Outside/right side hitter Solei Thomas was named ACC Freshman of the Week after averaging 3.85 kills per set while hitting .387 at the Appalachian Invitational, where she was named Tournament MVP … The Detroit native also accounted for a team season-high 20 kills in the Tigers’ five-set over Appalachian State last Saturday … Clemson also benefited from the performances of freshman setter Gabby Easton, who was named to the Appalachian Invitational All-Tournament Team and is currently leading the ACC in assists (269) and assist per set (11.22) … Easton also poured in the conference’s top-3 assist performances at the Appalachian Invitational with 60 (vs. Appalachian State), 54 (vs. Mississippi State) and 51 (vs. Davidson) … Sophomore Alyssa Deloney joined Thomas and Easton on the All-Tournament Team … While at Appalachian State, Deloney averaged 2.92 kills per set, led the team in hitting (.500) and ranked second on the team in blocks per set (0.62) … Freshman Torie Frederick made her debut at libero while at the Appalachian Invitational … Frederick now has four consecutive matches with at least 20 digs, a feat no Clemson defender achieved in 2017 … Most recently, Frederick recorded 21 digs in the Tigers’ four-set loss against the Owls Tuesday … Frederick recorded back-to-back 25-dig matches in the Tigers’ five-set wins over Mississippi State and Appalachian state … In Clemson’s final match at Appalachian State, a sweep over Davidson, Frederick totaled 22 digs in just three sets … Head coach Michaela Franklin is currently 3-0 in five-set matches as Clemson head coach … Clemson’s lone five-set win in 2017 came against current then Jacksonville head coach Julie Darty, who is now in her first season as Mississippi State head coach.
In Clemson: 0-1
First meeting: 1984 (L, 3-2)
Last meeting: 2012 (W, 3-0)
In Clemson: 2-0
First meeting: 1978 (W, 2-0)
Last meeting: 2014 (W, 3-1)
First meeting: 2016 (L, 3-1)
Last meeting: 2016 (L, 3-1)
Friday, Sept. 7
Who: vs. UAB (6-2, 0-0 Conference USA)
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Jervey Gym
Watch: ACC Network Extra
Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=225309
Follow: @ClemsonVB on Twitter and Instagram, and @ClemsonVolleyball on Facebook
Saturday, Sept. 8
Who: vs. Troy (4-2, 0-0 Sun Belt)
When: 12:30 p.m.
Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=225310
Who: vs. North Dakota (4-3, 0-0 Summit League)
Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=225311
For complete coverage of the Clemson volleyball team, follow @ClemsonVB on Twitter and Instagram, and @ClemsonVolleyball on Facebook.