CLEMSON, S.C. – Fans had the chance to watch the volleyball team for the first time in 2016 with the annual Orange and White Scrimmage taking place on Saturday night in Jervey Gym. White defeated Orange, 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-17, 15-12).
“I liked how we competed and I liked our energy,” said head coach Hugh Hernesman. “There were definitely some nerves in the beginning but that ended pretty quick. I was impressed with our serve receive defense.”
Just two upperclassmen suited up for the scrimmage, leaving room for Clemson’s 11 underclassmen to showcase their skills. The sophomore class shined in the event as it was evident a full year of training in Coach Hernesman’s system has paid off for the Tigers.
“This team is way further ahead in terms of knowing our system of play than we were a year ago and the reason for that is because we have a lot of experience in the system now and that experience is really showing.”
Competing in Jervey for the first time since last year’s Orange & White Scrimmage were Annie Carter and Dejhana Cotton. The two redshirt freshmen missed all last season due to injury but are healthy and ready to go in 2016.
“I’m really excited to get them back on the floor. Annie and Dejhana are both impact players at this level and I think they’re ready to go. That was the most jumps we got out of ‘D’ since she got hurt and she said she felt good, so that was exciting. Annie brings a competitive fire to the floor that really carries over with her teammates. So that was really exciting, it was really fun to see them compete the way they did when they were healthy.”
Clemson’s season opener is set for Friday, August 26, as the Tigers will host William & Mary in their first match of the Big Orange Bash at 7:00 p.m.
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