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Women’s Volleyball to Compete at ACC Tourney

November 17, 1998

This Week’s Matchups

ACC defending champion Clemson (20-9, 10-6 ACC) enters the ACC Tournament Friday at Maryland as the number four seed. The Tigers will face fifth-seeded Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. Earlier this season Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 3-0 at home, then the Yellow Jackets took a 3-1 win over the Tigers in Atlanta.

The ACC Tournament begins Thursday, with top-ranked North Carolina facing ninth-seeded N.C. State and Maryland, the tournament’s number seven seed, taking on eighth-seeded Duke.

On Friday, #3 Florida State will face #6 Wake Forest, then the winner of the Maryland/Duke matchup will take on second-seeded Virginia. Clemson and Georgia Tech will square off in the last match of the day. The winner of the Clemson/Georgia Tech match will face the winner of Thursday’s North Carolina/N.C. State meeting on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Tigers captured the ACC Championship last season, winning the ACC Tournament in Raleigh, NC. The title was Clemson’s first in the 21-year history of the Tiger volleyball program. Clemson’s victory also marked the first time in ACC history that the fourth-seeded team won the crown.

Tigers’ Latest Results

The Clemson volleyball team, ranked second in District III, defeated College of Charleston 3-0 (15-5, 15-4, 15-3) Wednesday night at Jervey gym. Junior Alison Coday hit .500 leading Clemson with 12 kills. Cindy Stern had 10 kills in the win.

The Tigers defeated NC State 3-0 (15-11, 15-7, 15-7) on Friday. Coday hit .423 to lead Clemson with 14 kills, three errors and 26 attempts. Skye Frost had 12 digs in the contest.

Clemson dropped a 3-2 loss (12-15, 15-9, 5-15, 15-8, 9-15) at North Carolina on Saturday. Coday had 22 kills, nine errors and 53 attempts, hitting .245 for the evening. Frost had 24 digs to lead the Tigers. Stern recorded a double-double, with 10 kills and 13 digs.

ACC Notes

Junior Alison Coday was named ACC Player-of-the-Week last week and Jodi Steffes was chosen co-Rookie-of-the-Week (Nov. 9)…Senior Stephanie Schulz was named co-Player-of-the-Week for the week of October 12-19 and Player-of-the-Week for October 20-26…Entering last week, Clemson led the ACC with 3.23 blocks per game…The team ranked fourth with a .235 hitting percentage, 13.70 assists and 1.70 service aces per game…Senior middle hitter Stephanie Schulz led the ACC with 1.48 blocks per game and ranked fifth with a .317 attack percentage…Junior Cindy Stern ranked third with 1.41 blocks per game and was eighth with 3.77 kills per game…Junior Skye Frost led the ACC with 0.52 service aces per game and was third with 3.53 digs per game.

Hoover Breaks Coaching Record

Head coach Jolene Jordan Hoover broke the Clemson volleyball career coaching record on Nov. 7 versus Virginia, picking up her 139th win at the helm of the Tiger program. Hoover has a 141-58 record over her six seasons at Clemson and is 234-89 in her nine years as a head coach. Hoover’s .725 winning percentage entering the season placed her 17th nationally among Division I head coaches. She ranks third among ACC coaches with 58 league wins. Only one other active ACC coach, Maryland’s Janice Kruger, ranks ahead with 79 wins.

Current Tigers Among Career Leaders

With 10 block assists at Duke, senior Stephanie Schulz broke the Clemson career block assists record. Last week she recorded 7 block assists to push her career total to 415. Schulz recorded seven kills at Georgia Tech to become the eighth player in Clemson history to reach the 1,000 career kill mark. She has 1,064 career kills, ranking eighth on Clemson’s all-time list.

Junior Cindy Stern is fifth on Clemson’s all-time list with 1,175 kills. She passed the 1,000 career kill plateau earlier this season at Maryland. Stern ranks fourth on the career block assists list with 350 block assists and is in fifth place on the career block solos list with 118 block solos.

Junior Alison Coday ranks sixth on Clemson’s career leaders list with 1,103 kills. She became the tenth player in Tiger history to tally 1,000 career kills Nov. 2 at Florida State.

Home, Sweet Home

The Tigers were 12-2 in Jervey Gym this season. In the 14 matches, 11,051 fans have come out to watch Clemson, an average of 789 fans per contest. The Tigers currently rank 28th nationally in home attendance. Clemson was 13-2 at home last season. During the 15 home matches, a total of 10,502 fans gathered to watch the Tigers, giving Clemson the 28th-best home attendance figure among all NCAA schools.

ACC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

          Thursday, November 19        #7 Maryland vs. #8 Duke, 5 p.m.        #1 North Carolina vs. #9 N.C. State, 7:30 p.m. 

Friday, November 20 #3 Florida State vs. #6 Wake Forest, 2 p.m. Winner Maryland/Duke vs. #2 Virginia, 4:30 p.m. #4 CLEMSON vs. #5 Georgia Tech, 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 21 Seminfinals, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 22 ACC Championship Match, 1 p.m.

DISTRICT III POLL

1. North Carolina 2. CLEMSON 3. Virginia 4. James Madison 5. Florida State 6. Georgia Tech 7. American 8. Wake Forest 9. Liberty 10. William and Mary

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