Sept. 6, 2003
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (30-21, 28-30, 30-28, 30-22) decision to Texas Tech in the last match of the 2003 Big Orange Bash. The Tigers posted a 1-2 mark in the Big Orange Bash, while Texas Tech finished the weekend with a perfect 3-0 record. The College of Charleston was 2-1 over the tournament and Winthrop was 0-3. The Tigers’ record stands at 2-5 on the season.
Lori Ashton led the Tigers against Texas Tech with 14 kills, six blocks and a .440 hitting percentage. Leslie Finn added 14 kills, while Ryane Beasley tallied 10 kills, 16 digs and six blocks. Marija Zoric led the team at the net with seven blocks and Lindsey Abbott recorded a match-best 17 digs. Laura Jensen handed out 25 assists, while Stephanie Haskell tallied 16 assists.
Texas Tech’s Kelly Johnson led the Red Raiders with a match-high 26 kills. Johnson recorded 18 digs with two service aces and three blocks (two solo). Angela Mooney posted 16 kills with a .406 hitting percentage, and Breanna Pursley had a match-best 20 digs with eight kills and two service aces. Jessy Herrera added 14 digs, and Laura Grote recorded 66 assists.
In the first match of the day, Texas Tech downed Winthrop 3-1 (24-30, 30-28, 30-21, 30-24). Kelly Johnson led the Red Raiders with a match-best 30 kills and a .420 hitting percentage. Breanna Pursley recorded 14 kills with 10 digs and three service aces, while Angela Mooney added 13 kills with three blocks. Jessy Herrera tallied 14 digs, and Katie Halley posted six blocks (one solo). Laura Grote handed out a match-high 65 assists. The Eagles were paced by Mary Hock with 19 kills and a .326 hitting percentage. Lindsey Remmers had 13 kills and five blocks, while Taryn Surbaugh added nine kills with a match-best eight blocks (one solo). Sarah Billingsley tallied 12 digs, and Emily Heckl had 48 assists.
The College of Charleston defeated Winthrop 3-0 (30-27, 41-39, 30-23) in the second match of the day. The Cougar’s Sara Davis hit .457 with 17 kills and 11 digs, while Alisa Long added 11 kills with a match-best seven blocks. Marie Dobrenz led the team with 17 digs, and Kaycie Carr handed out 51 assists with 11 digs and four blocks. Hock led Winthrop with 19 kills and 14 digs, while Remmers recorded 13 kills. Surbaugh led the Eagles at the net with four blocks (one solo), and Heckl had 41 assists.
The Big Orange Bash All-Tournament team consisted of three Texas Tech players, two College of Charleston players and one player each from Clemson and Winthrop. Texas Tech’s Kelly Johnson was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Performer, while Laura Grote and Jessy Herrera earned all-tournament honors. The College of Charleston’s Kaycie Carr and Marie Dobrenz, along with Clemson’s Ryane Beasley and Winthrop’s Taryn Surbaugh round out the all-tournament team. Clemson’s Ryane Beasley finished the tournament with 32 kills, a .239 hitting percentage, 31 digs and 15 total blocks.
The Tigers return to action on Sept. 9, as Clemson plays host to in-state rival South Carolina at 7:00 p.m. in Jervey Gym. Admission is free to all home matches in Jervey Gym.
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