Nov. 12, 2001
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson volleyball team is seeded seventh entering the ACC Volleyball Tournament to be held Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 15-18, in Tallahassee, FL. The tournament is scheduled to begin Thursday evening with a 7:30 p.m. match between eighth-seeded Virginia and ninth-seeded NC State. On Friday, fourth-seeded Florida State and fifth-seeded Wake Forest will square off at 11:00 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., top-seeded Duke will play the winner of the NC State vs. Virginia match. Clemson will play second-seeded North Carolina at 5:00 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., third-seeded Georgia Tech will take on sixth-seeded Maryland to conclude Friday’s matches. Saturday’s semi-final matches are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The championship match will be played on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Net South, Sunshine Network and ComCast SportsNet.
Clemson, who enters the tournament with a 10-16 overall record and finished the season with a 4-12 mark in the conference, is led by senior Jodi Steffes. Steffes has a team-high 352 kills with a 3.67 kills per game average. She is second on the team in service aces (31), and is also second in digs (246) and blocks (58). Junior Jessi Betcher leads the team in assists with 953 (9.93 apg), in service aces (41) and in digs (260). Freshman Lori Ashton has tallied a team-high 94 blocks (21 solo), and leads the team in hitting percentage (.292). Redshirt freshman Ryane Beasley ranks second on the team in kills with 283 (3.22) and in digs with 219 (2.49 dpg).
North Carolina, who finished the regular season with a 20-7 overall record and a 10-1 mark in the conference, is led by Nicole Reis who has 422 kills and a 4.44 kpg average. Eve Rackham has handed out 703 assists, and Malaika Underwood has added 495 assists. Laura Greene leads the team in service aces with 40 and in digs with 346 (3.60 dpg). Holly Strauss has a team-high 140 blocks (31 solo).
North Carolina defeated Clemson in both regular season meetings in 2001. The Tar Heels defeated the Tigers 3-1 (29-31, 30-25, 30-27, 30-17) in Chapel Hill, then won (30-27, 30-23, 31-29) in a close three-game match at Jervey Gym. Clemson is 12-36 all-time against North Carolina, and has an 8-11 record against the Tar Heels under Jolene Jordan Hoover.
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