Sept. 21, 2003
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson volleyball team will open conference play on Tuesday, as the Tigers travel to Chapel Hill, NC, to take on the Tar Heels at 7:00 p.m. in Carmichael Auditorium. The Tigers will look to extend their eight-match winning streak, dating back to a 3-1 victory over in-state rival South Carolina on Sept. 9.
The Tigers enter league play with a 10-5 record, after capturing the Clemson Invitational tournament crown over the weekend. Clemson defeated East Tennessee State 3-0 on Friday, and downed Charleston Southern 3-0 and Illinois-Chicago 3-2 on Saturday to conclude the tournament.
Ryane Beasley was named the MVP of the Clemson Invitational after posting 32 kills, a .556 hitting percentage, seven digs and 15 total blocks (four solo). The Channahon, IL, native tallied 14 kills against Illinois-Chicago with seven blocks and a .500 hitting percentage. Against Charleston Southern, Beasley posted 12 kills with a .611 hitting percentage and five blocks. Lindsey Abbott and Lori Ashton were also named to the all-tournament team, as Abbott had 18 digs against Illinois-Chicago and 10 digs against East Tennessee State. Ashton had nine blocks (four solo) against Illinois-State and 14 kills with a career-best .667 hitting percentage against East Tennessee State.
Under head coach Jolene Jordan Hoover, the Tigers are 7-3 in conference openers, including last year’s 3-2 win over Maryland in College Park. On the season Clemson is 2-1 in away matches, 2-2 at neutral sites and 6-2 at home.
Junior Leslie Finn leads the Tigers with 204 kills and a 3.78 kills per game average. Finn is third on the team with 139 digs and a 2.57 digs per game average. Ashton has 195 kills, 70 blocks (25 solo) and a team-best .296 hitting percentage, while Beasley has tallied 161 kills with 69 blocks (13 solo). Freshman Liz Beckham has posted 140 kills and is second on the team with 147 digs. Abbott has recorded a team-best 194 digs with a 3.53 digs per game average, and Carly Hill has served up 18 service aces. Stephanie Haskell has handed out 430 assists with 86 digs, while Dawn Robertson has 187 assists.
The Tar Heels enter Tuesday’s match with an 8-4 overall record, after posting a 1-2 mark at the Wildcat Classic in Evanston, IL over the weekend. North Carolina fell to Florida and Northwestern, while defeating Chicago State. Clemson is 12-39 all-time against the Tar Heels, with a 4-16 record on the Tar Heels’ home court.
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