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Clemson Volleyball To Play Host To Maryland and Virginia

Clemson Volleyball To Play Host To Maryland and Virginia

Oct. 23, 2002

The Clemson volleyball team will play host to Virginia and Maryland this weekend in Jervey Gym. The Tigers will take on Maryland Friday night at 7:00 p.m., then on Saturday, Clemson will play host to Virginia beginning at 6:00 p.m.

This weekend, several former Tiger volleyball stars will be in town for alumni weekend. Fans are invited to join the alumni on Friday evening to “Tailgate with the Tigers”. The cookout will begin at 5:30 p.m. outside of Jervey Gym.

The Tigers enter this weekend with a 13-10 overall record and 4-4 mark in conference play, after falling to Duke last weekend. So far this season, Clemson has posted ACC wins over Virginia, Maryland, Florida State and NC State. Clemson has posted a 10-2 record on its home court, losing only to #11 North Carolina (3-2) and then-ranked #21 Georgia Tech (3-2).

Sophomore Lori Ashton leads the Tigers with 348 kills and a .376 hitting percentage. She also ranks second on the team in blocks with 69 and a 0.77 blocks per game average. Junior Marija Zoric is Clemson’s top blocker with 104 blocks (25 solo) and a 1.22 blocks per game average. Zoric also is second on the team in hitting percentage (.299), while Ryane Beasley ranks second in kills per game with a 3.10 average and 279 kills. Senior Jessi Betcher has handed out a team-best 1,060 assists, and also leads the team in digs with 282 and a 3.13 digs per game average. Freshman Carly Hill has served up a team-high 36 aces for a 0.42 per game average. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .238 with a 14.58 kills per game average, along with 13.37 assists per game, 14.30 digs per game and 2.13 blocks per game.

The Terrapins are 14-9 overall and 3-5 in ACC play. Maryland was defeated last weekend by #11 North Carolina (1-3), but swept NC State the following day. Lynnsy Jones leads the Terrapins with 392 kills, a 4.51 kills per game average and a .274 hitting percentage. Jones has served up 38 aces this season for a 0.44 per game average. Carey Brennan is second on the team with 305 kills and a 3.86 kills per game average, and leads the team in digs with 256 and a 3.24 per game average. Lindsay Davey has handed out 821 assists for a 12.44 per game average, and Amanda Ayers leads the Terrapins at the net with 75 blocks.

The Tigers hold a 23-21 edge all-time against Maryland, and have posted an 8-6 mark over the Terrapins in Jervey Gym.

Virginia enters Saturday’s match with a 7-17 overall mark and an 1-7 record in the ACC. The Cavaliers split last weekend’s matches, losing 3-0 to #11 North Carolina, but defeating NC State 3-0. The Cavaliers are led by Paige Davis with 240 kills and a 2.82 kills per game average. Davis has recorded a team-best 29 service aces and is second on the team with 242 digs. Simona Kuipers has a team-high .206 hitting percentage and has posted 159 kills. She is the team’s top blocker with 74 blocks (15 solo). Whitney Ashcraft has tallied 354 digs this season for a 4.16 digs per game average. Kristin Chaney has handed out 505 assists, while Lily Phillips has recorded 349.

Clemson holds a 27-8 all-time record against the Cavaliers, with a 13-3 record over Virginia in Jervey Gym.

Admission is free to all home volleyball matches in Jervey Gym.