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Clemson Volleyball Travels to Duke, Wake Forest, This Weekend

Clemson Volleyball Travels to Duke, Wake Forest, This Weekend

Oct. 28, 2010

The Clemson volleyball team will travel to the state of North Carolina to take on Duke (17-4, 9-2 ACC) at 7:00 pm in Cameron Indoor Stadium, and to Wake Forest (13-8, 6-5 ACC) for a 6:00 pm Saturday showdown in Reynolds Gym. The Tigers (14-8, 5-6 ACC) are winner of three of the last four matches, and are currently #62 in the RPI.

Wins this weekend against RPI #9 Duke and #55 Wake Forest would go a long way in the Tigers’ bid for a fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament selection.

Duke Blue Devils – 7:00 pm Friday – Durham, NCLivestats: • The Blue Devils were picked to win the ACC in the preseason coaches poll • Duke leads the all-time series with the Tigers, 32-21, including two straight 3-2 wins in Clemson • Duke has won the last three matchups, but Clemson won the previous three, including two in a row in 2007 when the Blue Devils were ranked in the top 15 nationally. • Head coaches Jolene Hoover and Jolene Nagel are each among the top-40 active coaches in wins • Duke, like Clemson, uses a balanced attack; Becci Burling leads the Blue Devils in kills with 3.19 per set, and Christiana Gray leads the ACC in hitting percentage at .406 • Duke beat Clemson in five sets earlier this season on Sept. 24. The Tigers had a season-high 21.0 blocks in the match, led by Alexa Rand’s 15 (13 BA, 2 BS). Serenat Yaz led the Tigers with 13 kills and 20 digs, and Mo Simmons finished just shy of a triple-double, posting 10 kills, 9 digs, and 8 blocks. The Devils had 82 kills to Clemson’s 48, and had five players in double-digits in kills and four in digs.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons – 6:00 pm Saturday – Winston-Salem, NCLivestats: • The Demon Deacons are coached by former Clemson standout, Heather Kahl Holmes • Kahl played at Clemson from 1991-94, with her final two seasons under Jolene Hoover • She was a 1994 AVCA all-Regional selection and was 2nd-team All-ACC • Kahl ranks 4th in Clemson history in assists and assists per set. Her 80 assists against UNC in 1994 still ranks second in Clemson history for a single match. She also had 35 digs in that match, which ranks fourth in team history • Wake Forest is 13-8 overall, and 6-5 in the ACC, and are coming off a 3-0 win over Florida State and a 0-3 loss ot Miami • The Demon Deacons are led by Kadijah Fornah, who is averaging 3.26 kills per set so far this season, 6th-best in the ACC • Clemson leads the All-Time series with the Demon Deacons, 25-11 • Wake defeated Clemson, 3-0 (28-26, 26-24, 25-23), by a combined six points, the minimum required to win a match. Adrea Beck had 15 kills to lead the Deacs, while Serenat Yaz and Sandra Adeleye recordeddouble-digits for Clemson. The Tigers were only able to muster six blocks on the day, and hit .186.

Clemson Quick Notes: • Clemson ranks 6th nationally and first in the ACC with a 2.97 blocks/set average • Freshman Hannah Brenner is the ACC’s reigning Rookie of the Week after leading Clemson to a 2-0 record last weekend, averaging 12.1 assists, 1.6 kills, 1.6 digs, and 1.3 blocks per set. • Alexa Rand leads the conference and is 3rd in the nation in individual blocking, with a 1.58 per set average. • Clemson recorded 21.0 total blocks against the Blue Devils on Sept. 25, only two short of a school record, and followed that with 20.0 against the Tar Heels in only four sets. • The Tigers have gone to five sets six times, and have a 4-2 mark in those contests. Last season, the Tigers played in 10 five-set matches with a 3-7 record in those matches • The Tigers defeated NC State in Clemson last weekend in five sets, keeping a 25-match win streak alive against the Wolfpack • Serenat Yaz has twelve double-doubles this year to lead all Tigers, and has nine of them in ACC matches this year • Yaz is averaging 2.90 kills per set this year after averaging just 0.23 a season ago, an improvement of 2.68 per set. • Alexa Rand set the school record for block assists in a single match when she had 13 against Duke. • Freshmen and sophomores have accounted for 100% of the team’s kills and blocks, and 1366.5 of 1386.5 points (98.6%) • The current squad features five sophomores and five freshmen • Cansu Ozdemir is the lone senior, and the team’s captain • Sandra Adeleye recorded her 500th career kill at Miami, accomplishing the feat in only 163 sets. • Head Coach Jolene Jordan Hoover is in her 18th season as Clemson’s head coach, and her 374 wins as an ACC head coach rank third in ACC history • Clemson will play the 1200th match in school history on Oct. 30