Four Tigers Earn AVCA Honorable Mention All-America

Four Tigers Earn AVCA Honorable Mention All-America

Dec. 12, 2007

CLEMSON, SC – Clemson’s Danielle Hepburn was named Honorable Mention All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Wednesday for the second straight year, while Didem Ege, Meghan Steiner earned their first national accolades. The players helped lead the Tigers to an ACC championship and 29-4 overall record.

The four selections are the most by Clemson in a single season, as just four other players, including Hepburn, have earned All-America honors. Hepburn added another award to her impressive career as the program’s first two-time selection. The junior from Miami, FL is the school record-holder for hitting percentage in both a single season (.395) and over a career (.342).

In 2007, Hepburn led the team with 440 kills and 166 total blocks. She ranked first in the ACC and 13th nationally with a .395 hitting percentage and was listed in the top 30 in the nation for blocks per game as well.

Ege, a libero from Istanbul, Turkey, set a school record with a 5.39 digs per game average in 2007, and the sophomore’s 615 defensive saves ranked second all-time.

Setter Murphy (New Lenox, IL) also entered the Clemson annuals in just her sophomore season. She tallied 1432 set assists, a mark that ranked fifth in Tiger history, while guiding the team to a .272 hitting figure, which was the second highest all-time.

Steiner, a senior from Crystal Lake, IL, totaled 308 kills in 2007 for a .381 hitting percentage that ranked third for a single season. She also posted 126 total blocks on the year.

All four players were announced as first-team all-region selections last week, while Ege, Hepburn and Murphy were named to the 2007 All-ACC First Team.