Nov. 9, 2006
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson volleyball team (16-7, 11-4 ACC) will play North Carolina (7-18, 5-11 ACC) and NC State (2-23, 0-15) in its final weekend road series. The Tigers and Tar Heels are scheduled to begin play at 6:00 pm on Friday night at the Carmichael Auditorium in Chapel Hill, NC, while Clemson will then face the Wolfpack at Reynolds Gym in Raleigh, NC in a 6:00 pm match on Saturday. Friday night’s contest will be broadcast on www.ACCSelect.com, and both matches will be available on livestats via www.clemsontigers.com.
The Tigers have been productive on the offensive and defensive side of the net this season, as Clemson players lead the league in blocking, hitting percentage and kills. Clemson also ranks first in the ACC and 12th in the nation for team blocks per game with a 3.29 figure. Sophomore Danielle Hepburn is largely responsible for the outstanding statistic as she is averaging 1.75 blocks per game, which leads the ACC and ranks fifth in the nation.
Hepburn is also atop the conference standings with a .373 hitting percentage, while fellow middle blocker Meghan Steiner’s .341 figure ranks second.Sophomore outside hitter Jeannette Abbot holds the number-one ranking in the league for kills per game with a 4.60 figure that is also listed 30th in the country.
Scouting the Tar Heels The North Carolina volleyball team has a 7-18 overall record this season with a 5-11 mark in conference play. The Tar Heels are led by Amy Beaver who has totaled a team-best 222 kills and 100 total blocks. She has 21 of North Carolina’s 45 solo blocks, while also posting 17 service aces. Setter Stephanie Jansma has tallied 958 assists, while Brianna Eskola leads the team with 427 digs.
Overall, the Tar Heels are averaging 13.77 kills per game with a 2.44 block per game figure.
Clemson vs. North Carolina, The Series With the Tigers 3-0 victory over North Carolina earlier this season, Clemson claimed its first win over the Tar Heels since the 1999 season. North Carolina still holds a 46-13 all-time advantage in the series score. Danielle Hepburn each posted 14 kills against the Tar Heels on Oct. 14, while Hepburn hit a .467 percentage in the contest. She also recorded 10 block assists to help Clemson to tally 17 total team blocks against the Tar Heels.
Scouting the Wolfpack The NC State Wolfpack enters this weekend’s action with a 2-23 overall record and a 0-16 mark against ACC opponents. Keshia Raibon leads the squad with 229 kills, while Aiwane Iboaya has posted a team-best 80 total blocks. Andrea Bentley has recorded 204 defensive saves for NC State and setter Allison Davis has tallied 715 assists on the year.
The Wolfpack is averaging 11.90 kills per game and has recorded 125 service aces during the current season.
Clemson vs. NC State, The Series The Tigers extended their winning streak to 17 matches over the Wolfpack with a 3-0 victory on Oct. 13. Overall, Clemson leads 29-17 in the series that began in 1980.
In this season’s previous meeting against NC State, the Tigers recorded a .322 hitting percentage and served seven aces, with four by Danielle Hepburn led the team with 15 kills and hit a career-best .652 percentage, while Meghan Steiner’s posted double-figure kill totals as well with 12 and 11, respectively.
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