March 3, 2000
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson volleyball team is ranked ninth nationally, according to the 1999 Rating Percentage Indices (RPI) released this week by the NCAA. The RPI ranking is based on winning percentage, opponents’ success, and opponents’ strength of schedule.
The ACC ranked second nationally among all conferences, with an RPI rating of .5717, and the Tigers’ non-conference record (14-1) earned the 17th-best RPI rating. Coupled with the strength of the ACC schedule, the Tigers’ total rating was ninth nationally.
Penn State led the nation in RPI rating, having won the 1999 NCAA Championship. Long Beach State and Stanford rounded out the top three. The Big Ten Conference led the nation with a rating of .5793.
“We’re very excited and pleased that the ACC conference had such a great year, and us finishing ninth in the country helps to validate our program’s reputation nationally,” said Clemson head coach Jolene Jordan Hoover.
Clemson finished the 1999 season with an impressive 31-3 record, earning its fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last seven years. The Tigers also won their first ACC regular season championship in 1999.
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