Sept. 6, 2004
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Clemson volleyball will open its road schedule Tuesday night against in-state rival South Carolina. The match is scheduled for 7:00 PM at the Colonial Center in Columbia, SC. It marks the first ever volleyball match played in that venue. Tickets are just $1 for the match.
South Carolina holds a 30-19 overall advantage in the series history. The Gamecocks are 17-6 versus Clemson in games played in Columbia. Last season, the Tigers defeated the Gamecocks 3-1 in Clemson. The last time these two teams met in Columbia, South Carolina prevailed with a five-game win. Clemson’s last road win versus the Gamecocks came in 1994, the second year under current head coach Jolene Jordan Hoover.
Clemson has a 4-1 record this season, including a defeat of then #21 Northern Iowa last Friday night in the Clemson Invitational. The Tigers, who won three of four matches, claimed the event title for the third consecutive year. Lori Ashton was named Tournament MVP of the Clemson Invitational after posting 18 kills and a .455 hitting percentage against Northern Iowa. Leslie Finn leads the Clemson offense with 91 kills and 5.35 per game. Sophomore Anna Vallinch, a transfer from Nebraska-Kearney, leads the team with 80 digs through five matches. Both Finn and Vallinch were named to the All-Clemson Invitational team.
South Carolina will enter tomorrow’s match with a 2-1 record. The Demon Deacons defeated the Gamecocks 3-1 Friday night in Winston-Salem during the Wake Forest Invitational. South Carolina notched wins over Connecticut and Marshall in the event. Leading the way for South Carolina is Shonda Cole, who has 50 kills and a 4.55 per game average through three matches. Setter Katelyn Panzau has totaled 90 assists, equating to an average of 8.18 per game.
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