@ClemsonVB Wraps Up Season at #16 FSU, Miami
By: Clemson Athletic Communications
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson volleyball team will wrap up the 2013 regular season with two matches in the Sunshine State this week. The Tigers (15-14, 9-9 ACC) will take on 16th-ranked Florida State (22-7, 15-3 ACC) at Tully Gym on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Miami (17-11, 10-8 ACC) at the JL Knight Sports Complex on Friday at 7 p.m.
The Tigers are 19-30 all-time against the Seminoles and look to pick up their first win in the series since 2008. FSU knocked off the Tigers in 3-2 (19-25, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-8) in Clemson earlier this season.
Clemson holds a 11-8 advantage in the all-time series against Miami. The Hurricanes won the most recent matchup with the Tigers by a score of 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-20) at Jervey Gym back in October.
The Tigers entering Thanksgiving week having won three straight after sweeping their final two home matches of the season against Syracuse and Boston College last weekend.
The return of Karis Watson has been a big part of the Tigers’ recent success. The junior has registered 31 kills and 16 over her last three matches while hitting .351 during that stretch.
Mo Simmons continues her push for ACC Player of the Year honors. The senior from Buford, GA, leads the conference in kills (4.48) and points (4.91) per set overall. Her 520 kills and 1,468 attacks rank in the top-ten in school history for single-season totals. She will likely become the first Clemson player to lead the ACC in kills per set since Jeannette Abbott in 2006.
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- The Tigers have won 3 in a row entering Thanksgiving week
- Clemson is looking to finish with a winning record for the 8th straight season, and need to win one of two to accomplish that
- Senior Mo Simmons leads the ACC and is 15th nationally at 4.48 kills/set
- Her 4.91 pts/set is also 1st in the ACC and 20th in the nation
- Leah Perri recorded a career-high 20 kills to lead the Tigers in a five-set win over Wake Forest
- Hannah Brenner recorded the second triple-double of her career against Wake Forest with 10 kills, 50 assists and 16 digs.
- Brenner now has 3834 career assists, 4th most in Clemson history
- Beta Dumancic ranks 6th in the ACC at 1.22 blocks per set
- Irem Bayramoglu’s 0.34 aces/set is the 5th-best average in the ACC and her 33 aces are the most since 2009
- Kristin Faust is third on the team with seven double-doubles this season, including 1 at libero
- Libero Niki Collier is 2nd on the team with 342 digs and established a new career-high 22 against Virginia Tech
- Clemson ranks 2nd in the ACC at 15.58 digs/set; The Tigers led the league last season at 17.19 per set