@ClemsonVB: Simmons Named to All-ACC 1st Team; Perri All-Freshman
By: Clemson Athletic Communications
GREENSBORO, NC - Senior outside hitter Mo Simmons was named All-ACC Volleyball First Team and Leah Perri was named to the All-Freshman team. It is the first career honor for both players. Simmons led all ACC players with 549 kills and a 4.46 kills per set average this season. Perri was second among all freshmen with 302 kills, and was second Clemson’s roster.
Perri is the first Clemson player named to the All-freshman team since Simmons and Hannah Brenner in 2010. Simmons’ selection to the nine-member first team caps a career that saw her finish as one of just seven players in school history with more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.
Simmons achieved one of the most prolific offensive seasons in school history, finishing with an ACC-leading 549 kills, a 4.46 kills/set average, and 599.5 points scored. Simmons’ kill total was the 4th-most in a season in Clemson history, the average is sixth, and her 1,570 attempts this year were behind only Leslie Finn’s 1739 in 2004. Simmons had double-figure kills in 29-of-31 matches, including 25 in a row at one point. She had 20 or more 11 times, including a career-best 28 vs. Syracuse on Oct. 27. She also set an ACC record with 24 kills in a 3-set win against Notre Dame. No ACC player in the 25-point era has ever had more kills in a three-set match.
Perri had a strong freshman season, tallying the most kills (302) by a first-year player since Sandra Adeleye in 2009. Perri was a two-time ACC Freshman of the Week, and led the Tigers with a .287 hitting percentage, the first freshman to do so since Alexa Rand hit .391 in 2009. She finished second on the team with 338.5 points, an average of 2.75 per set.
Clemson finished the season with a 15-16 record and a 9-11 record in ACC play.