CLEMSON, S.C. – Head Coach Jolene Hoover and the Clemson volleyball team held their first practice of the 2014 season Friday morning in Jervey Gym.
Hoover, who is entering her twenty-second season at the helm of the program, returns five starters, and 9 letterwinners from her 2013 team. Among the top returners are seniors Kristin Faust, Beta Dumancic and Karis Watson. Sophomore Leah Perri is also returning after a breakout freshman year and being named to the 2013 ACC All-Freshman Team.
The Tigers add five newcomers, including Haleigh Hampton a 6-6 transfer from Long Beach State. The freshmen class includes Meghan Hanewall (Lombard, Ill.), Ashley Dina (Lake Zurich, Ill.), Kate Federico (Plainfield, Ill.) and Gabby Blados (Liberty Township, Ohio).
The team will hold two weeks of preseason training, which will include their annual Orange & White Scrimmage on Aug. 22 at 5 p.m. The Tigers will start regular season play on Aug. 29 with the first match of their 24th Annual Big Orange Bash at 3 p.m. vs. USC Upstate in Jervey Gym.