CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson volleyball team travels to New Haven Conn., for the Yale Invitational, which begins Friday afternoon in the Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The Tigers (3-1) take on Rhode Island (0-3) on Friday at 4:30 p.m., followed by Delaware (0-3) and Yale (0-0) at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, on Saturday.
“We’re really excited to take our first road trip together as a team. It was awesome seeing the girls’ excitement as we landed in New York. For a few of them, it is there first time being here, so it’s an exciting time for our team to travel together for the first time,” said Clemson head coach Michaela Franklin. “From a volleyball standpoint, we’re looking forward to playing three competitive teams that are probably going to do well within their conference. It’s going to present a different challenge with being on the road, since we’ve started off playing at home for our first four matches. We’re looking forward to being able to bring our identity on the road and to bring our team culture on the road.”
The Tigers are coming off a 3-0 loss against Kennesaw State this past Tuesday. Sophomore outside hitter Kaylin Korte led all Clemson hitters with 10 kills.
The Tigers were blanked (3-0) by Kennesaw State (2-0) on Tuesday … Kaylin Korte, a sophomore transfer from Illinois, led the Tigers in a losing effort with 10 kills.
As of Aug. 30, Clemson ranks fifth in the ACC, holding opponents to .165 hitting percentage.
Junior setter Caroline Pearson, a transfer from Arizona State, ranks fifth in the ACC in assists per set (10.40).
Korte ranks 10th in the ACC in kills per set (3.40), while junior middle blocker Megan McGinley ranks 10th in hitting percentage (.333).
Clemson won the 2017 Big Orange Bash last weekend, going 3-0 against Bethune-Cookman (25-21, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20), Jacksonville (20-25, 25-7, 25-20, 22-25, 15-13) and Lamar (25-17, 25-20, 25-15).
Junior outside hitter Kailey Harvell was tabbed the Tournament MVP of the Big Orange Bash after averaging 3.58 kills per set, while hitting .366.
Korte and McGinley were named to the All-Tournament Team … Korte averaged 3.42 kills per set and 2.58 digs per set … McGinley averaged 2.17 kills per set, while hitting 3.85
McGinley also tallied seven blocks the weekend of the Big Orange Bash, including two block solos and a match-winning block assist in the Tigers’ five-set win over Jacksonville.
The Tigers dominated Jacksonville in the second set (25-7) … Clemson had not held an opponent to single-digit points in a single set to 25 since the Tigers downed Georgia State 25-6 in the second set on September 18, 2010.