NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fresh off their first victory of 2014, the Tennessee State University volleyball team will travel to South Carolina for the Clemson Classic on Friday and Saturday.
The Tigers (1-6) will face Wofford (2-4) on Friday and the n play a tandem on Saturday of William & Mary (4-3) and the host Clemson Tigers (6-1). The match with the Terriers will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday with the two matches on Saturday being 9:00 a.m. against the Tribe and 6:00 p.m. against the Tigers.
TSU is combined 0-3 vs Clemson (0-2) and William & Mary (0-1) but have never faced Wofford before. It will be the third school this season that the Tigers will meet for the first time in program history.
Beating Alabama A&M 3-1 has the Tigers riding into Clemson on a high. The match victory against the Bulldogs was, by far, the most efficient attacking display that TSU has put on this season. Notching 51 kills compared to just 16 errors, the Tigers hit to a .299 clip in Huntsville. The third set of the match saw the greatest efficiency as they did not commit a single error.
Senior Taylor Swayzer paced the offense with 14 kills but it was junior Haley Hampton leading the way in attack percentage at .467. Both players, along with sophomore Arijana Anderson (12 kills) were key factors in the Tigers bringing home the win.
First up for TSU are the Terriers from Wofford. The first meeting for the two schools will be an interesting one to watch as the Terriers boast the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week in setter Molly Mayo. Wofford’s two wins this season have come against North Carolina Central as they beat them in the NCCU Invitational and the Wake Forest Tournament.
William & Mary return a lot of starters on the attacking side of the ball which has led to a 4-3 record to begin 2014. The Tribe have wins against Iona, Hampton, East Tennessee State, and Lehigh. They have also played the No. 1 team in the country, Penn State, and fell 0-3. The Tribe enter the Clemson Classic coming off a loss to George Mason.
The hosts for the tourney, Clemson Tigers, also enter the tournament on a loss, their first of 2014, as Furman beat them in five sets. That loss ended a streak of six-straight wins for the Tigers. Clemson holds a 2-0 record against TSU with the last match coming in 2011. Both Tiger teams met in Clemson with the hosts prevailing three sets to none. Clemson held a 10-6 record at home last season.
The Tigers begin the tournament with the Terriers at 3:30 p.m. A live audio broadcast will be available through TSUTigers.com.
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