8 NCAA Tournament Appearances - 19 AVCA All-America Honors - 2 ACC Titles
May 31, 1977 Clemson athletic officials announced the university would field women’s volleyball for the first time in the fall of 1977. Grace Lyles was named the Lady Tigers’ first coach. September 28, 1977 Clemson played its first volleyball match and was victorious over USCSpartanburg, 15-9, 13-15, 16-14. September 28-29, 1977 Clemson won the Mars Hill Invitational – the school’s first tournament championship. November 10, 1979 Clemson won its 43rd match of the year with a win over South Carolina. The 43 wins set the school’s record for most victories for a single season. October 31 – November 1, 1980 Clemson participated in the first ACC Volleyball Tournament. The Lady Tigers finished third in the inaugural affair. November 1, 1980 Judy Sackfield and Lisa Harbison were Clemson’s first All-ACC players. January 21, 1986 Denise Murphy was named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American second team. December, 1986 Denise Murphy was named to the NCAA Southeast All-Region team, Clemson’s first all-district player. January 26, 1987 Denise Murphy was named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American second team. Chris Sherman was named to the third team. This was the first time in Clemson history that a team had two academic All-Americans in the same year. November 20-22, 1987 Clemson played host to the eighth annual ACC Volleyball Tournament. January, 1988 Chris Sherman was named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American second team, becoming Clemson’s first two-time Academic All-American. September 15-16, 1989 Clemson won the Big Orange Classic. This was the first regular-season tournament Clemson had ever played host to on campus. November, 1989 The Tigers finished the season with a 30-7 overall record and a .811 win-
ning percentage, the best in Lady Tiger history. September 25, 1992 With a five-game victory over Auburn, the Lady Tigers set a school record for the best undefeated start in Clemson volleyball history at 15-0. It was also the longest winning streak in Clemson history. December 2, 1992 Jolene Jordan Hoover was named head coach of the Tigers. September 27, 1993 For the first time in the history of the Clemson volleyball program, the team received a regional ranking in the NCAA polls. The Tigers made their debut at the 13th position in the South. November 6, 1993 Clemson’s win over 23rd-ranked Florida State was the Tigers’ first-ever victory over a nationally-ranked team. November 18, 1993 Julie Rodriguez was named ACC Rookie of the Year. December 1, 1993 Clemson played in its first-ever NCAA tournament match versus Houston. This match was played in Clemson, SC. November 5, 1994 Clemson upset 17th-ranked Duke in three games at home for the 400th victory in the history of the program. It marked the second season in a row that the Tigers defeated a nationallyranked team and the first time Clemson had beaten Duke since 1981. November 17, 1994 Jolene Jordan Hoover became the first Clemson volleyball coach to be named ACC Coach of the Year. Robin Kibben was named to the All-ACC first team for the third straight year. November 20, 1994 The Tigers competed in the championship match of the ACC Tournament, held in Chapel Hill, NC, for the first time in school history. Duke defeated the Tigers in three games, 15-6, 15-9, 15-7. Robin Kibben and Heather Kahl were named to the ACC all-tournament team. November 30, 1994 Clemson played host to its second straight NCAA first-round tournament and posted its first win ever in an NCAA tournament. The Tigers defeated Stephen F. Austin in five games for the win.
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December 3, 1994 For the first time in the history of the program, the Tigers participated in the second round of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament, playing Houston at Houston, TX. The Tigers fell to the Cougars, 15-1, 15-13, 15-12. November 15, 1995 Stephanie Schulz was named ACC Rookie of the Year. November 21-23, 1997 The Tigers won the Atlantic Coast Conference title for the first time in the program’s history. Clemson defeated Duke, 15-11, 16-14, 14-10, in the first round and upset 15thranked Maryland in the semifinals, 7-15, 15-10, 15-8, 15-10, at the ACC Tournament in Raleigh, NC. In the championship match, Clemson defeated Georgia Tech, 8-15, 15-3, 15-9, 15-13, for its first ACC title in school history. Michelle Thieke was named the ACC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player. December 6, 1997 Central Florida won over Clemson, 15-7, 15-13, 15-1, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Madison, WI. November 23, 1998 Jodi Steffes was named the 1998 ACC Rookie of the Year. December 4, 1998 Clemson defeated Fairfield, 15-9, 15-9, 15-5, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at University Park, PA. December 5, 1998 Penn State defeated Clemson in University Park, PA, 15-2, 15-11, 15-5, in NCAA Tournament second-round= action. September 3, 1999 – October 9, 1999 Clemson won 16 straight matches to begin the 1999 season, the longest winning streak to date in history. The Tigers defeated Texas A&M on Sept. 3 and won their next 15 matches before falling to North Carolina on Oct. 9. September 7, 1999 The Clemson volleyball program recorded its 500th victory with a 15-2, 15-9, 15-5 victory over Winthrop at home. November 13, 1999 Clemson clinched its first ACC regular season title, going 15-1 in conference matches.
November 15, 1999 The Tigers achieved their highest national ranking in program history when they were listed 13th in the AVCA poll. November 18, 1999 Cindy Stern was selected as the ACC Player of the Year, Clemson’s first in history. Jessi Betcher also earned ACC Rookie of the Year honors. December 2, 1999 The Tigers played host to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Clemson fell to Indiana in four games, 9-15, 15-11, 5-15, 12-15. December 9, 1999 Jolene Jordan Hoover was named the District III Coach of the Year. December 16, 1999 Cindy Stern was selected to the second team All-America, the first AllAmerican in ACC history. December, 1999 The Tigers concluded, arguably, the best season in program history, posting a 31-3 overall record that included four wins over ranked opponents and set the school record with a .912 winning percentage. The team put together 16- and 15-match winning streaks during the year and also claimed Clemson’s lone ACC regular season title with a 15-1 record in league matches. The Tigers also earned their only final top-25 ranking in history, finishing 22nd in the AVCA poll. August 1, 2002 The ACC announced it’s 50th Anniversary Volleyball Team, with seven Clemson players making the list - Alison Coday, Heather Kahl, Robin Kibben, Julie Rodriguez, Jodi Steffes, Cindy Stern and Michelle Thieke. January 22, 2003 Cindy Stern was named one of 50 ACC 50th Anniversary Top Female Athletes. September 24, 2004 Tiger volleyball head coach Jolene Jordan Hoover recorded her 100th ACC victory when Clemson defeated NC State, 30-22, 30-17, 30-24. November 18-20, 2004 Clemson reached the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in thrilling fashion, as the Tigers entered the event as the ninth seed among the 11 teams. Clemson edged Virginia Tech in five sets in the first round, 30-19, 36-34, 28-30, 28-30, 15-8. The Tigers then upset #1-seed Georgia Tech, who had gone 16-0 in the ACC regular season,
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