43 AVCA All-Region Honors - 2 ACC Players-of-the-Year - 22 Twenty-Plus-Win Seasons
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1999 ACC Champions Clemson’s 1999 volleyball team is responsible for one of two ACC regular season titles in the program’s history. That team also established a Clemson record with a .912 winning percentage, as the Tigers went 31-3 over the course of the season. The season began on a high note, as Clemson disposed of #16 Texas A&M 3-0 en route to winning a tournament in East Lansing, MI. In their final match of the two-day event, the Tigers downed host school and 22nd-ranked Michigan State 3-0. Clemson would keep that momentum for the entire month of September, going 13-0 during that time. Included in the victory total was yet another top 25 upset, this time of SEC foe Arkansas at home. The Tigers were pushed during that stretch, but Clemson persevered through five-game matches with Wake Forest and South Carolina. It wasn’t until October 9 that the 1999 squad would taste defeat. North Carolina came into Jervey Gym and walked out with a 3-1 win, ending the Tigers’ 16-match winning streak to start the season. Jolene Jordan Hoover and the Tigers quickly put together an equally impressive streak. Five consecutive road wins in conference play helped Clemson to a 15-match winning streak that lasted until the finals of the ACC Tournament. Clemson avenged its earlier loss to the Tar Heels by claiming a dramatic, five-game victory over a top 25 North Carolina squad in Chapel Hill. When the regular season had concluded, Clemson was 15-1 and had its first ACC volleyball championship. The Tigers finished the season a perfect 12-0 on the road, easily the best mark in school history. Clemson advanced to the finals of the ACC Tournament, but fell for a second time to the Tar Heels of North Carolina. In many ways it was the finest season in school history, as the Tigers set multiple records along the way. The 16-match winning streak remains the longest in school history, as does the 12-match road winning streak. The Tigers also put together a streak of 12 ACC wins in a row, still a school record. The 15 conference wins is four more than the second-best total in school history. Clemson defeated four top-25 teams in 1999, still a school record. The team also earned a place in the final AVCA top-25 poll at #22. As a team, Clemson recorded its best ever hitting percentage at .275. That is 14 points higher than the next best total, which was a .261 hitting percentage by the 1995 squad. The 1999 team also set records for kills per game (16.91) and assists per game (15.54), which still stand today. Cindy Stern, a middle blocker for the Tigers during that season, made history by becoming the first All-American ever for the program. She put together one of the top all-around seasons in school history with 531 kills, 127 total blocks, and 254 digs. Three other Tigers placed on the All-ACC teams, with Alison Coday earning first-team honors and Jodi Steffes and Jessi Betcher named to the second team.
2013 Clemson Volleyball
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