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2013 Season Outlook

2013 Season Outlook Six. 82. 1,807. 3,793. 2,817. 1,322. 4,751. Those numbers represent the number of All-ACC selections, wins, sets played, kills, digs, blocks, and points, respectively, that last season’s senior class of Sandra Adeleye, Natalie Patzin, Alexa Rand, and Serenat Yaz tallied during their four years. Head Coach Jolene Jordan Hoover will use a combination of her nine newcomers and seven returning letterwinners to bring a new-look Clemson team into a new-look ACC. Three key contributors over the last three seasons do return in hitter Mo Simmons, setter Hannah Brenner, and outside hitter Kristin Faust. Other than that, Hoover will look from competition to determine who will see the most action in 2013. “We lost a lot in our four seniors, who all started,” said Hoover, who enters her 21st season at Clemson. “But, we also return a lot, but were a bit of an unknown because a lot of people haven’t seen those new players play. But, I feel that we’re really going to be good, but different.” Different may be an understatement. The incoming class includes six freshmen and three transfers, and with all of the new faces will come new challenges in terms of on-court continuity. Additionally, the nine newcomers hail from a total of four countries, six positions, and four states. Because of the great numbers on the roster, which includes eight players listed at 6-feet or taller, competition will be fierce for the open spots. Senior Mo Simmons will again be one of the focal points of the offense. After finishing last season seventh in the ACC at 3.17 kills per set and leading Clemson with 995 attacks, Simmons will be called upon as a finisher on both the left and right sides. She also has extensive USA Volleyball experience, and has been voted as a captain by the team for a third straight season. Her versatility and potential will allow Hoover to fill in around her. Hannah Brenner, a three-year starter at setter, has guided the Tiger offense to the tune of 2,798 assists over her career, good for sixth in school history. In addition, hitter Kristin Faust, who was third on the team with 253 kills and 332 digs, is coming off an ACL injury, which 2013 Clemson Volleyball

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she suffered early in spring practice. Faust was one of Clemson’s primary passers, along with Patzin and Yaz, in 2012. Faust received 596 serves a season ago with a .955 success rate. Her continued recovery is key, as she provides a high-flying and athletic option on the outside, and is an invaluable defensive asset. Hoover cites the loss of two of her main passers to graduation as one of the main storylines of fall camp. Along with a healthy Faust, freshmen Milica Stamenic and transfers Alex Lynch and Niki Collier. Cayley Balser or Irem Bayramoglu will also be looked at as other options passing. “Our biggest piece is the graduation of two of our main passers, and Faust recovering from ACL surgery as our third passer,” said Hoover. “So, that will be a big piece to focus on in preseason, and that will be a very important piece- our first ball contact.“ Clemson likes to move with a quick tempo offensively, and were one of the best at allowing aces last season at just 0.89 per set, and led the conference in digs per set at 17.19. A great pass will be required to allow Brenner, backup Kamryn Sherman, or freshman Megan Giardina, to have all of their distribution options. Brenner has been an enthusiastic contributor over her first three seasons, and will be expected to elevate her game even further, and possibly contend for all-conference honors this season. She was named to the All-freshman team in 2010, and was fifth in the ACC last season in assists per set. Sherman has seen action throughout her first two seasons, including earning five starts a season ago. Simmons will see many of the offensive opportunities, but there is also a big chance for Faust, Balser, Perri, and Bayramoglu to earn valuable swings from the outside. In the middle, gone are four-year starters Rand and Adeleye, who combined to average nearly seven points per set over the last four seasons. Junior Karis Watson is the lone returner with experience in the middle, and is a tremendously strong blocker. Beta Dumancic, a transfer who hails from Osijek,

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2013 Clemson Volleyball Media Guide  

2013 Clemson Volleyball Media Guide; written and edited by Clemson Athletic Communications office.

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