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Clemson volleyball earns NCAA Tournament invite

CLEMSON — The Clemson volleyball team received a bid to the NCAA Tournament and will play Oregon in the first round as announced by the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee on Sunday afternoon.

Clemson will play Oregon on Friday at 5 p.m. in Lexington Ky. in the first round. The winner of this match will play the winner of the Kentucky-Michigan State match on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the second round.

This will be the Tigers’ eighth NCAA Appearance, all under head coach Jolene Hoover. The 2009 NCAA Tournament will be the third straight postseason appearance for the Tigers. This is the second time in school history that the Tigers have been to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Before this season, Clemson has been to the NCAA Tournament in 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2007 and 2008.

A total of 64 teams comprise the field. There are 31 conferences with automatic qualification and the remaining 33 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket.

Clemson has a 23-9 record overall this season and finished fourth in the ACC with a 13-7 record. The Tigers are led in hitting by middle hitter Alexa Rand with a .398 pct. Outside hitter Lia Proctor leds the team in kills with 463. Outside hitter Casu Ozdemir leads the team in service aces with 32. Didem Ege leads the team in digs with 595 this season. Rand leads the team in blocks with 155.

The Tigers have won eight of the last 10 matches played this season. The Tigers have won 20 or more matches for four consecutive seasons.

Oregon finished the season with a 19-9 record overall and a 9-9 mark in the Pac-10. The Ducks’ Sonja Newcombe leads the team in kills with 447. Neticia Enesi leads the team in hitting pct. with a .380 mark. Oregon is ranked 18th nationally according to the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. Oregon is also seeded 14th overall in the tournament.

“We are very excited to get a bid to the NCAA Tournament,” Hoover said. “I thought we were a bubble team before the announcement was made. I am thrilled that five teams from the ACC were selected to the tournament as this is a very tough conference. We will now work on preparing for Oregon. I am so thrilled for our seniors as all four have had great careers. I’m happy that their careers can be extended with a NCAA Tournament bid.”