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Sept. 9, 2002

Columbia, S.C. – Tuesday, Sept. 10 will mark the 49th meeting between the South Carolina and Clemson volleyball teams. Scheduled for a 7 p.m. start at the Volleyball Competition Facility, the match is the first sport of the two rival schools to meet this 2002 season. It is Garnet and Black night and the first 200 fans to get into the match will receive a “Beat Clemson!” t-shirt.

“When Carolina is playing Clemson, in any sport, you can always count on an intense match-up. There is always so much energy in a Carolina-Clemson game, from the coaches to the players to the fans,” said head coach Kim Christopher. “This is always a big match for us and we are excited to get it underway.”

Carolina (5-1) is coming off of an upset over No. 13 Pacific to win the Carolina Classic this past weekend, while Clemson (4-3) has won their last four matches and won their own Big Orange Bash tournament. The Gamecocks lead the series 30-18 including a 3-1 victory in Clemson last season. The last win over the Gamecocks for the Tigers was a 3-2 victory in Clemson in 1999. The last time Clemson beat the Gamecocks in Columbia was 1994 in a 3-0 victory.

Statistically, Carolina is currently led by freshman Sarah Morgan in kills (66), and sophomore Niece Curry in hitting (.371) and total blocks (24). Senior captain Megan Hosp leads the team in service aces (12) and digs (62).

The Tigers are led by sophomore Lori Ashton who has 96 kills (3.84 per game), and junior Marija Zoric, who leads the team with 24 blocks.