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Claire Edwards

  • position MB
  • height 6-2
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Columbia, S.C.
  • Major Sport and Entertainment Management
  • High school River Bluff
  • position MB
  • height 6-2
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Columbia, S.C.
  • Major Sport and Entertainment Management
  • High school River Bluff

Claire Edwards Bio

AWARDS/HONORS

  • 2017, 2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Week (9/9/19)
2019 (SENIOR)

  • Ended her career in style, posting career highs in every major statistical category: kills (189), hitting percentage (.312), service aces (21), total blocks (110) and points (271.0).
  • Started in all 32 matches, appearing in 112 total sets.
  • Her 116 career matches played now ranks seventh in the program’s rally-scoring era.
  • Finished third for career solo blocks (48), fourth for total blocks (316) and sixth in hitting percentage (.256) in the program’s rally-scoring era.
  • Hit .727 with eight kills against No. 12 Pittsburgh (8/31).
  • Earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 9, after putting down 17 total blocks in 10 sets at the UCF Challenge tournament in Orlando, Fla. She also averaged 2.30 kills per set and hit .463 over the three matches.
  • Totaled a season-high 12 kills and hit .381 against Texas A&M, adding three blocks and an ace (11/27).
  • Led the team in kills twice and led the team in blocks 12 times during the season.
2018 (JUNIOR)

  • Enjoyed a career year, with personal bests in kills (184) and blocks (78).
  • Started all 30 matches for the team, missing just one set for the year.
  • Matched her career high with seven blocks at Rice (8/31). 
  • Had a career-high three aces in the win over Charlotte (9/4). 
  • Led the team with three solo blocks vs. LSU, matching her career high (9/23).
  • Hit .538 with eight kills at Tennessee (10/24).
  • Finished with 10 kills an ace and a solo block in the upset of No. 20 Missouri (11/2).
  • Finished with five blocks and 10 kills vs. Colorado (11/30) in the NCAA tournament’s opening round.

2017 (SOPHOMORE)

  • Started in 26 matches, and played in 101 sets.
  • Finished third on the team with 177 kills (1.75 per set).
  • Doubled her solo blocks from her freshman season (from eight to 16), and finished third on the team with 74 total blocks.
  • Had three solo blocks vs. Ole Miss, a new career best (10/16).
  • Led the team with a career-high 13 kills against Texas Tech, also setting new career highs for digs and block assists (9/16).

2016 (FRESHMAN)

  • Played a major role in her first season with the team, making 16 starts and playing in 26 matches.
  • Averaged 1.25 kills per set while hitting .316.
  • Was a top blocker, averaging 0.86 per set with 54 on the year (eight solo).
  • Her seven total blocks against Winthrop were the third-most by any Gamecock in 2016 (9/3).
  • Totaled four kills and three solo blocks against Arkansas, tying the rally-scoring era record for most solo blocks in a four-set match (11/23).

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB

  • Coached by former Gamecock and All-SEC honoree Cindy Robarge-Esposito at River Bluff High School in Columbia
  • Played club volleyball for Magnum and S.C. Midlands for coaches David Tiffner and Glen Dimapan
  • 2015-2016 UNDER ARMOUR Honorable Mention All-American
  • Won the 2015 Mizuno Challenge 1st Place Gold with her club team
  • Led River Bluff to the 2014 and 2015 5-4A Regional Championship
  • Three-time USAV Select A1 Team member
  • 2014 and 2015 SCCAW (S.C. Coaches Association of Women’s Sports) All State honoree
  • Played varsity volleyball for five years; also lettered in basketball

PERSONAL

  • Daughter of J. Renz and Karen Edwards
  • Plans to major in Sports and Entertainment Management

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