Sports & Culture Media

Clemson wins Season Opener 3-0 over Samford

Media Release

Photo provided by Clemson Athletics

Clemson, S.C. – The Clemson Volleyball program won its season-opener on Saturday afternoon, 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-14) against Samford (0-2) at Jervey Gym. Jackie Simpson Kirr claimed her first match as Clemson’s Head Volleyball Coach. 

Clemson (1-0) finished the first match of the day with 37 kills, 37 digs, nine service aces and six blocks, while hitting .274. Clemson is back in action on Saturday evening at 7 p.m. when they host North Carolina A&T in the final match of the Clemson Invitational. That match is broadcast on ACCNX. 

Martin had four of her 10 kills in the opening set to lead Clemson to a 25-22 win to start the match. 

Junior Ani Clark gave Clemson the 25-23 set win in the second set on a big kill. Clark, along with Martin, each had four kills in the set to lead the Tigers. Clark, who finished the match with a .800 hitting percentage, put down four of her five attempts. In the final set the Tigers jumped out to an early 7-2 lead and never looked back on their way to a 25-14 set win. 

Game Notes:

  • Clemson improved to 29-15 all-time in season openers. 
  • Jackie Simpson Kirr won her first match as Clemson’s Head Volleyball Coach. Kirr had served as head coach at George Mason for two seasons in 2015 and 2016. 
  • Kaylee Martin, a grad transfer who entered the match ninth in the NCAA among active players in kills, led the​​ Tigers with 10 kills and finished with a .391 hitting percentage (23 attacks) in her Tiger debut. 
  • Sophomore preseason All-ACC selection Camryn Hannah added eight kills on 23 swings
  • Sophomore Jenna Moore, who had previously appeared in just three career matches, finished the day with 28 assists, seven digs and three service aces – all career highs. 
  • Freshman libero Devan Taylor led the Tigers with 10 digs in her first career match. 

Tyler Butler