The USC Upstate volleyball team returns to the court this weekend as it heads to Clemson for the four-team Clemson Classic inside Jervey Gym.
Upstate (8-0) is scheduled to compete in three matches this weekend beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday against Presbyterian College followed by a 4:30 p.m. match versus East Tennessee State. The Spartans wrap up play Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. against host school Clemson.
Upstate opened play this week with a 3-1 victory over South Carolina State Tuesday evening in Orangeburg. The Spartans picked up their eighth straight victory to begin the season and continue the best start to a year in the Division I era. Upstate needs just two more victories to match its 10-0 start back in 2006.
Emily Koelling and Brianna Tellschow combined for 20 kills to lead the Spartans offensively against South Carolina State. Koelling and Tellschow both had 10 kills in the match while Kaleigh Kelley recorded a season-high 17 digs. Koelling just missed on her second double-double of the season after finishing with eight digs to go with four blocks and two service aces. Lexi Gober tied her season-high of 42 assists and Madison Haake added nine kills.
Haake leads Upstate this season in kills (93), digs (103) and service aces (20). Additionally, she ranks in the top 10 for the A-Sun in kills, assists, service aces and digs. Gober has dished out a team-leading 234 assists to sit third in the league in that category. Koelling is fourth in the league in blocks with a team-best 23.
Presbyterian College is 2-5 this season and is under the direction of third-year head coach Korrin Burgess. The Spartans lead the all-time series 30-23 but dropped a 3-0 decision at PC last season.
East Tennessee State, a former member of the A-Sun, holds a 3-3 record entering the weekend and is led by 13th-year head coach Lindsey Devine. ETSU holds a 12-3 lead in the all-time series over Upstate including a 3-0 victory back in 2013.
Clemson currently sits at 2-4 on the season under the guidance of first-year head coach Hugh Hernesman. The Tigers lead the all-time series against the Spartans 6-2 and took home a 3-1 victory last season at the Big Orange Bash.
Fans can follow the action on www.upstatespartans.com via live stats. Updates will also be posted on the Upstate volleyball Twitter page (@UpstateVB).
The Spartans travel to St. Louis, Mo. next weekend for the Billiken Invitational.