A new-look Clemson volleyball team will try to take a stride back to postseason play this season, beginning with a season-opening tournament on the road.
Coach Jolene Jordan Hoover's 21st Clemson team will feature nine new players, who will fill spots vacated by four multi-season mainstays - four-time All-ACC performer Sandra Adeleye, Alexa Rand, Natalie Patzin and Serenat Yaz.
Returning starters from last year's 21-10 team include Mo Simmons, Kristin Faust and Hannah Brenner. Also back are letterwinners Kamryn Sherman, Karis Watson, Lou Davis and Savannah Miller.
Clemson is coming off a fourth-place finish and 12-8 record in ACC. The Tigers were an NCAA bubble team last season, but did not receive a bid. Clemson's last NCAA tournament appearance came in 2009.
Hoover, who has a 419-229 record at Clemson and a 512-260 mark overall as a head coach, will be assisted this season by three former players - Jodi Steffes Welp, Kelsey Murphy Saberhagen and Danielle Hepburn.
Hoover will put her team on the court on Friday, August 23, for a 5 p.m. Orange-White scrimmage.
Clemson will open its season the following weekend in Xavier's tournament at Cincinnati, Ohio. The Tigers will face Michigan, Northern Kentucky and Xavier in the two-day tournament.
Clemson will open its home season on Sept. 6-7 with matches against in-state rivals South Carolina, Winthrop and Furman in the Big Orange Bash.
Simmons, 6-0 senior from Buford, Ga., started all 31 matches last season and average 3.17 kills per game. She finished her season with a .236 hitting percentage from her right-side position.
Brenner, a 5-10 senior setter from Orrville, Ohio, enters her final season ranked sixth in Clemson history in career assists (2,798) and is fourth in assists per set (9.26).
Faust, a 5-10 junior from Orlando, Fla., started all 31 matches last season and ranked third on the team in kills.
Following is a look at Clemson's newcomers for 2013:
Cayley Balser: A 6-2 outside hitter from Grafton, Ohio, Balser earned Ohio all-state honors and is a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Irem Bayrmoglu: A 5-10 outside hitter from Istanbul, Turkey, she is the fourth player from her country to play for the Tigers, following in the footsteps of Didem Ege, Cansu Ozdemir and Serenat Yaz.
Nikkie Collier: A 5-7 defensive specialist/libero from Temecula, Calif., Collier is a sophomore transfer from the University of Missouri.
Beta Dumancic: A 6-3 middle hitter from Osijek, Croatia, Dumancic earned second-team junior college All-America honors last season at Jefferson College in Missouri.
Megan Giardina: A 6-0 outside hitter from Pickerinton, Ohio, Giardina was a 2011 Junior National All-American.
Alex Lynch: A 6-1 outside/right-side hitter from Alameda, Calif, Lynch is a transfer from Tennessee.
Sydney Moseley: A 6-0 outside hitter from Simpsonville, S.C., Moseley was 2012 South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, as well as Class 4-A player of the year. She was a finalist for national player of the year honors.
Leah Perri: A 6-0 middle blocker from Richland, Mich., she was a two-time all-state selection and a 2012 Junior National All-American.
Milica Stamenic: A 5-8 defensive specialist/libero from Belgrade, Serbia, Stamenic is considered to be an accomplished libero and an excellent passer.