11  Christen Clayton
Christen Clayton


Houston, Texas

High School:
Clear Lake






Year in Review: Volleyball

The Memphis volleyball team wrapped up a successful 2014 campaign that saw the team finish with the most wins in the program since the 2007 season and most conference wins in school history


Petronijevic Earns Weekly Honors

Senior honored by AVSR Global and American Athletic Conference


@MemphisVolley Opens Season at Marcia E Hamilton Classic

The Memphis volleyball team tips off its 2014 campaign on Friday at the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic hosted by the University of Saint Louis at Chaifetz Arena.


Tigers to Host FanFest on Friday Evening

The Memphis volleyball team is set to tip off the 2014 campaign as it hosts FanFest on Friday evening at the Elma Roane Fieldhouse.


@MemphisVolley Position Preview: Specialists

Highlighting today's feature are liberos Aleksandra Petronijevic, Lindsey Purvis and defensive specialist Kendall Seering.

A high-energy leader, Clayton serves with Melissa Nance as a co-captain for this year's squad...Opens the season ranked 11th all-time at Memphis with 1,171 career digs.

Junior (2005)
Took over the libero duties with the departure of Emily Steckel...One of three Tigers to play in every game of the 2005 season...Was the Tigers most effective passer...Set a Memphis volleyball record with 466 digs (3.79 d/g)...Led the squad with 50 service aces...Ranked sixth in Conference USA in service aces and ninth in digs...Served up seven aces vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (9/2/05) and UT-Martin...Took home All-Tournament accolades in the Arkansas Invitational...Recorded 20 or more digs seven times, including reaching 20 kills in four of the final six matches of the season...Had a career-high 25 digs vs. UCF (10/30/06)...Had at least 10 digs in 25 matches...Had a stretch of 12 matches with 10 or more digs...Had 10 digs in 16 of the last 18 matches.

Sophomore (2004)
Played in 136 games and all 37 matches as a sophomore...Split time with Emily Steckel at the libero and defensive specialist positions...Paced both team and Conference USA, while ranking 17th nationally, with 78 service aces...Served a season-high six aces in the season-opening sweep of Tennessee State (9/3/04)...Finished fourth on the team with 343 digs (2.52 d/g)...Logged 18 double-digit dig outings, including a season-high 21 digs in an exciting five-game win over TCU in the Conference USA Tournament (11/21/04)...Posted double-digits in digs in each of the Tigers' three C-USA Tournament contests...Had 17 digs against UNC-Asheville (9/24/04) and 16 digs versus Eastern Kentucky (9/18/04) and Saint Louis (10/1/04)...Also had 26 assists and two kills.

Freshman (2003)
Played in all 36 matches for Memphis and in 128 of 135 games, serving as the team's libero or defensive specialist...Finished fourth on the team with 362 digs...Tallied her first career kill against Troy State and her only service ace of the season against Christian Brothers...Tallied double-digit digs 22 of 36 matches and passed the 20-dig mark twice, both coming in the last six matches of the season...Had a season-high 22 digs at Charlotte in a five-game thriller...The 22 digs back-boned the Tigers to a 3-2 road win despite the offense hitting .083, its worst offensive output of the season.

At Clear Lake High School
Was a three-year letterwinner at Clear Lake High School...Clear Lake Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and was top 10 in the Houston area for digs that same season...Named Clear Lake MVP in 2002...First team all-district honoree as a junior and senior...Under head coach Nicole Blakeman, Clear Lake finished as the 24-5A District runner-up in 2002, finishing with a 19-14 overall record...Played club volleyball under coaches Jerry Hulla and Jeff Ham on the South Shore Mizuno squad that was ranked 14th in the state of Texas by lonestarvolleyball.com...Her best match was a 28-kill, 22-dig effort against Deer Park in the playoffs...Played club volleyball with the Gulf Coast A Team and the Bay Area Juniors...Was selected to the Tour of Texas in spring 2002...Outside of athletics, is a volunteer staff member with the Silver Dollar Ball, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society...Was also the treasurer for the Clear Lake Christmas Committee.

Full name is Christen Kay Clayton... Daughter of John and Brenda Clayton... Born on January 27, 1985...Nickname is Cici...Majoring in Communication... Enjoys beach volleyball, running and in-line skating in her free-time.

Clayton's Career Highs
Kills:	         1, multiple times, last vs. UCF (11.17.05)
Total Attempts:	3 at Mississippi St. (9.18.05)
Assists:	         3, twice, last vs. Belmont (8.26.05)
Service Aces:	7 vs. UAPB (8.26.05)
Digs:	         25 vs. UCF (10.30.05)
Total Blocks:	None
Block Solos:	None
Block Assists:	None

2005 Match Highs Kills: 1, twice, last vs. UCF (11.17.05) Total Attempts: 2, twice, last vs. Buffalo (9.17.05) Assists: 3 vs. Belmont (8.26.05) Service Aces: 7 vs. UAPB (8.26.05) Digs: 25 vs. UCF (10.30.05) Total Blocks: None Block Solos: None Block Assists: None

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