April 22, 2017
EMERSON, GA. - The South Carolina beach volleyball team lost a pair of 3-2 decisions Saturday to wrap up pool play at the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association’s tournament at Lakepoint Sporting Complex. The Gamecocks dropped a morning decision to Florida State, and ended the day with a loss to Tulane. The team ends the season with a 23-9 record, which stands as a program best.
There was a three-way tie for the final bid to the Sunday championship bracket, with Carolina, FIU and Tulane all ending pool play with a 2-2 record. FIU will advance because of more combined pairs wins between the three tied teams, having lost to South Carolina 3-2 but beating Tulane 4-1.
FLORIDA STATE RECAP
It was a battle of the Pool A leaders in the morning match, as the Gamecocks squared off with No. 4 Florida State (24-7). The Seminoles were able to get early momentum with a 26-24 win at the ones and a 24-22 win at the threes, and claimed the first set at four of the five pairs.
The top-seeded Seminoles moved ahead 2-0 in the dual behind sweeps at the two and four positions, but with the threes and fives going to a third set the window remained open for South Carolina. The Gamecocks would ultimately win both of those third-set matchups, with Katie Zimmerman and Macie Tendrich winning 22-24, 21-19, 15-11, and Franky Harrison and Jade Vitt taking their match 21-19, 19-21, 16-14. Florida State claimed the 3-2 team victory behind a win in the top flight, but it was the tightest result in the series history between the two teams.
Against the Green Wave, South Carolina won the first set at the threes, fours and fives. A sweep for Harrison and Vitt at the five spot gave the Gamecocks the dual’s first point, but Tulane pushed back ahead with wins at the ones and threes. Carly Schnieder and Julia Mannisto knotted the dual back up thanks to a 21-19, 19-21, 15-13 decision in the fours, but the Green Wave clinched the win with a three-set victory in the twos pair, 21-13, 22-24, 15-9.
The season is currently over for the Gamecocks, though there still is an outside opportunity for a wildcard bid to the NCAA championships. The field will officially be announced on April 30.
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