Aug. 30, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina volleyball team closed out the weekend in strong fashion, defeating Georgia Tech in four sets by the scores of 25-22, 25-13, 18-25 and 25-22 to win its fourth-straight Gamecock Invitational in front of 1,647 fans at the Volleyball Competition Facility.
The Gamecocks hit a season-best .467 in the second set to cruise past Georgia Tech and build a 2-0 lead. After dropping the third set, Carolina trailed 20-18 in the fourth set before going on a 7-2 run to secure the win.
Sophomore outside hitter KoKo Atoa-Williams earned Tournament MVP honors after recording a career-high 18 kills while hitting .306 and seven digs to lead the Gamecocks (3-0). Senior libero Mikaela Christiaansen also earned a spot on the All-Tournament team after collecting 17 digs and dishing out five assists against the Yellow Jackets (2-1).
Georgia Tech out-hit the Gamecocks .269-.258 and held the advantage in kills (57), assists (55-49) and blocks (13-12), while Carolina finished with more digs (60-53) and service aces (6-0).
Junior right side Sarah Blomgren came up big for the Gamecocks as well, recording 13 kills while hitting .385 and two blocks. Freshman outside hitter Taylr McNeil chipped in nine kills, nine digs, four assists and five blocks, while junior setter Kellie McNeil contributed seven kills on nine attacks, a match-high 36 assists and four blocks. Junior middle blocker Elizabeth Johnbull led the way at the net, recording a career-high seven blocks.
Sisters Teegan and Annika Van Gunst led Georgia Tech with 13 and 12 kills, respectively, while Courtney Felinski also had 12 kills. Setters Rebecca Martin and Callie Bivings finished with 26 and 24 assists, respectively, for the Yellow Jackets, and libero Annika Olsen had a match-high 18 digs.
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