Volleyball Drops 3-0 Decision to No. 10 Southern California|
Sept. 8, 2006
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina's volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (22-30, 21-30, 23-30) decision to the 10th-ranked Southern California Women of Troy on Friday night in the Gamecock Invitational. The Gamecocks dropped to 7-3 with the loss, while Southern California moved to 8-0.
South Carolina trailed in the first game 12-11 after a kill by senior outside hitter Shonda Cole, but the Women of Troy responded with a 5-0 run. The Gamecocks were able to pull within three at 25-22 following a kill by junior middle blocker Crystal Johnson, but Southern California answered with another 5-0 spurt to secure the stanza.
The Gamecocks fell behind from the start in game two, trailing 7-0. Southern California held steady, eventually pushing the lead to 10 when Taylor Carico hit a kill to make the score 17-7. South Carolina was never able to close the gap to more than seven the remainder of the frame.
In game three, South Carolina was down 19-15 before winning seven of the next 10 rallies to deadlock the score at 22. Following a kill by Asia Kaczor from the Women of Troy, Southern California won six more points in a row to cap a 7-0 tear. Kaczor's 15th kill of the match put South Carolina away for good.
The Women of Troy hit .360 (51-15-100) for the match compared to a .173 (38-21-98) clip for South Carolina. Southern California out-dug South Carolina 45-34 as well.
Southern California and St. John's will play for the tournament championship Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Volleyball Competition Facility. The Gamecocks take on Florida State in the third-place match at 1:30 p.m.