Gamecock Gameday: Volleyball Hosts Gamecock Invitational
Gamecocks open season at 12:30 PM on Friday vs. Temple
Aug. 23, 2012
2012 SC VB Notes (8/23)
2012 GAMECOCK VOLLEYBALL BEGINS
August 23, 2012
What: Gamecock Invitational presented by Courtyard Marriott
When: Aug. 24-25
Where: Volleyball Competition Facility
Follow: Live Video | On Twitter (@GamecockVolley)
Gamecock Invitational Central (with Gametracker links)
South Carolina Overview
- South Carolina returns four starters and its starting libero from the 2011 team.
- That 2011 team, the first coached by Scott Swanson, doubled the win total from the previous year.
- The leading attacker by kills, junior outside hitter Juliette Thévenin, is back.
- The top defender by digs, junior libero Paige Wheeler, returns.
- A total of 97 percent of assists are back, along with setters senior Taylor Bruns and sophomore Lexie Pawlik.
- The Gamecocks lost almost 50 percent of the team blocks from last season.
- The next highest total of "lost" stats are kills, where 32.2 percent departed.
- Last season, the Gamecocks led the SEC in digs per set. Only 12.2 percent of those departed.
Home Matches Notes
- South Carolina is playing 17 matches plus one exhibition in the Volleyball Competition Facility this fall, the most since moving into the building in 1996.
- It's one more than the inaugural season in the building, when SC hosted the 1996 SEC Tournament.
- The most home matches ever for South Carolina came in 1990, when the team hosted 21 contests.
Attacking the Record Book
- Juliette Thévenin starts 2012 in the top 10 in two categories at South Carolina: kills per set (3rd, 3.65) and digs per set (10th, 2.84).
- Taylor Bruns is 10th in assists (1,905) and eighth in assists per set (6.93).
- Paige Wheeler is fourth on SC's career charts in digs per set (3.37).
- South Carolina is 706-536 (.568) all-time in volleyball.
- In the Volleyball Competition Facility, the team stands at 137-70 (.662).
(Recent) Home Tournament History
- South Carolina has hosted a home tournament every year since 2000 except for 2001 and 2005.
- The Gamecocks have won four of the last five home non-conference events, only losing in 2010.
- Eight freshman, including seven true rookies, are a part of the 17-person roster.
- Three players hail from each South Carolina and Texas, the most on the team.
- A pair of student-athletes both hail from California and Maryland.
- Six other states and another country are represented by the seven remaining athletes.
- Temple returns four starters and its libero from last year's 8-20 team, going 4-11 in the Atlantic 10.
- Bakeer Gaines leads the squad for the second year.
- Libero Chelsea Tupuola averaged 4.25 digs per set in 2011.
- Tiffany Connatster is a sophomore setter who averaged 9.55 assists per set as a rookie.
- Junior outside hitters Elyse Burkert and Gabriella Matautia averaged over 3.00 kills a set last season.
- Five starters return for the Zips, who posted a 4-25 record last year and a 1-15 mark in the MAC.
- Ron Arenz is in his fifth year leading Akron's volleyball team.
- Starting setter Morgan Kuhn returns for her senior season after posting 872 assists last year.
- Senior middle blocker Paiton Twitty posted a team-best 85 blocks a year ago.
- Three of the top four diggers return, including senior Chelsea Harvey and junior Jill Paluch.
- The top attacker for the Zips in 2011, Courtney Jarvis (3.33 kps, 2.13 dps), will have to be replaced.
About East Tennessee State
- Four starters return for the Bucs and 10th-year head coach Lindsey Devine.
East Tennessee State went 14-16 last season, including a 7-6 mark in the Atlantic Sun.
- Top attacker Megan Devine returns for her junior season after averaging 4.16 kills per set last year.
- Sophomore Meredith Hardy averaged 0.84 blocks per set, second on the 2011 Buccaneers.
- Setter Jamie Rutledge returns after posting a 9.36 assists average as a junior.
- The Bucs lost libero Kiley Tamblyn, who made 4.11 digs per set last year.
About UNC Asheville
- Frederico Santos brings his Bulldogs back to Columbia for the second consecutive year.
- Five starters are back from last year's 15-14 team, which included a 7-7 mark in Big South play.
- The two departing starters were leading attacker Cindi Miller and starting setter Hallie Morse.
- Anna Moore is back after leading the Bulldogs with 0.81 blocks per set.
- Three attackers (Moore, Holly Shelton, Meredith Foster) that return averaged between 2.57 and 2.24 kills per set.
- Returning libero Alex Stewart averaged 4.35 digs per set as a sophomore.