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.
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.
A total of 15 players have appeared on the court so far. Only freshmen Sarah Blomgren and Kira Speer have not seen any action.
The Bulldogs bring a 6-3 record into the SEC opening weekend, with two of the losses in an opponent's gym, including a four-set loss at No. 8 Florida State. Georgia has dropped three of their last four, including the last two contests against IPFW and Michigan State. The Bulldogs are strong at the net, posting 2.74 blocks per set, which stands third in the SEC. The Bulldogs are sixth in the league in opponent hitting percentage.
Tirah Le'au leads the Bulldogs' offense, posting 3.32 kills per set. Returning starter Brittany Northcutt missed last weekend's action, but she stands second on the team with 2.87 kills per set. Chloe Buckendahl is third with 2.39 kills per set, but she's second on the team with 3.46 digs per set, not far behind libero Allison Summers' 4.26 digs average. Elena Perri leads the Bulldogs with 1.19 blocks per set, while three others (Jasmine Eatmon, Briana Bahr, Northcutt) hold blocks averages of 0.80 or better. Northcutt is also the best Bulldog server, with a 0.33 ace average. Kaylee Kehoe and Maggie Baumert serve as the setters, averaging 5.97 and 5.33 assists per set, respectively.
Series History vs. the Bulldogs
The most-played series for South Carolina, Georgia owns a 45-17 advantage in the contests that date back to 1975. Since joining the SEC, the Gamecocks have gone 16-28 against the Bulldogs, including a 9-12 mark at home. In the history of the Volleyball Competition Facility, South Carolina holds an 8-7 lead. The two teams split last year's series, with each team winning on its home court.
The Last Time vs. Georgia - Nov. 20, 2011
Behind a relentless defensive effort and big days from Teresa Stenlund and Cara Howley, South Carolina downed Georgia in four sets, 15-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-15, at the Volleyball Competition Facility.
Howley led all attackers with her 14 kills, while Stenlund had 12, with both hitting over .300 to lead the Gamecocks. Stenlund also posted a team-high four blocks. Juliette Thévenin added a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs. Paige Wheeler tallied 28 digs, and Taylor Bruns contributed 45 assists and nine digs. Christina Glover posted eight kills and 11 digs in her reserve appearance, while Megan Kent added eight kills and three block assists.
Kathleen Luft led Georgia with 12 kills, while Elizabeth Reid and Briana Bahr had 11 and 10, respectively. Reid also topped the Bulldogs with five blocks. Carla Tietz had 19 digs, Allison Summers made 13 and Brittany Northcutt 11. Kathleen Gates had 37 assists, six kills, seven digs and two aces.
The defending SEC West champs enter conference action with a 4-5 record, with four of their five losses coming to nationally-ranked teams. The Tigers are strong in the serving game, standing third in the SEC standings with 1.54 aces per set. As a team, LSU is in the bottom two in hitting percentage, kills, assists, digs and opponent hitting percentage.
Desiree Elliott leads LSU with her 3.46 kills per set, while Madie Jones ranks second with 3.07 a frame. Setter Malorie Pardo is back guiding the offense, averaging 10.11 assists a set, and she adds 0.32 aces a frame. Meghan Mannari leads LSU's back-line defense with 4.18 digs per set and the service game with 0.36 aces a set. Sam Delahoussaye is third in digs with 2.14, while Cati Leak, the third offensive option with 2.29 kills a set, is second in digs with 2.36. Khourtni Fears tops the Tigers and stands third in the SEC with 1.23 blocks per set.
Series History vs. the Tigers
LSU holds a 18-12 lead in the all-time series that began when South Carolina entered the SEC. The Tigers have won seven straight, going back to 2008. In the Volleyball Competition Facility, the teams have split the 12 contests. South Carolina's last two wins came at home in 2007 and 2008.
The Last Time vs. LSU - Nov. 13, 2011
South Carolina came out strong at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, taking the first two sets, but LSU fought back and claimed the final three sets in a five-set win 22-25, 24-26, 25-21, 25-21, 15-6.
Madie Jones led LSU with 23 kills and six blocks, three solo. Michele Williams added 15 kills, while Helen Boyle and Desiree Elliott both posted 12 kills. Meghan Mannari tallied a match-high 39 digs, with Lauren Waclawczyk contributing 15. Malorie Pardo added 56 assists and 12 digs.