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No. 24 South Carolina Downs Auburn In SEC Volleyball, 3-0

No. 24 South Carolina Downs Auburn
In SEC Volleyball, 3-0

October 20, 2002

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AUBURN, Ala. - The 24th-ranked South Carolina volleyball team hit .362 with two players with double-digit kills while Auburn hit .147 as a team as the Gamecocks downed the Tigers, 3-0, in Southeastern Conference action on Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Student Activities Center. The loss dropped AU to 1-19, 0-8 SEC, while USC improved to 16-3, 9-0 SEC.

"South Carolina is a very solid team," AU Coach Laura Farina said. "They served hard and forced a lot of play in the middle, which is a strength for them."

Senior Kathia McKenzie had a double-double for the Tigers, putting down 10 kills and digging 11 balls. Freshman Bailey Veit finished with eight kills on 20 attempts with just two errors for a .300 attack percentage. Freshman setter Mieka Jackson had 21 assists. USC's Sarah Morgan led all players with 16 kills and teammate Sam Alban had 10. The Gamecocks finished with 11.0 blocks compared to AU's 3.0.

South Carolina registered a .467 attack percentage in the first game while AU could only muster a .182 percentage as USC won game one, 30-19. The Gamecocks led by as many as six points before a short Auburn rally narrowed the margin to three, 18-15. USC then closed out the game with a 12-4 run.

Game two was a tighter affair early on as the Tigers and Gamecocks were knotted at 16-16 before USC closed with a 14-6 run for the 30-22 win. The Gamecocks again out-hit the Tigers, this time .361 to .184.

The final game was all Carolina as USC raced out to a 24-12 lead en route to the 30-21 game and match win. Again USC dominated above the net, hitting .362 to the Tigers' .147 and out-blocking the Tigers, 4.0 to 1.0.

The Tigers will attempt to break their 14-match losing streak on Tuesday, Oct. 22, when they play host to Alabama on "Slam 'Bama Night." Start time is set for 7 p.m.


 South Carolina  (16-3, 9-0 SEC)   30  30  30
 Auburn  (1-19, 0-8 SEC)    19   22   21




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