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Sept. 8, 2003

Columbia, S.C. – Coming off of an upset victory over North Carolina on Sunday, the South Carolina volleyball team travels to Clemson to take on its in-state rivals, the Clemson Tigers (2-5) Tuesday night. First serve is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and the match can be heard live on the internet at www.uscsports.com. The Gamecocks (2-3) hope to record their second straight victory of the season. Carolina leads the series 31-18 and has won the last three straight matches.

“Playing Clemson is always about emotion. We will have six new players who have not experienced this rivalry so it will be a good learning experience for them,” said head coach Kim Christopher. “This game will come down to who wants it more.”

Last year, the Gamecocks had a 2-0 lead in the match before Clemson fought back and tied the match to force a game five. Carolina turned it up a notch in game five as they held the Tigers to just four points in the rally and won the match 3-2.

Leading the Gamecocks are middle blockers Niece Curry and Lauren Ford and outside hitters Sarah Morgan and Nicole Miller. Curry leads the team in hitting percentage with .282 while Ford leads the team in blocks, averaging 1.05 blocks per game. The sophomore transfer currently has 20 total blocks in five matches. Morgan and Miller are Carolina’s top kill leaders with 2.68 and 2.58 per game respectively. The setter position continues to grow stronger each match as freshman Katelyn Panzau is averaging 10.26 assists per game.

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