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Sept. 25, 2003

The South Carolina volleyball team opens up Southeastern Conference play this weekend as they travel to Baton Rouge, La. Friday and Fayetteville, Ark. Sunday. South Carolina enters the weekend with a 6-6 overall record coming off a 2-1 record at the 2003 Gamecock Invitational.

South Carolina begins the weekend facing the Bayou Bengals in Baton Rouge at 8 p.m. (ET). LSU enters the match with a 5-8 record, 0-1 in the SEC. The Tigers and the Lady Backs of Arkansas met up in Baton Rouge Wednesday night with Arkansas notching the 3-1 win. In 2002, the Gamecocks beat LSU 3-1 (21-30, 30-26, 30-20, and 30-19) in Baton Rouge to mark their eighth straight victory over the Tigers. The Garnet and Black are 10-6 all-time against LSU with the last Tiger victory over the Gamecocks occurring in 1995 (3-1).

Arkansas enters Sunday’s match with an 8-4 record, 1-0 in the SEC but faces the Wildcats of Kentucky on Friday evening in Fayetteville. Carolina is 5-8 against Arkansas all-time and defeated the Lady Backs 3-1 (27-30, 31-29, 33-31, and 30-22) in 2002.

South Carolina faces Ole Miss in their conference home opener Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.