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Oct. 10, 2003

Final Stats

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – South Carolina volleyball fell to 10-8 overall and 4-2 in SEC play as the Gamecocks lost to Tennessee (13-4, 3-2 SEC) 3-1 at Stokely Athletic Center in Knoxville, Tenn. Match scores were 28-30, 31-33, 19-30, 18-30. Despite having four players record double-figure kills, the Gamecocks fell flat and could never bounce back. Freshman Shonda Cole led Carolina with 13 kills, followed by Lynae Vanden Hull with 12. Lauren Ford and Niece Curry each had ten. Tennessee’s Amy Morris led the match with 18 kills.

“Tennessee played a good match. They played well when they needed it,” said head coach Kim Hudson Christopher. “We were very flat today.”

The Gamecocks committed only six errors to Tennessee’s 11 as they squeaked out a 30-28 win in game one. Morris led the Lady Vols in game one with seven of UT’s 20 kills while Curry recorded five of Carolina’s 15 kills. Down early in the match 9-3, Carolina went on an 8-2 run to tie the game 11-11 on a kill by Cole. From there, the Gamecocks then maintained the lead throughout most of the game but Tennessee continued to fight back and tied the game 26-26 then 28-28. A kill by Cole put USC in the lead and a service ace by Iris Santos gave the Gamecocks the win and the 1-0 match lead.

In game two, both teams hit under .200 as Carolina hit .148 and Tennessee hit .167. Cole, who led the team with six kills in the game, recorded a kill to tie the game 29-29 but a Carolina error gave UT a one-point lead. USC followed with a kill by Nicole Miller to tie it once more but another error by the Gamecocks put the Lady Vols up by one. Vanden Hull spiked a kill to tie the game 31-31, but a third error in as many possessions, put UT up 32-31. A kill by Michelle Piantadosi gave UT the 33-31 win and tied the match 1-1.

Tennessee controlled game three as the Gamecocks tied only once and was down by as much as 13 at one point. The 19 points was USC’s lowest scored in a match since the Arkansas match back in September. Carolina hit .000 as they recorded 11 kills and 11 errors. Tennessee posted 14 kills and just two errors to hit .353. UT also outblocked the Gamecocks six to one in the 30-19 win.

The Lady Vols continued to control the match as they dominated in game four holding Carolina to 18 points for its lowest points of the evening and claimed the 30-18 win. UT hit a match high .452 in game four and held USC to .171. Carolina was also outblocked 13-5 by the Lady Vols. For the match, USC hit .133, its second lowest percentage of the season.

Carolina returns to action next Friday, Oct. 17 when they host Arkansas. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.