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Oct. 30, 2004

Lexington, Ky. –
South Carolina volleyball is still looking for their first SEC Eastern division win, as they travel to face the Kentucky Wildcats for a 2 p.m. Sunday match. USC enters the meeting with an 11-9 overall record and a 4-7 mark in the conference. UK is 11-11 overall and 2-9 in the SEC. After suffering a 3-2 loss to the Wildcats in Columbia back on Oct. 1., the Gamecocks are in search of retribution.

The Wildcats are coming off of a 3-0 loss to No. 16 Tennessee on Friday while USC played the Lady Vols on Wednesday and fell 3-1. USC is looking for its first conference win since Oct. 17 vs. Auburn while UK has not posted an SEC win since Oct. 15 against Mississippi State.

The loss to Kentucky earlier in the season was the first for the Gamecocks since 2000, nine matches. USC still leads the series 16-14. Both teams are currently in the midst of a three-match losing streak. USC’s last two losses have been to top 25 teams.

Statistically, the Wildcats are averaging 15.85 kills per game while USC is averaging 14.61. The Gamecocks lead UK in service aces 142-81 and blocks 2.82 per game to 2.51 per game.

Heading into the weekend, the Gamecocks are ranked fifth, ahead of the Wildcats, in the SEC East standings, and sixth overall in the conference. UK is ranked last overall in the seedings for the tournament.