Sept. 11, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The South Carolina volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision at No. 24 Michigan on Friday in its second match of the day, as the Wolverines won by the scores of 25-19, 25-12 and 25-22 at Cliff Keen Arena.
With the loss, the Gamecocks are now 4-4 on the year. Michigan improves to 8-0.
Junior outside hitter Dessaa Legros and freshman outside hitter Courtney Furlong led Carolina with kills apiece. Junior middle blocker Jacqy Angermiller finished with six kills while hitting .375 and a block, while senior Sarah Blomgren finished with five kills and matched her career high with nine digs. Freshman setter Aubrey Ezell distributed 29 assists and had seven digs, and freshman defensive specialist Emma Lock added eight digs.
Junior middle blocker Abby Cole led the way for the Wolverines with 12 kills while hitting .571. Sophomore Caroline Knop contributed 11 kills and seven digs, and sophomore Katherine Mahlke finished with 10 kills. Senior setter Carly Warner finished with a double-double, recording 27 assists and a match-high 15 digs.
As a team, the Wolverines hit .308 on the night, while Carolina finished with a .171 hitting percentage. Michigan also held the edge in digs (43-38). Both teams finished the match with four blocks.
The Gamecocks delivered their best performance of the night in the third set as they led by as many as four points early and held a 14-12 lead midway through the set, but Michigan prevented the match from being extended by outscoring Carolina 13-8 the rest of the way.
Cole, Knop and Mahlke recorded 33 of Michigan’s 46 kills and combined to hit .414.
– Furlong finished with a career-high 10 kills.
– Blomgren matched her career high with nine digs.
– Both teams finished the match with four blocks, marking the first time Carolina hasn’t out-blocked its opponent this season.
The Gamecocks will wrap up play at the Michigan Challenge on Saturday with a matchup against Western Michigan. First serve is set for 1 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena.