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March 14, 2017

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PAIR RESULTS: COASTAL CAROLINA DUAL

1: CCU def. Culbert/Denney, 21-16, 21-18

2: Smith/Zimmerman def. CCU, 21-15, 21-14

3: Mannisto/Schnieder def. CCU, 21-13, 21-14

4: Tendrich/Williams def. CCU, 21-7, 21-15

5: Harrison/Vitt def. CCU, 21-13, 21-16

Exhib: Feruck/Recaborde def. CCU, 21-9, 21-13

Order of Finish: 4,2,3,5,1

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina’s No. 10-ranked beach volleyball team ran its season-opening win streak to eight on Tuesday night, defeating Coastal Carolina 4-1. The Gamecocks and Chanticleers (0-1) faced off with some stiff wins, and it would be the home side’s depth that proved to be the difference.

Coastal Carolina, entering its second season with a beach program, opened its 2017 season Tuesday, and the Gamecocks proved early that two extra weekends of experience is invaluable. South Carolina dominated the opening wave of matches, with Katie Smith and Katie Zimmerman sweeping the number two pairing 21-15, 21-14 and the fours pair of Macie Tendrich and Shannon Williams taking a 21-7, 21-15 decision.

The Gamecocks clinched the overall team win quickly as the second wave of matches got underway. Carly Schnieder and Julia Mannisto won a straight-set decision of 21-13, 21-14 to give their team a 3-0 lead on the Chanticleers. Jade Vitt and Franky Harrison returned to the number five pair and also swept their matchup, but the visitors took the win in the number one pairing to end the dual at 4-1.

Notable

  • South Carolina is now 4-0 against the Atlantic Sun Conference so far this season.
  • Tendrich and Williams racked up their seventh-straight win out of the fourth flight, with the only loss in 2017 coming to then-No. 11 FIU in the season opener.
  • Abby Feruck and Helen Recaborde saw their first action of the season, representing the team as the exhibition pair. The seniors recorded a commanding 21-9, 21-13 win.

Quotable: Head Coach Moritz Moritz

“I think we responded to the elements pretty well, our teams did a pretty good job of executing their game plans. We obviously still have some things to work on, some uncomfortable-ness that we need to get more comfortable in, but I think they did a nice job responding today to a little bit of an unknown opponent.”

Up Next

South Carolina will now hit the road to take part in the Tiger Beach Challenge, hosted by CCSA rival LSU. The two-day tournament pits the Gamecocks against the nationally ranked Tigers, Tulane, Florida Gulf Coast and UAB. All the action begins on Saturday.