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March 18, 2017

PAIR RESULTS: TULANE DUAL

1: Smith/Zimmerman def. Tulane, 21-19, 24-22

2: Tulane def. Culbert/Denney, 19-21, 25-23, 15-6

3: Mannisto/Schnieder def. Tulane, 21-10, 21-14

4: Tendrich/Williams def. Tulane, 21-12, 21-13

5: Harrison/Vitt def. Tulane, 16-21, 21-17, 15-9

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

PAIR RESULTS: LSU DUAL

1: LSU def. Smith/Zimmerman, 21-17, 21-19

2: Culbert/Denney def. LSU, 21-16, 21-14

3: LSU def. Mannisto/Schnieder, 21-9, 21-17

4: LSU def. Tendrich/Williams, 21-13, 21-13

5: LSU def. Vitt/Harrison, 17-21, 21-18, 15-10

Exhib: LSU def. Edelman/Skaff, 21-17, 21-13

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

BATON ROUGE, LA. – The tenth-ranked South Carolina beach volleyball program split the opening day of the Tiger Beach Challenge on Sunday. The Gamecocks opened the day with a 4-1 win over Tulane (9-3, 1-3 CCSA), but dropped their first dual of the 2017 season later in the afternoon against No. 8 LSU (4-5, 2-2 CCSA). The loss was Carolina’s first of the season, dropping the team to 9-1 overall and 3-1 in the CCSA.

Against the Green Wave, the Gamecocks were able to get a key early advantage with wins out of the fours and fives pair. Macie Tendrich and Shannon Williams swept their opponents in the four spot, but Franky Harrison and Jade Vitt needed to dig out of an early hole to win at the five position. The duo lost the first set 21-16, but came back to win 21-17 and 15-9 to put South Carolina in command early on Tulane, 2-0.

A dominating win at the number three pair, the Gamecocks clinched the overall team win. Julia Mannisto and Carly Schnieder won 21-10, 21-14 at the threes, and the team’s final point of the dual came from the number one pairing. Katie Smith and Katie Zimmerman returned to the lead pair and grinded out a 21-19, 24-22 win.

In the nightcap, the Gamecocks weren’t able to capitalize on early opportunities against the Tigers. After LSU won the fours pair, Harrison and Vitt were in position to even the dual thanks to a first-set win, but the home side came back to win the match in three sets. A sweep at the number three pair clinched the dual, but the Gamecocks were able to get a win from Adrianna Culbert and Ali Denney in the twos pair to close the day.

Up Next

The Gamecocks have two more matches on Sunday to close the weekend tournament. First will be a match with Florida Gulf Coast at noon ET, then Carolina will play against UAB at 3 p.m. for the finale.