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Sept. 16, 2017

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Kills: Mikayla Shields (10)

Digs: Aubrey Ezell (7)

Assists: Courtney Koehler (27)

Aces: Aubrey Ezell (2)

Blocks: Mikayla Robinson (6)

Hitting Pct. (Min. 8 Kills): Mikayla Shields (.529)

Upcoming Schedule
Date Opponent Time (TV)
9/22 at Miss. State 8:00 p.m. (SEC+)
9/29 LSU 7:00 p.m. (SEC Network)
10/1 Tennessee — Dig Pink 1:00 p.m. (SEC Network)

CLEMSON, S.C. – A fired-up South Carolina squad made quick work of rival Clemson Saturday night, sweeping the Tigers on their home floor, 255-15, 25-21, 25-17. The Gamecocks blocked 12 attacks, and hit .406, led by 10 kills from Mikayla Shields. South Carolina finishes the non-conference season at 7-5, while Clemson moves back to 5-7 for the year.

SET 1: The opening game was all about net defense. From the opening point the blocks started, and South Carolina would total nine in the set. That is more than the team had in five complete matches this season. Mikayla Robinson had a hand in six of those blocks, and Claire Edwards and Alicia Starr each pitched in three kills. Clemson had 14 attack errors and hit .-147. A 10-2 run broke an early 8-all tie, and Carolina never looked back.

SET 2: The Tigers’ offense responded in the second game, but the Gamecocks still did not trail once in the set. Four straight kills from Carolina broke a 9-9 tie, with Mikayla Shields accounting for two of the four. The team would lead from that point on, Clemson was able to get within two late but back-to-back errors gave Carolina the 25-21 win going into halftime.

SET 3: As Carolina’s defense had dominated the opening game, it was the offense that shined in the close-out set. All five hitters had two or more kills, and the team hit .571 on 21 swings. Clemson scored the first two points of the set, but after Carolina tied it at two the Tigers wouldn’t see the lead the rest of the way. Shields added four more kills, and the Gamecock servers added four aces to extend the lead out as far as 21-13. Aubrey Ezell’s second ace of the game iced the win and the sweep, 25-17.

Stat of the Match

The Gamecocks played only six player and their libero for the night, and all six starters recorded at least one block. Mikayla Robinson led the way with seven blocks, Mikayla Shields added five, and Alicia Starr and Claire Edwards each had four.


  • South Carolina has three straight wins in the all-time series, and five of the last six. The last time the team won three straight over Clemson was from 2006-09.
  • The team’s .406 hitting percentage is its best of the season, and the second time hitting over .400 this season.
  • The Gamecocks blocked back 12 balls, the fifth match with double-digit blocks.
  • With a team-high 10 kills Saturday, Mikayla Shields passed the 500-kill mark. She is the seventh Gamecock to reach 500 kills as a sophomore.

Quotable: Head Coach Scott Swanson

On the team’s rebound after a loss to Texas Tech
“Everybody came ready to go mentally and it’s good to see. We know how physically talented this team is, this preseason has been a struggle in fixing the mental highs and lows and I think tonight we learned how to keep it on all cylinders with the right focus and that was the major difference.”

Up Next

With the non-conference season wrapped up, the team begins SEC play on the road. First up is a trip to Mississippi State for a Friday night showdown with the Bulldogs. First serve is scheduled for 8 p.m.