Gamecocks Split Day One of Home Tournament
The team plays at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina (11-8) split its first day of competition at home, sweeping Jacksonville 5-0 before falling 3-2 to No. 19 Stetson. The Gamecocks play two more times Saturday, against UAB at 11 a.m. and UNCW at 5p.m.
In the morning matchup with the Dolphins, the Gamecocks snapped up the team win quickly with sweeps on four courts. Abby Carroll and Alyssa Keller wrapped up the dual with a comeback on court three, losing the first set 27-25 but returning with 21-15, 15-8 in the next two for the win.
The afternoon dual with Stetson was close, up and down the lineup. The two teams split the first two matches of the game, with Keller and Carroll again coming back for the Gamecocks and winning on court four but the Hatters won in three sets at the fives. South Carolina trailed 2-1 after losing on court one, but Kaeli Crews and Hannah Mackenhausen grinded out a 26-24, 29-27 marathon win on court three to tie the dual at 2-2. Stetson won the clinching point in straight sets at the twos.
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No. 14 South Carolina 5, Jacksonville 0
1. Skylar Allen/Whitley Ballard (SC) def. Shaylee Befus/Anna Dunbar (JU) 21-17, 21-15
2. Jordan Smith/Lauren Wilcock (SC) def. Emily Kubicsko/Sydney Eckhardt (JU) 21-15, 21-19
3. Abby Carroll/Alyssa Keller (SC) def. Jenna McNamara/Olivia Szyszkiewicz (JU) 25-27, 21-15, 15-8
4. Hannah Mackenhausen/Kaeli Crews (SC) def. Rina Mitchell/Marissa Rakauskas (JU) 21-10, 21-11
5. Hailey Cabeceiras/Sophie Manson (SC) def. Macie Murphy/Macie Sacristan (JU) 21-14, 21-16
Ext. Jillian Gleason/Sophie Bengoechea (SC) def. Miller Reames/Kari DeYoung (JU) 21-5, 21-11
Order of Finish: 4,5,1*,2,3
No. 19 Stetson 3, No. 14 South Carolina 2
1. Shae Henson/Kylie Neuschaeferova (STET) def. Skylar Allen/Whitley Ballard (SC) 21-12, 22-20
2. Anete Namike/Carolina Ferraris (STET) def. Jordan Smith/Lauren Wilcock (SC) 21-16, 21-18
3. Hannah Mackenhausen/Kaeli Crews (SC) def. Lauren Della/Gabriella Bramante (STET) 26-24, 29-27
4. Alyssa Keller/Abby Carroll (SC) def. Colene Hamilton/Karin Zolnercikova (STET) 18-21, 21-15, 15-9
5. Audrey Gauthier/Noelle Weintraub (STET) def. Hailey Cabeceiras/Sophie Manson (SC) 21-19, 19-21, 15-10
Ex. Peyton Gray/Kennedy Westendorff (SC) def. Lauren Domel/Oda Stray Homme (STET) 21-17, 21-14
Order of Finish: 4,5,1,3,2*