Beach Volleyball Opens Weekend in Gulf Shores Tournament
GULF SHORES, Ala. – Beach volleyball opened its weekend on the beach of Gulf Shores, Ala. with two duals Friday, losing 3-0 to No. 3 UCLA before bouncing back with a 3-1 victory over host school UAB. The Gamecocks (9-6) battled the elements on the home sand of the NCAA postseason tournament, playing to decision in both duals amid weather concerns throughout Friday.
South Carolina was unable to start strong against the Bruins in the morning opener, battling back late in the second set on court one before UCLA ended the dual at decision with sweeps at two, three and four. With an adjusted lineup in the afternoon against UAB, the Blazers struck first with a sweep of the twos pairing but the Gamecocks answered with convincing decisions from Skylar Allen an Simone Priebe on court one, Allison Coens and Lauren Wilcock on court three and Sammy Ansel and Sadie Nelson on five to turn the tide and grab the team win.
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The weekend only gets tougher for South Carolina on Saturday, the Gamecocks will face No. 5 LMU and No. 4 Florida State at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET, respectively.
No. 3 UCLA 3, No. 20 South Carolina 0
- Lexy Denaburg/Maggie Boyd (UCLA) vs. Skylar Allen/Simone Priebe (SC), Unfinished
- Abby Van Winkle/Peri Brennan (UCLA) def. Allison Coens/Hannah Mackenhausen (SC) 21-11, 21-17
- Tessa Van Winkle/Jessie Smith (UCLA) def. Kaeli Crews/Kennedy Westendorff (SC) 21-15, 21-15
- Haley Hallgren/Rileigh Powers (UCLA) def. Jolie Cranford/Lauren Wilcock (SC) 21-14, 21-9
- Jaden Whitmarsh/Marlie Monserez (UCLA) vs. Sadie Nelson/Sammy Ansel (SC), Unfinished
Order of Finish: 2,4,3*
No. 20 South Carolina 3, UAB 1
- Skylar Allen/Simone Priebe (SC) def. Brooke Pertuit/Jasmine Haas (UAB) 22-20, 21-14
- Arden Copping/Mikayla Law-Heese (UAB) def. Kaeli Crews/Hannah Mackenhausen (SC) 21-12, 21-16
- Allison Coens/Lauren Wilcock (SC) def. Jessica Ennis/Ella Alexander (UAB) 21-16, 21-14
- Emma Andraka/Adriana Pereira (UAB) vs. Jolie Cranford/Kennedy Westendorff (SC), Unfinished
- Sadie Nelson/Sammy Ansel (SC) def. Olivia Chychrun/Ellie Heflin (UAB) 21-13, 21-15
Order of finish: 2,1,3,5*