Gamecocks Collect Postseason Honors
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. – The Coastal Collegiate Sports Association’s postseason awards were announced Wednesday afternoon, with South Carolina represented across the board. Four members of the program made the 10-woman all-academic team, two made the all-conference team and one made the all-freshman team
The first awards handed out were for the conference’s all-academic team, with a CCSA-leading four Gamecocks recognized. Senior Skylar Allen (exercise science) made the team for the second season in a row, joining with Jordan Smith (2019-22) as the only Gamecock to make the team more than once. Along with Allen, the Gamecocks celebrated graduate students Allison Coens and Simone Priebe (masters in international business) and junior Hannah Mackenhausen (psychology). Along with leading the conference, the four honorees match the program record that was set last year.
For the CCSA’s postseason teams, Allen and Priebe were one of five pairs to make the all-conference team and Jolie Cranford was a unanimous selection to the all-freshman team, a group of five individuals.
Allen and Priebe finished the regular season together with a 20-8 overall record playing exclusively in the number one pairing, with four wins coming against ranked opponents. They are the first pair in program history to reach 20 wins on court one in a single season and capped their regular season by earning CCSA Pair of the Week on April 19. The duo join Shannon Williams and Cadie Bates (2019) as the only Gamecocks to make the exclusive all-conference team
Earlier this season, Allen set the program record for career wins on court one, currently with 57, and she holds a career win percentage of .637 in 102 starts with the Gamecocks. Combined with her career record at Pepperdine, Priebe holds a career record of 82-35, good for a .711 win percentage. She is one of only six women in program history to reach 20 career wins on court one and she joins Allen (in 2021 and 2023) as the only individuals to reach 20 wins at number one.
Cranford earned the start in 26 duals, playing primarily in the fourth position. The Colorado native ended the regular season with a 14 wins at No. 4, two at No. 5 and one at No. 3 and ranks second on the team with six wins over ranked opponents, including wins over FIU, Cal Poly, Washington, Stetson and Loyola Marymount. Entering postseason play, Cranford ranks in the program’s top 10 for single-season starts and single-season wins in the number four position. She is the fourth Gamecock freshman to make the CCSA’s team, joining Lauren Wilcock (2022), Ali Denney (2017) and Katie Smith (2017).
South Carolina finished the regular season with a 19-10 overall record and are ranked 16th in the latest national poll. CCSA tournament action begins Thursday morning when the Gamecocks face No. 7 Grand Canyon (23-6) at 10:30 a.m. ET.