Gamecocks Edged by No. 4 Florida State to End Conference Tournament Run
HUNTSVILLE, ALA. – South Carolina came just a few points shy of extending its postseason stay in the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association’s conference tournament on Friday, but fell 4-1 to No. 4 Florida State in the consolation bracket. The Gamecocks finish the tournament with a 19-12 overall record.
With all five courts playing at once, each team would claim their first points off sweeps. Florida State won on court five, but the Gamecocks countered on court four. Jolie Cranford and Kennedy Westendorff made easy work of their matchup, winning 21-17, 21-17 to tie the dual. The momentum swung away from Carolina on courts two and three, where the Seminoles were able to clinch the overall team win by the barest of margins. Florida State won, 28-26 and 21-19 on court two and 21-19, 21-19 on court three to eliminate the Gamecocks.
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The Gamecocks await their postseason fate now, needing to earn one of only eight at-large bids to the 17-team NCAA tournament hosted in Gulf Shores, Ala. next weekend. The NCAA’s selection show live stream will be held on its website this Sunday, April 30 at 11 a.m.
No. 4 Florida State 4, No. 16 South Carolina 1
1: Maddie Anderson/Paige Kalkhoff (FSU) def. Skylar Allen/Simone Priebe (SC), 21-18, 16-21, 15-11
2: Anna Long/Jordan Polo (FSU) def. Kaeli Crews/Hannah Mackenhausen (SC), 28-26, 21-19
3: Carra Sassack/Morgan Chacon (FSU) def. Allison Coens/Lauren Wilcock (SC), 21-19, 21-19
4: Jolie Cranford/Kennedy Westendorff (SC) def. Audrey Koenig/Caitlin Moon (FSU), 21-17, 21-17
5: Alexis Durish/Makenna Wolfe (FSU) def. Elizabeth Thompson/Peyton Gray (SC), 21-13, 21-13
Order of finish: 5,4,3,2*,1