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Riley Whitesides

  • position Outside Hitter/left Side
  • height 5-11
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Greenville, S.C.
  • Major Education
  • High school Mauldin
  • position Outside Hitter/left Side
  • height 5-11
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Greenville, S.C.
  • Major Education
  • High school Mauldin

Riley Whitesides Bio

AWARDS/HONORS

  • SEC All-Freshman Team
  • SEC Freshman of the Week (11/17/20, 3/1/21, 3/8/21)
  • 2020-21 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2021 (SOPHOMORE)

  • Ranked second on the team with 246 kills, fourth with 164 digs and enjoyed a new career high with 17 service aces.
  • Opened the season with 13 kills, two aces and eight digs in a win over Washington State (8/27).
  • Dropped in a career-high three aces along with 10 kills and a key solo block late in a win over Georgia (9/22).
  • Hit .391 with 13 kills and tied for the team lead with eight digs in a loss to Tennessee (10/9).
  • Led the team with 18 kills and hit .389, also adding 10 digs to help the team upset No. 5 Kentucky (11/4).
  • Took a season-high 41 swings and led the team with 14 kills in a road sweep at Auburn (11/10).
  • Led the team’s offense in the NCAA tournament match against Western Kentucky, finishing with nine kills on a .333 hitting percentage over three sets.

2020-21 (FRESHMAN)

  • One of three members of the team to play in all 84 sets.
  • Ranked second on the team in kills (261), which stood as the ninth-highest total by a freshman in the country and led all SEC freshmen.
  • Her kill total is the most by a Gamecock freshman in a single conference season during the modern scoring era.
  • Just the fourth member in program history to win three SEC weekly awards in a single season.
  • Made the conference’s postseason all-freshman team, marking just the seventh time in program history a Gamecock made the team.
  • Reached double-digit kills in five of the eight fall matches, starting with 11 kills to go with six digs and six blocks in her collegiate debut at Georgia on Oct. 17.
  • Recorded her first collegiate double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs in a win against Auburn (10/29).
  • Led the team with 32 kills over eight total sets against Florida to help the Gamecocks split their final games of the fall, highlighted by a fall finale where she put down 23 kills on 46 swings with only four errors as South Carolina beat Florida for the first time since 2006 – a span of 24 matches.
  • For her efforts against Florida, she earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors on Nov. 17.
  • Hit .316 with 18 kills and six digs in an upset of No. 25 Missouri (2/27), earning her freshman of the week honors again.
  • Named SEC Freshman of the Week a third time after 27 kills in seven sets vs. Ole Miss (3/6-7).

HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB

  • At Mauldin, Whitesides was a three-time All-State honoree and a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year finalist.
  • With her Upward Stars club team, she was recognized individually as a 2015 AAU All-American, an AVCA All-Region member and made the Junior Volleyball Association’s watch list.

PERSONAL

  • Daughter of Heather Justice.
  • Has one brother; John and two sisters; Olivia and Ellis
  • Will pursue a degree in education, with the goal of teaching at the elementary level.

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