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Gamecocks Face Deep Field in Sugar Beach Bash Roadtrip – University of South Carolina Athletics

Gamecocks Face Deep Field in Sugar Beach Bash Roadtrip – University of South Carolina Athletics

YOUNGSVILLE, LA. – Fresh off a 7-1 home stand, South Carolina beach volleyball hits the road for the final two weekend of March, starting with the Sugar Beach Bash from March 15-16. Hosted by Southeastern Louisiana, the two-day tournament features duals against Tulane (10-4) and UAB (7-5) on Friday and Boise State (11-6) and the host Lions (6-3) on Saturday.

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WEEK THREE NOTABLES

  • Hannah Mackenhausen’s 105th career start, coming against North Florida, was the senior’s first in the number one pairing. Of her previous 104 appearances, 27 starts came at No. 2, 45 at No. 3, 27 at No. 4 and five at No. 5.
  • Skylar Allen’s sweep of Tennessee Tech Saturday morning was her 70th career victory. The graduate student is now the sixth member of the program to reach 70 wins.
  • South Carolina’s dual with Tennessee Tech is the first-ever meeting between the two programs. This is year two of the Golden Eagles’ beach volleyball team.
  • After dropping their lone three-set match of the day against UNF, the Gamecocks are now 4-13 in three-set matches through 10 games this season.
  • To add to the frustrations, the six sets the Gamecocks lost to the Osprey were all decided by the minimum two points. The Gamecocks are 7-19 in deuce sets this spring.
  • The loss to North Florida snaps a four-game win streak for South Carolina in the all-time series. The Osprey’s last win in the series also came on Wheeler Beach, back in 2016.
  • Four Gamecocks earned their first collegiate wins in the Sunday morning dual with New Orleans: sophomore VB Trost, freshmen Julia Waugh and Evie Ziffer, and graduate transfer McKenzie Nichols. The quartet won on four and five to stake the team a 2-0 lead.
  • Through the team’s first 12 matches, South Carolina has seven different players record their first career wins.
  • With two more wins Sunday, Hannah Mackenhausen and Riley Whitesides run their season record together to 10-2. The pair is on a nine-game win streak, losing three sets total during the run.

SCOUTING THE WEEKEND FIELD

TULANE GREEN WAVE

  • South Carolina leads the all-time series, 11-4 ( Since March 2015)
  • The Green Wave have taken the last two meetings by a 3-2 score, most recently on March 11, 2023.
  • Tulane enters the weekend with a 10-4 record and is eight votes shy of cracking the latest AVCA coaches top-20 poll.
  • The team returns a large group of returners, highlighted by 20-game winners from 2023, Savka…

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