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Gamecocks Open Conference Tournament Play Friday – University of South Carolina Athletics

Gamecocks Open Conference Tournament Play Friday – University of South Carolina Athletics

HUNTSVILLE, ALA. – South Carolina beach volleyball begins postseason play on Friday, April 26, when it faces No. 4 Florida State in the opening round of the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association’s conference tournament. The Gamecocks (18-14) are the fourth seed in the tournament, held at John Hunt Park Sand Volleyball Complex in Huntsville, Ala. The dual against the top-seeded Seminoles will begin at 11 a.m. ET.

The tournament is a double-elimination format – the winner of the South Carolina and Florida State dual will play the winner of No. 10 LSU and No. 17 Grand Canyon at 2:30 p.m. and the losing teams from both duals will square off in an elimination game Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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  • The team holds an 18-14 record entering postseason play. The 14 losses are the most in a single season since 2016, however, seven came by a 3-2 margin and 10 of the 14 came against nationally ranked opponents.
  • South Carolina’s top two pairs for wins this spring will, ironically, not be paired up for the conference tournament. Skylar Allen and Allison Coens were an all-conference pairing and went 15-9 overall with 10 wins on court one. Also with 15 wins together this spring was Hannah Mackenhausen and Riley Whitesides, who had four wins on one and10 on two.
  • Allen and Whitesides, and Coens and Mackenhausen will pair up for postseason play. It is the first time since 2017 that the team had three different pairings start in five or more games on court one in a single season.
  • In her win over No. 15 Georgia State on the final day of the regular season, Skylar Allen won her 70th career match on court one – 25 more than any Gamecock in program history. Taking just her wins on court one, Allen would rank seventh in program history. Her overall total of 84 puts her firmly in fourth place.
  • Of the 10 women who finished the regular season in the lineup and will play in the conference tournament, seven already have personal bests for wins in a single season.
  • Sophomores Morgan Downs and VB Trost have had the biggest year-to-year improvement on the roster. Downs did not make the starting lineup as a true freshman, but currently holds a 16-9 record and is second on the team in ranked wins (4). Trost made one start in 2023, but currently has a 12-8 record.
  • Fellow sophomore Jolie Cranford leads the team in overall wins (22) and ranked wins…

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