COLUMBIA, S.C.-South Carolina extended its victory over Clemson to six with a dominant sweep Friday afternoon, beating the Tigers 25-14, 25-23, 25-12 in front of a restless crowd at the Carolina Volleyball Center. The Gamecocks improved to 4-1 for the season, thanks to an offense that four different hitters would finish at least eight times in the game. Clemson returns to 2-2 for the fall.
First SET: South Carolina broke away early with a big run to include a convincing result in the opening frame, with a 25-14 victory. On a 4-way tie, Lauren McCutcheon led on an 11-1 run from there, with the freshman giving up a pair of aces to go with disposals of five different Gamecock hitters during that stretch. Mikayla Robinson and Kyla Manning teamed up for eight of the team’s 13 disposals in the game, South Carolina held one.finished 346 .136% advantage in hitting percentage in the set.
Second SET: Clemson’s best chance to win a set in its favor came in the second, as the Tigers took advantage of an early run to take the lead before losing after in the final 25-23 to South Carolina. Clemson used four unanswered points to break a 9-9 tie and was able to take the lead thanks to a Manning finish and back-to-back blocks for South Carolina made it 17-16 for the Gamecocks. McCutcheon and Manning posted eight no-fault executes between them, allowing Carolina to survive a Clemson strike.348 for the whole.
Third SET: Gamecock’s defense led the way by closing the door on Clemson in the third set, using five blocks to see the Tigers record as many fouls (8) as they finished (8). South Carolina wouldn’t be trailing in the set, building a big early lead and pushing into double digits for a final margin of 25-12. Robinson and McCutcheon combined for six disposals on seven no-fault swings, and Robinson also added three total blocks on the defensive side.
With the win, South Carolina has a six-game winning streak in the series with Clemson. The Gamecocks haven’t lost a home game in the series since 1994, a span of 10 games.
McCutcheon nearly doubled his season ace total in the win, recording four to bring his season total to nine.
Overall, South Carolina enjoyed a big advantage behind the service line. The team had six aces and eight fouls, compared to Clemson’s two aces and 14 fouls.
Freshman Oby Anadi made her debut for the team in the second set and responded with a couple of knockouts and blocks. With eight more eliminations, Robinson surpassed Megan Laughlin (2007-10) for the fifth-most career finishs in the rally era (with 1,033).
The team’s six home games conclude Friday night, when South Carolina faced UCF in a rematch of its first weekend. Last night against the Knights, the Gamecocks took a 3-0 sweep. The match will be broadcast on the SEC + network with a first service at 19:30.