Gamecocks Blank Bulldogs In Columbia

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Chanelle Baker had seven kills and five digs for State.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina rallied for a second set win and cruised home to a straight-sets win over Mississippi State Friday night in SEC volleyball competition at USC's Volleyball Competition Center.

The Gamecocks (16-12, 4-12 SEC) prevailed in the match 25-18, 25-23, 25-12, extending the dry spell for the Bulldogs (4-21, 0-16 SEC) to 17 straight matches.

Juliette Thevenin powered USC with a match-leading 17 kills on a .500 hitting night. The Gamecocks built up a 44-29 edge in kills and hit .411 for the match, bettering their .402 attack percentage from an Oct. 19 match against State in Starkville.

Freshman Taylor Scott paced State with eight kills while Chanelle Baker followed seven. Middle blocker Lainey Wyman hit a team match-best .364 and chipped in five kills with two blocks, as did Dani McCree.

Roxanne McVey added to her SEC-leading digs total with 13 scoops. The rookier from Magnolia, Texas, now paces the SEC with 487 digs, fifth-most in a season at State and 24 off the school mark of 511.

State fell behind 7-2 in the early going of the match and never managed a lead as USC hit .593 with one attack error in the opening stanza. State rebounded nicely in the second set, and with Baker at serve, put together a 7-0 run for a 9-5 advantage. USC tied the Bulldogs at 12-12 and the two teams battled on near even terms the remainder of the set. State regained the lead at 21-19 on a kill by Scott, but USC out-pointed the Bulldogs 6-2 down the stretch.

The Gamecocks jumped out to a 7-1 advantage in the third set and never let up in a match-clinching 25-12 win.

The Bulldogs close out their 13-match 2012 home volleyball schedule next weekend hosting instate rival Ole Miss Nov. 16 (7 p.m.) and SEC newcomer Missouri Nov. 18 (1:30 p.m.).


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