South Carolina won the program’s first-ever home sand volleyball meet in the Carolina Sand Volleyball Complex when they defeated Oregon 4-1. A crowd of 1,102 came out for the match Friday night. In the top flight, USC’s Paige Wheeler and Megan Kent downed Oregon’s Amanda Benson and Canace Finley 21-11, 21-18. The Gamecock’s only loss in the matchup came in No. 4 flight where Oregon’s Shellsy Ashen and Martenne Bettendorf defeated South Carolina’s Koko Atoa-Williams and Erin Neuenfeldt, 21-9, 20-22, 15-13.
Later on in the Gamecock Invitational competition, the home team earned another W over UAB before losing to LSU and Louisiana-Monroe.
Oregon picked up its first win as a program against ULM on Sunday. The first-year Ducks took the matches at the No. 4 and 5 spots, but ULM took No. 1 and 2, leaving the fate of the match up to Oregon’s Kacey Nady and Amanda Benson who faced off against ULM’s Blanca Ocana and Hope Pawlik. The match went to extra points in the third set before Nady and Benson secured the win for Oregon. The Ducks lost their other matches at the Gamecock Invitational to UAB, LSU, and the College of Charleston to finish the weekend 1-4.
The College of Charleston won each of their four matchups, the only team to be undefeated at the event. Their 4-0 record marks the best start the program has had in either of its two previous seasons.
Big-time sand competition east of the Mississippi continues this weekend with the College of Charleston, Pepperdine, and ULM all gathering at Georgia State for the Sand in the City event.