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VOLLEYBALL CENTRAL: UT at South Carolina

Nov. 10, 2012


TENNESSEE (18-6, 11-4) at S. CAROLINA (16-12, 4-12)
Nov. 11, 2012   |   1:30 p.m. ET
VB Competition Fac.   |   Columbia, S.C.

THE SOUTH CAROLINA REMATCH
  • Sunday afternoon's match against the Gamecocks marks the 60th meeting between the two programs. South Carolina is currently the Lady Vols' third-most played opponent behind SEC rivals Kentucky (72) and Georgia (66).
  • With a 3-1 win in Knoxville earlier this season, Tennessee currently leads the all-time series by a 34-25 margin and has won eight straight over the Gamecocks.
  • The Big Orange's last loss to South Carolina came in Columbia on Oct. 10, 2008.
  • The Lady Vols have won three of the eight matches during the stretch in three frames, while only one match has been decided in five.
  • It will be the 24th meeting in Columbia, with Tennessee currently holding a 14-9 advantage in the series on the road. UT has won three straight in Columbia.
  • After dropping the opening eight matchups of the series, Coach Rob Patrick now holds a career record of 17-15 against the Garnet and Black.

SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS

  • After winning its Friday night match against Mississippi State in straight-sets, South Carolina enters the matchup in last place in the SEC Eastern Division with an overall mark of 16-12 and a league record of 4-12. The Gamecocks lost in straight sets on the road against Missouri and Kentucky last week.
  • The Gamecocks, who have SEC wins over Georgia, LSU and Mississippi State, began the 2012 campaign with 13 wins - the second-longest winning streak in program history. Since, South Carolina is 3-12.
  • The Gamecocks are 10-5 at home this season and undefeated (9-0) when they win the blocking battle. SC is 147-74 all-time at the Volleyball Competition Facility.
  • As a team, South Carolina is a very efficient hitting team. SC ranks third in the SEC with a .260 attacking percentage. The Gamecocks also rank sixth in assists per set (12.81), seventh in kills per set (13.71) and eighth in aces per frame (0.99).
  • Junior outside hitter Juliette Thevenin leads the squad with 376 kills, ranking third in the SEC with 4.22 kills per set. Thevenin also ranks third in the conference in points per set (4.59) and 14th in hitting percentage on the season (.295).
  • Sophomore Cara Howley currently leads the team with 25 aces and ranks fourth in the conference with a 0.27 aces per set average. She also ranks 17th in the league with a .283 attacking clip and has 199 kills on the year.
  • South Carolina Head Coach Scott Swanson is in his second year at the helm of the Gamecocks after coaching four seasons at UTEP. He has an overall record of 30-28 at SC and a career record of 80-89.

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