USC Volleyball Gets Six TV Games



COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) -- The South Carolina volleyball team will have four of its matches televised live on the SEC Network and two on ESPNU during its 2014 season, ESPN and the SEC announced Wednesday.

The Gamecocks will first appear on the SEC Network on Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at home against Ole Miss. Carolina’s Oct. 12 match at Alabama (4 p.m.), Nov. 2 match at Ole Miss (2 p.m.) and Nov. 9 match at home against Alabama (4 p.m.) will also be televised on the SEC Network. In addition to the SEC Network coverage, the Gamecocks’ Oct. 15 home match against Florida (6 p.m.) and Nov. 19 match at Tennessee (6 p.m.) will be televised on ESPNU.

The SEC Network, a new 24/7 sports network launching August 14 and operated by ESPN, will elevate the SEC volleyball programs with unprecedented national television coverage. This season’s matchups will increase to a total of 40 live volleyball matches that will air consistently on Wednesdays and Sundays through the regular season. A total of 10 additional matches will be televised on ESPNU in the fall.

“These schedules reflect the breadth of exposure that our student-athletes will receive in the SEC’s Olympic sports on the SEC Network,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. “It’s indicative of the full array of sports and unprecedented number of televised events SEC fans will enjoy throughout the athletic year.”

An additional slate of games, to be announced at a later date, will be carried on the SEC Network’s digital platforms. All SEC Network and ESPNU games will be available on WatchESPN.

Also beginning in August, the SEC Network will air 45 college football games this season and feature a game from all 14 teams in the SEC at their home stadium in the first four weeks.

The Gamecocks will open their 2014 schedule at home on Aug. 29-30 in the Gamecock Invitational.

SEC Network
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network, which will launch August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform. AT&T U-Verse, DISH, Google Fiber and National Rural Telecommunications cooperative (NRTC) have agreed to carry the SEC Network.

South Carolina’s SEC Network Matches
Fri, Sept. 26 6 p.m. OLE MISS at SOUTH CAROLINA
Sun, Oct. 12 4 p.m. SOUTH CAROLINA at ALABAMA
Sun, Nov. 2 2 p.m. SOUTH CAROLINA at OLE MISS
Sun, Nov. 9 4 p.m. ALABAMA at SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina’s ESPNU Matches
Wed, Oct. 15 6 p.m. FLORIDA at SOUTH CAROLINA
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