Day One of Palmetto Invitational Ends in a Split for Gamecocks


COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) — After opening the day with a victory over Coastal Carolina, the South Carolina beach volleyball team fell to No. 11 LSU on Saturday at Wheeler Beach.

The Gamecocks are now 16-13 on the year, while the Chanticleers dropped to 2-8 overall and the Tigers improved to 13-6.

South Carolina began the day recognizing seniors Sarah Blomgren and Litsa Darby, followed by a quick 4-1 victory over Coastal Carolina. The Gamecocks then took on the 11th-ranked Tigers, and after dropping all five first sets,  Carolina rallied back to win the second sets and push a third set on four out of the five courts.

LSU proved to be too much for the Gamecocks and took a 5-0 victory over Carolina.

Sunday marks day two of the Palmetto Invitational and South Carolina will face UNC-Wilmington at 11 a.m. and Carson-Newman at 5 p.m.

Dual Results
South Carolina 4, Coastal Carolina 1
1. Natasa Savovic/Alise Petersone (CCU) def. Julia Mannisto/Shannon Williams (SC) 21-16, 21-12
2. Macie Tendrich/Katie Reilly (SC) def. Tahleia Bishop/Aleksandra Djuric (CCU) 21-10, 21-14
3. Sarah Blomgren/Aubrey Ezell (SC) def. Leah Hardeman/Carla Cahill (CCU) 21-13, 21-11
4. Jade Vitt/Delaney Wood (SC) def. Sara Boothe/Mika Mierzwa (CCU) 21-9, 21-13
5. Erin Neuenfeldt/Litsa Darby (SC) def. Iva Mandic/Annayka Legros (CCU) 21-2, 21-9

Order of Finish: 5, 4, 2, 3, 1

LSU 5, South Carolina 0
1. Katie Lindelow/Ashley Allmer (LSU) def. Julia Mannisto/Shannon Williams (SC) 21-15, 18-21, 15-13
2. Helen Boyle/Lilly Kessler (LSU) def. Macie Tendrich/Katie Reilly (SC) 21-15, 17-21, 15-11
3. Cati Leak/Callan Molle (LSU) def. Sarah Blomgren/Aubrey Ezell (SC) 21-13, 21-23, 16-18
4. Mandi Orellana/Riley Young (LSU) def. Jade Vitt/Delaney Wood (SC) 23-21, 8-21, 15-7
5. Cheyenne Wood/Megan Davenport (LSU) def. Erin Neuenfeldt/Litsa Darby (SC) 21-19, 23-21
Exh. Victoria Boraski/Roxanne McVey (LSU) def. Emma Lock/Lauren Percy (SC) 21-19, 21-14

Order of Finish: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

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