No. 14 Gamecocks Host Tennessee Sunday on ESPNU at 3pm
South Carolina looks to keep the SEC lead with a nationally televised match against the Lady Vols
COLUMBIA, S.C. - No. 14 South Carolina hosts SEC East rival Tennessee in a game nationally televised by ESPNU at 3 p.m.
Sunday afternoon. Beth Mowins and Cat Whitehill will make the call in that match,
the same duo that called South Carolina's SEC Tournament title victory against LSU last season.
THE ROAD TO ORANGE BEACH
South Carolina leads the SEC at 5-1-1 with 16 points, taking the top spot over Florida (5-1-1) due to tiebreakers.
A Gamecock victory coupled with an Arkansas tie or loss will clinch a spot for the Gamecocks to their fifth consecutive SEC Tournament.
The conference tournament is played at the Orange Beach Soccer Complex in Orange Beach, Ala., and takes the top eight teams in the standings. A
South Carolina win along with an Arkansas tie or loss will make it mathematically impossible for the Gamecocks to finish in the
bottom four of the league, thus clinching a berth in the tournament.
Tennessee brings a 4-2-1 conference record into Sunday's match after dropping a 4-2 decision at Florida Friday night. The Lady Vols
struggled in the early going of the season with three top 25 teams in the opening five matches, but the team has rebounded in SEC
action and sits fourth in the conference standings with 13 points. Chelsea Hatcher
and Emily Dowd lead the team with six goals asHatcher is the team leader at 15 points and
Dowd second at 13 points. A bevy of players have also contributed at least two goals. Redshirt senior Molly Baird sports a 1.77 goals against average with three shutouts.
South Carolina has performed at a perfect level on Sunday afternoon matches, traditionally the toughest day of the week after playing
a Friday game. The Gamecocks, 7-0-1 in Sunday matches this year, have outscored opponents 22-3 on Sundays with the lone
blemishes coming in a 1-1 tie against Arizona State, a 5-1 win at Kentucky and a 2-1 win at Alabama. Carolina has scored 14 goals in
SEC Sunday matches this year. For the record, that means 22 of Carolina's 32 goals have come on Sundays.
South Carolina senior forward Brooke Jacobs is questionable with a hamstring injury suffered against Alabama. The senior missed
Friday's 1-0 loss to Georgia with sophomore Ali Glemser earning her first career start. Jacobs has only missed two games since the
2008 season - a span of 62 games for Carolina - with the Gamecocks dropping both of those contests by identical 1-0 score. Both
missed games were due to leg injuries (Western Carolina, Sept. 21, 2008).
THE 10-10-30 CLUB
Junior Kayla Grimsley is one goal and one assist shy of becoming the first Gamecock to join the 10-10-30 club. Grimsley has nine
goals and nine assists for 27 points this season,
numbers that pushes her to the top of the SEC list in goals, assists, points and game
winning goals (4).
In just her third season, Grimsley
is already No. 2 in the South Carolina record books for career goals (30), assists(22) and points (83).