Gamecocks knock off Jacksonville in four sets

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina volleyball team moved to 2-0 on the season with a four-set win over Jacksonville by the scores of 25-23, 25-14, 20-25 and 25-17 on Saturday afternoon in the Gamecock Invitational at the Volleyball Competition Facility.

The Gamecocks came up big at the net, holding a 16-9 advantage in blocks to drop the Dolphins, a NCAA Tournament participant last year, to 0-2 on the season. Carolina also out-hit Jacksonville .157-.106 and held the edge in aces (6-4) and digs (52-48).

Sophomore outside hitter KoKo Atoa-Williams led the way with her first career double-double, matching her career-high in kills with 12 and setting a career-high with 10 digs. Freshman outside hitter Taylr McNeil pitched in nine kills, nine digs and three blocks. Junior middle blocker Darian Dozier pitched in five kills and a career-high 11 blocks, including a career-high three block solos. Junior setter Kellie McNeil dished out 21 assists and added three kills, eight digs and four block assists, and senior Mikaela Christiaansen collected a team-high 15 digs.

Outside hitter Sammie Strausbaugh paced Jacksonville with 19 kills and 10 digs, while Emily Laskelle finished with 15 kills. Setter Jissian Gesualdo had a match-high 38 assists, and libero Mayara Prestes led the defense with a match-high 16 digs.

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