COLUMBIA, S.C. - Desiree McCray played a solid game in her return to her hometown, but the Georgia volleyball team (13-12, 1-11) fell on the road to South Carolina (17-7, 5-7) by a score of 3-0 on Sunday afternoon.
South Carolina took the match with set wins of 28-26, 25-18 and 25-18.
"South Carolina did a nice job putting the pressure on us at the service line and in their counter attack," said head coach Lizzy Stemke. "These were areas that we managed much better on our home court the first time we played them, and we will need to put a lot of focus on those areas for another weekend on the road next week."
The Bulldogs hit .275 for the match, led by the arm of Columbia-native McCray with seven kills and a .545 hitting mark. The redshirt senior also showed her skills on defense, finishing the contest with five blocks, as Georgia outblocked the Gamecocks 8-5. However, the home team recorded a .378 clip for itself while 12 aces guided South Carolina to the win.
South Carolina used a late comeback to win the first set 28-26. Georgia led a majority of the set, including at 24-21 after a kill from McCray. However, the Gamecocks rolled out three-consecutive points to knot it up en route to the first-set win.
An early advantage in the second frame was erased, as South Carolina went on a 13-0 run to go up 15-5. Georgia continued to work, getting within six at 18-12 after a setter dump from Meghan Donovan, but the deficit was too tough to overcome with the Gamecocks winning it 25-18.
It was point-for-point in the third frame, as the teams were tied at nine apiece after a Caroline Ostman kill. South Carolina gave itself some breathing room at that point, but the Bulldogs were close on the heels, even within one at 15-14 after a Kendall Kazor point. However, the Gamecocks pulled away to seal the match win at 25-18.
Georgia returns to action next weekend, as the team travels to LSU on Friday and Texas A&M on Saturday. Both matches can be watched on SEC Network+/WatchESPN.