Riley Whitesides recorded a match-high 23 kills including the last five of the points in a decisive game 5 as the South Carolina volleyball team defeated fourth-ranked Florida 3-2 Thursday afternoon in the final match of the eight-match fall schedule.
The victory was the Gamecocks' first over Florida since 2006.
In game five, Florida jumped out to a 9-5 lead before the home mounted a charge. Mikayla Robinson registered four kills on just six swings to help South Carolina start the comeback. From there, Whitesides scored the final five points of the game unanswered for the 15-12 clincher. Whitesides accounted for all five of those points on kills, with the final attack bouncing off the tape and landing in front of Florida's blockers to end the match.
South Carolina finished the fall schedule with a 5-3 record. The Gators who entered the match having not lost a single set through its first five matches, drops to 5-1.