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COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina volleyball team threw a spur-sized monkey wrench into the SEC standings Sunday evening, as the Gamecocks stunned conference leader Missouri in four sets, 25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 25-23. The Tigers came into the match ranked 21st nationally, but the Gamecocks used 17 kills from Mikayla Shields and a double-double from Koko Atoa-Williams to pull off the upset. It was the programs first win over a top-25 team since Sept. of 2006.In my six years, this is the biggest win weve had as a program, head coach Scott Swanson said after the match. We told the kids in the pregame talk that we were going to upset Missouri tonight, and they believed it. They came out and they worked and they fought and did everything they could. We executed really really well, and a lot of team effort... this is a signature win for us, its huge.1st Set: The Gamecocks (18-8, 6-8 SEC) came out on the hunt early, using an 8-2 run to claim a 12-7 lead on the Tigers (21-5, 12-2 SEC). That run, which featured kills from Shields, Dessaa Legros and Aubrey Ezell, proved to be the deciding factor, as Missouri would get no closer than two points for the rest of the game. South Carolina out-hit its opposition .360 to .118, and behind five kills from Legros, it earned some confidence early with the 25-20 win.2nd Set: The Tigers were able to send the match to halftime tied 1-1 after milking a big run to start the set. South Carolina fell behind 7-0 from the jump, but showed its resolve with a big comeback late in the 25-23 loss. Missouri held a 15-12 lead at the mid-way point of the game, and appeared to pull away for good at 19-14 before allowing another run for the Gamecocks. They would fight all the way back to 24-23, but an error at the net gave Missouri the win heading into the break. The Tigers used four aces to make the difference in a set where Carolina out-blocked and out-hit them.3rd Set: The crucial third set was a grinder for the Gamecocks, as they weathered what would be Missouris best offensive set of the match (hitting .394). A pair of early blocks gave South Carolina the 5-1 lead, but the Tigers beat them to 15 and held a one-point advantage at the mid-way point. All told, nine ties came from the set, and while the Gamecocks managed to stay just a point ahead through the trading of sideouts, but found some wiggle room at 25-24 and Mikayla Shields fourth kill of the game clinched the 2-1 lead.4th Set: Missouri looked ready to make it a five-set affair, using a 7-1 run early in the fourth to take the 13-10 lead on Carolina. That would grow to 17-13 before the Gamecocks regrouped with a timeout. The home team got back to within one, 19-18, before a smaller 3-0 burst behind Melanie Crows service had the Tigers sitting at 22-18. The trio of Shields, Legros and Atoa-Williams would not relent, and the Gamecocks scored seven of the next eight points to pull out the upset. Of those seven points, Legros accounted for three (two kills, one block) Shields slammed home her seventh kill of the set and Atoa-Williams set off the fireworks with her 10th kill of the night to seal the 25-23 comeback win, taking the match.STAT OF THE MATCHDespite giving up more kills to the Tigers, the Gamecocks committed 11 fewer attack errors to take a match that was decided by a combined 11 points. 12 blocks for South Carolina are the most in a single match since Oct. 2 against Kentucky. All told, the Tigers committed 30 unforced errors (17 attack, eight on service, two on serve receive and three on blocking errors).NOTABLEThe last win over a ranked opponent came on Sept. 17, 2006, when current assistant coach Shonda Cole talled 35 kills over four sets to beat #6 Florida. This is South Carolinas second win ever against Missouri, the last coming at home in 2014. Koko Atoa-Williams recorded her third double-double of the season, giving her 16 for her career. She now ranks 21st in school history for double-doubles, and her 18 digs Sunday night are the most since her career high of 27 against Tennessee in 2014. Mikayla Shields has flourished in the teams 5-1 offense, showing off her ability as a passer and hitter. The freshman put together her third double-double over the last five matches and had a season-best 14 digs Sunday. Missouri hit .367 as a team in the first meeting between the two this season, but the Tigers were limited to just .178 on Sunday. South Carolina was able to slow down a deep Mizzou offense thanks to 12 blocks. Four different players had three or more blocks, led by Claire Edwards four. The teams 18 wins are now tied for the most under sixth-year coach Scott Swanson and are tied for the most by any team since 2008. QUOTABLE: SENIOR KOKO ATOA-WILLIAMSWhat the win means for the team It just shows how well our team meshes together, and how much fight we have. To go up against such a big team, the number one team in our conference, for us to pull together and come out in four really means a lot. It was a great night for the seniors and a great team effort as well.UP NEXTThe Gamecocks square off against the Heart of Dixie in the penultimate weekend of the 2016 season. Fans should circle Nov. 18 on the calendar, as Alabama comes to the Carolina Volleyball Center on Senior Night for the Gamecocks. First serve against the Crimson Tide is scheduled 7 p.m. with a post-match ceremony planned for Carolinas five seniors. Closing the weekend will be a Sunday road trip to Auburn that begins at 2:30 p.m. ET. Mark Melancon Jersey . Badenhop was 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 63 relief appearances for Milwaukee this season. He is 18-20 in his career with three saves and a 3. Orlando Cepeda Jersey . Still, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke thought taking him out before the fifth inning was an unusual move. "Im looking up at the board and hes got two hits given up and one run, and Im taking him out after the fourth inning," Roenicke said. . As he recorded his 23rd and 24th points of the evening, a segment of the sellout Air Canada Centre crowd expressed their appreciation for the Raptors point guard with a smattering of MVP chants. Brandon Belt Jersey . The Canadian squad, skipped by Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, got on the board first with two in the second end, and followed that with two more apiece in the fourth and sixth ends. Jeff Samardzija Jersey . -- Edmontons Val Sweeting is two wins away from a trip to Winnipeg to play in Canadas Road of the Rings in December.DOVER, Del. -- With one big move, Tony Stewart put Juan Pablo Montoya and a sluggish season well behind him. After a mundane start, Stewart is back in Victory Lane -- and in the thick of Chase contention. Stewarts outside pass on Montoya with three laps left was enough to win Sunday at Dover International Speedway and snap a 30-race winless streak. "Our guys at our shop have been digging," Stewart said. "None of these guys get down. We have been down, but they havent gotten down. That is what carries you to days like today at the end of the day." Stewart was stuck in 20th in the standings and didnt even have a top-finish before he rallied in Dover. Stewart hadnt won on the concrete mile track since he swept both Cup races in 2000. The No. 14 team erupted in celebration in the pits after winning for the first time since last July in Daytona. It was a long time coming for the two-time Cup champ. "Its been such a tough year," Stewart said. It got a little easier Sunday. Stewart stoutly defended crew chief Steve Addingtons performance this year and thanked Hendrick Motorsports for supplying engines to his Stewart-Haas Racing team. He also knows their work is far from finished. "We realize this could put the 14 team in contention to make the Chase," he said. "Thats not good enough." Meaning, he wants to not only make the 12-driver field, but know hes a top contender to win another championship. His 48th career win pushed him to 16th in the points standings and aided his cause for a wild-card spot. The two drivers in the 11th to 20th spot in the standings with the most wins earn a slot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Stewart is the only driver in those spots with a win. "Its been very hard when you have the start of the season that we had," Stewart said. "You start questioning, you start doubting, you start looking for answers that you dont have the knowledge to diagnose. That makes you feel very helpless at times." Seven-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson appeared to have the car to beat, but jumped a restart and had to serve a pass-through penalty. Johnson argued over the radio and stayed on the track before he finally hit pit road. With Johnson out of the picture, Montoya and Stewart battled for the lead the rest of the race. Jeff Gordon was third, followed by Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski. NASCAR said Keselowski, the reigning series champion, failed post-race inspection because the entire front of his No.dddddddddddd 2 Ford was too low. This was crew chief Paul Wolfes first race back after a two-race suspension for unapproved parts. Stewart tested at Dover and hoped that would help at a track thats given him fits the last few years. He hadnt finished better than 20th in his last four races at Dover. He might not have gotten this win had Johnson not been penalized with about 19 laps left. Johnson jumped ahead of Montoya out of the restart box and NASCAR quickly threw the black flag. "We certainly had the winning car," Johnson said. "Well have to come back and do it in the fall." Montoyas only two career Cup victories came on road courses. He tried to play the spoiler after Johnsons penalty but just didnt have enough to hold off a hard-charging Stewart. "The car was a little bit too much of a handful at the end," Montoya said. "We tried. I think it was too hot on the tires the run before and our left tires were completely gone." Johnson, who kept the points lead, finished 17th. "He just wanted to get the jump on me," Montoya said. "He just jumped it too much. I would have tried to do the same." Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr., both in the top 10 in points entering the race, made early exits because of engine issues. Pole sitter Denny Hamlin finished 34th after he hit the wall late in the race. Hamlin needed a big points day to try and crack the top 20 if he has any hope at a Chase for the Sprint Cup championship wild-card berth. Hamlin is 26th in the standings, 122 points out of 10th and 74 points out of 20th. Few drivers run as well deep into the season as Stewart. It might be time again for him to get rolling. "Its not a fix-all for what weve got going on," Addington said. "Its a step in the right direction." Stewart-Haas Racing appeared to turn a corner last week at Charlotte after Ryan Newman finished sixth and Stewart was seventh. Stewart said one strong weekend wasnt going to cure all of SHRs problems. Make it two and with a big win in hand. "We got two weeks of momentum under our belt now at two totally different race tracks," Stewart said. "That is big. Momentum is huge in this sport. We still got a lot of work to do. We wont sit." Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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