COLUMBIA, S.C. - In the final match of the  Gamecock Invitational presented by Courtyard Marriott, the UNC Asheville volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision (16-25, 22-25, 16-25) to host South Carolina on Saturday evening.


With the loss the Bulldogs fell to 0-4 on the young season, while the Gamecocks stay undefeated at 4-0.


"We were able to get a lot of young players some good experience against some quality opponents this weekend," said Asheville head coach Frederico Santos. "We just have to keep working together to get better throughout the season and the results will take care of themselves."


The Bulldogs were led on offense by freshman Christine Lakatos, who had eight kills.  Anna Moore and Holly Shelton posted six kills apiece, while Meredith Foster and Chelsie Kenley each had four.


Setter Katie Davis recorded 21 assists, while Rachel Wells tallied eight digs on defense.


South Carolina got a match-high 14 kills from Juliette Thevenin, who hit for a .440 clip over three sets. Bethanie Thomas recorded 10 kills for the Gamecocks, while Taylor Bruns (22) and Lexie Pawlik (21) combined for 43 assists while splitting time at setter.


The Blue & White will be back in action next week when they take part in the Tiger Invitational hosted by Savannah State. Asheville will take on New Mexico on Friday at 11 a.m., followed by a match against SSU at 3 p.m.