Volleyball Will Not Participate In Gamecock Invitational

Sept. 16, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Due to safety issues and travel difficulties as a result of the severe weather conditions in the Southeast caused by Hurricane Ivan and the upcoming Hurricane Jeanne, the USC women's volleyball team will not participate in the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, S.C., this weekend.

The tournament, which also includes teams from Notre Dame, Michigan State and host South Carolina, is scheduled to take place this Friday through Sunday (Sept. 17-19).

'We were concerned with the safety of our players and the risk we would be taking in our path of travel,' said USC senior associate athletic director Lisa Love. 'Additionally, our flight schedules to and from South Carolina could not be guaranteed at this point. At the end of the day, we are responsible for the well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. Their security is of the utmost concern to us.'

Added USC head coach Mick Haley: 'We are very disappointed that we are not going to play these matches this weekend, but the well-being and safety of our student-athletes always takes precedent.

'South Carolina has been very cooperative and we are working diligently to reschedule a visit to Columbia in 2006.'

As of now, Notre Dame and Michigan State still intend to compete at the three-day tournament. USC will not reschedule these nonconference matches or make any schedule additions this season.

With the cancellation, second-ranked USC (5-1) will not play again until its Pac-10 opener on Friday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. against Washington State at the Lyon Center.

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