Carla Gambrell Pesce was a dual sport student-athlete, playing volleyball from 1986-89 and women's basketball from 1986-88 and 1990-91. A standout in both sports, she made her biggest impact on the volleyball team. A four-year starter, she helped the Lady Rifles to a 135-42 record during her four years. She was named NAIA District Six Player of the Year in 1987 and earned All-America honors in 1987 and 1988. She led USCS to three appearances in the NAIA national championships.
She had the best year of her career in 1988. She tallied 630 kills on 1,264 attempts for a 5.08 kills per game average. Those figures led the Lady Rifles and remain single-season school records to this day. She also recorded 121 solo blocks, a figure that ranks as the third-beast single-season effort in school history.
Pesce's name appears 12 times on the all-time career and single-season volleyball record lists at USCS. Her 2,344 career kill attempts ranks fifth all-time, while her 1,129 kills is third. She also ranks third all-time with 178 solo blocks.
In addition to her stellar career in volleyball, she was also solid on the basketball court. She led USCS to a 50-30 record in three seasons with the team. She holds USCS' all-time blocked shots record with 90 and is 10 th all-time with 457 rebounds. She led the Lady Rifles with 7.4 rebounds per game in 1988-89.
Pesce currently is the office manager for the family business. Her husband owns his own practice of Chiropractic Medicine in Greer. She and her husband have two daughters and are active in the Greer Community Ministries.