CHARLESTON, S.C. - College of Charleston earned its second straight sweep and third straight win as the Cougars defeated The Citadel Bulldogs, 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-18), in SoCon action Tuesday night at McAlister Fieldhouse.
The Cougars (9-5, 2-0) continue their all-time undefeated streak against The Citadel (2-14, 0-2), now reaching a record of 27-0.
College of Charleston, who did not trail until the start of the third set, hit over .300 for the third straight match as the squad notched a hitting percentage of .301 and held Citadel to .040.
Junior Kerstin Koehler and freshman Melissa Morello led the team in kills with nine, with Morello getting all of her kills in the first two sets. Koehler also made a match-high five blocks to lead the Cougars to nine team blocks, bolstered by three blocks apiece from Emily Neideffer and Sloane White.
Junior Darcy Dorton hit .438 with eight kills against one error on 16 swings, joining White who hit .500 on eight kills as well.
Taeler Davis continued to play well at setter as she tallied 37 assists and eight digs. Emily Shelton ranged the back row to notch 16 digs in the three-setter.
The Cougar bench saw valuable playing time in the third set with Kelly Kolich hitting .364 with six kills and Lizzie Theesfeld making four kills. Catey Warren made two kills for CofC.
The Bulldogs were led by Jessica Maxwell and Lauren Hurt who made eight kills and seven kills, respectively. Hurt also contributed four blocks.
CofC built a 9-1 lead in the first set to take control of the match early. However, several attack errors from the visitors allowed the Bulldogs to climb back and cut the lead to 14-11, before CofC rattled off the next five points to take a 19-11 lead and eventually secure the set, 25-14.
College of Charleston was even more workmanlike in the second set, committing just four attack errors and landing 15 kills for an attack percentage of .393. The Cougars broke open a 9-6 game by scoring seven of the next nine points to lead 16-8. The Bulldogs could not climb closer than seven points for the rest of the way and three straight attack errors from Rachael Farrell gave the Cougars a 25-14 set two win.
The Citadel won the first point of the third set and hung tight with the Cougars for the next big stretch, taking advantage of Morello and Dorton resting on the bench. CofC eventually went on a 4-0 run to make a 14-10 lead after kills from Koehler. The Bulldogs cut the lead to two at 18-16, but kills from Theesfeld and Kolich got the Cougars to 20 first and CofC eventually won, 25-18.
College of Charleston will continue the road swing this weekend with a 1 p.m. match at Georgia Southern on Saturday, followed by a 2 p.m. match at Davidson on Sunday.