The College of Charleston Cougars finished up this weekend’s play with a fervent win against in conference rival Elon, sweeping the Phoenix in three sets.
With sophomore Maddie McGinnis back in the starting lineup, the Cougars looked ready from the start, but it was the Phoenix who struck first.
The Cougar’s front line worked hard, led by senior Elyse Chubb, to gain a solid lead and give the squad a push towards victory.
A kill by red-shirted sophomore Kerstin Koehler gave Charleston the set win, 25-15.
As the second set unfolded, the Cougars continued their offensive domination, starting the set with a 6-2 lead.
Both teams fought hard defensively as long volleys dominated the set. However, it was the offensive runs by freshman Sloane White and senior Sarah Havel gave the Cougars the advantage.
Charleston’s offense proved too much to handle for the Phoenix as they swiftly took the second set, 25-11.
In the third set, Elon looked determined to keep up, with enthusiastic cheering from their bench to fuel them on.
As the teams traded points throughout the set, lead changes came in quick succession with both squads pushing vehemently towards victory.
As the Cougars gained a small lead, the Phoenix took a time out but it proved to be just as beneficial for Charleston as they stretched the lead to four after the time out.
Back to back kills from Havel pushed CofC to a 23-18 lead as Elon took its final timeout in a last ditch effort to rally back.
The Cougars were prepared for the fight and closed out the match quickly, taking the third set 25-19 and sweeping the Phoenix in just three sets.
The College put up impressive numbers across the board in today’s match with Chubb leading the way, tallying 10 kills to McGinnis and White’s nine each. Five other Cougars registered kills in the three sets.
Defensively, libero Emily Shelton grabbed 14 digs with help from sophomore Kallie McGown and senior Hayley Harrell.
The Cougars travel to Coastal Carolina on Tuesday for an out of conference match before returning home for a weekend of conference play.