College of Charleston’s Cougars traveled to Conway Tuesday afternoon to face Coastal Carolina’s Chanticleers in their final out of conference match, bringing home the victory 3-1.
Coming off a weekend of definitive wins, grabbing their first two conference wins against The Citadel and Elon, the Cougars looked to continue a four game winning streak.
As the first set began, it was the Cougars who were first to strike in the in-state battle, however the Chanticleers fought hard to take an early lead.
A mini run, mid-set, proved to be enough to push Coastal past the Cougars as the two-point lead grew, handing the Cougars a first set loss, 25-18.
The second set started in the same way the first ended. The Chanticleers jumped out to an early 5-1 lead.
After a bumpy start, the Cougars found their rhythm and closed the gap, trailing 15-14.
As the Cougars picked up the pace, the squad snatched the lead for the first time this set, taking a 20-17 lead.
In a nail-biting ending, freshman Sloane White slammed home the set-winning kill, leading the Cougars to victory, 25-23.
As the third set began, Charleston looked like a different team. They came out with tenacity that the Chanticleers couldn’t match and pulled ahead in comfortable lead of 7-2.
Charleston expanded on their already impressive lead after steady play from junior Kelly Kolich eventually earned her solid kill. This extended the lead to 11-5.
The Cougars continued their resolute game play and quickly shut out the Chanticleers, grabbing the third set victory, 25-12.
Coastal Carolina opened the fourth set determined to extend the match. The Chanticleers rallying back from an early disadvantage in attempt to catch the Cougars.
As the two teams traded points throughout the set it was unclear as to which way the set would fall but it was the Cougars who reached 20 first, and after a mini run Charleston looked to earn match point at 24-20.
Senior Elyse Chubb brought home the win for the Cougars, tallying her 11th kill on the night as the Cougars closed out the set, 25-21 and the match, 3-1.
Standout stars for the Cougars included freshman Sloane White with a season-high 16 kills and sophomore setter Taeler Davis who chipped in with 28 assists.
The Cougars return home for a weekend of fierce competition against in conference rival, Georgia Southern and Davison.