The College of Charleston volleyball team rallied in spectacular fashion on Friday night at TD Arena in their Colonial opener against Towson University, winning the match in a five set triller after dropping the first two games of the evening.
When the Cougars took a 24-18 lead on Towson in the first set, it looked as if Charleston (9-7, 1-0 CAA) had regained their form after a tough Texas road trip that saw them go 1-2.
That is until Towson (14-2, 0-1 CAA) scored nine of the next 10 points to take the set 27-25.
Towson would win the second set in convincing fashion, 25-18, and the Cougars seemed to be heading for an unexpected pounding to open CAA play.
However, seniors Sloane White and Cara Howley, two mainstays from last year’s conference championship team, took control in the third set and the Cougars began their comeback.
White gave Charleston the lead, 13-11, in the third game with two consecutive kills and the game would stay within two points for the duration. An attack error by Towson put the Cougars up 24-22, and after a Tigers’ kill brought them within one, Towson committed another error to give Charleston the third set, 25-23.
Their close third set win gave the Cougars momentum heading into the fourth. They raced out to an early 10-5 lead and kept the pedal on the gas, never allowing Towson any closer than three points, en route to a 25-18 set win.
In the tie breaking fifth set, Charleston executed almost flawlessly. The Cougars’ offense dominated early in the set, giving themselves a 12-2 lead on the Tigers as they coasted to a 15-6 set victory to win the match. Howley, Krissy Mummey, and Grace Rebarchak combined for eight of Charleston’s 15 points in the set.
White led the Cougars with 17 kills on the night. Howley turned in a 16 kill, 14 dig performance, while Melissa Morello recorded an 11 kill, 21 dig double-double. Morello leads the CAA with 12 double-doubles on the season. Setter Kallie McKown had 33 assists in the match.
Charleston will take the court again on Sunday afternoon when Delaware comes to TD Arena for a 1 p.m. matinee.