Cougars sweep homestand, White honored for 1,000th kill, Zbojniewicz named DPOW

Sloane White recorded her 1,000th kill in Friday's win over James Madison. Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com.

Sloane White recorded her 1,000th kill in Friday’s win over James Madison.
Photo courtesy of CofCSports.com.

The College of Charleston volleyball team had a stellar weekend in front of their fans at TD Arena, sweeping their weekend homestand with wins over James Madison on Friday and William & Mary on Sunday.

The two wins bring the Cougars to a 17-9 overall record, 9-2  in the CAA.

In their Friday night showdown against JMU, Charleston had one of its best performances thus far in 2014. The Cougars picked up early momentum and quickly took down the Dukes in three sets (27-15, 25-11, 25-18).

The Cougar seniors put on a show, with Cara Howley and Melissa Morello registering kills in the double digits and Andi Zbojniewicz tallying 25 digs. Kallie McKown also hit her 16th double-double of the season, keeping her at the top of the conference leaderboard.

Freshman Mackenzie Cooler recorded 14 assists, showcasing why she was named CAA Rookie of the Week in two consecutive weeks.

The Cougars are now 5-0 all-time against the Dukes, who were picked second in the preseason CAA coaches’ poll.

On Sunday afternoon, the Cougars downed visiting William & Mary in four sets (25-14, 23-25, 25-18, 25-22).

Sophomore Maddie Hills hit a career-high 13 kills and tallied four blocks on the day, in addition to hitting an incredible .833 in the first set. Morello led the team with 15 kills, while her co-captain Zbojniewicz led defensively with 23 digs.

The Cougars rolled through the first set, demolishing the Tribe by a score of 25-14 and constantly holding a wide lead. The Tribe won a close second set, 25-23, after a lot of back and forth play. The Cougars came back with a vengeance and held a lead to win the third set, 25-18.

In the fourth set, with no team leading by more than two for some time, junior Grace Rebarchak gave Charleston a four-point lead at 11-7 with a huge kill. The game continued to go back and forth until a double block from Mummey and White on match point closed the victory for the Cougars.

Before the match on Sunday, White was honored for recording her 1,000th kill in Friday’s game against JMU. White, a preseason All-CAA first teamer, is third on the team in kills and first in hitting percentage in 2014.

Zbojniewicz was honored on Monday as the CAA’s Defensive Player of the Week after turning in 48 digs over the weekend. Zbojniewicz leads Charleston with 464 digs, which is good for top-20 in the nation.

The Cougars will travel up north this weekend for a match at Delaware on Friday and at Towson on Sunday, before returning to TD Arena on Nov. 7.

 

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