The College of Charleston volleyball team closed out their home season at TD Arena in phenomenal fashion this past weekend, winning two matches against UNC Wilmington and Elon.
The team’s seven seniors were honored prior to the Friday night game against Wilmington on the court at TD Arena for their senior night.
The Cougars were able to sweep the Seahawks in three sets, 26-24, 25-17, 25-20 thanks to their defensive skills, which puts them as one of the best defensive teams in the country.
The Charleston seniors played phenomenally on a night recognizing their achievements. Libero Andi Zbojniewicz tallied 19 digs, while fellow senior setter Kallie McKown attained her 20th double-double on the season, placing her at the top of the CAA rankings. Sloane White had double digits in both kills (11) and digs (13), while her compatriot Catey Warren tied her career high of six blocks.
Senior Cara Howley starred on offense, racking up nine kills and hitting a stellar .461 for the match against the Seahawks. Junior Melissa Morello led the team in kills with 12.
The first set proved to be tough, as the Cougars fell behind due to some errors, but the defense stepped up to bring the match back to a tie and finally some offensive momentum kicked into gear, with some kills from Howley to push the Cougars to the first set win.
The Cougars easily won the second set, but the home team quickly fell to a 10-3 deficit in the third set. After some regrouping and explosive offense, the Cougars won 14 of the next 23 points and tied the match at 17. McKown and Morello kicked it into gear and closed out the match with a 25-20 third set win.
Saturday night’s date with Elon was the final home match of the regular season for Charleston.
Yet again, the seniors of the team proved their dominance and led the way throughout the night. Howley led the team with 10 kills and hit .421 on the night, while White added nine kills. McKown had yet another double-double game, putting her season total at 21 and keeping her atop the CAA leaderboard.
The CAA Defensive Player of the Week, Zbojniewicz, displayed why she earned such honors with her match-high 18 digs on the evening.
The Cougar defense dominated yet again, holding the Phoenix to just a .016 overall team hitting percentage and not allowing any Elon player to attain more than six kills.
The Cougars handedly won the match in three easy sets. While the first set was off to a slow start, the offense came storming back to dominate the following points until the Cougars won 25-18. After winning the second set 25-20, the Cougars managed to pull away from another early close math to win the third and final set 25-21.
These two wins helped the Cougars attain sole possession of first place in the CAA volleyball standings, after being tied with the Hofstra Pride.
The Cougars travel to Boston this Wednesday to take on Northeastern before heading to Long Island to play Hofstra on Friday, Nov. 14 for the regular season finale- a match that could potentially decide the conference champion.