The College of Charleston volleyball team had an impressive season, finishing 17-12 earning a second seed in the 2016 Colonial Athletic Association Championship. Unfortunately for the Cougars, however, they suffered an early round exit to sixth seeded Delaware in the semifinals.
The match between the Cougars and the Delaware Hens was a battle from the beginning going a complete five sets. In total there were 40 ties along with 19 lead changes-neither team could take control of the match with no game exceeding four points.
In a hard fought defeat the Cougars had a few notable standouts. Sophomore Allison Beckman had a monster game posting 49 assists along with eight kills and five blocks.
Other sophomore Devon Rachel and freshman Lauren Freed also played well. Rachel contributed with 15 kills and 12 digs – her 15th double-double of the season. Freed had a double-double of her own with 14 kills and 13 digs.
Lone senior Maddie Hills will surely be missed, however, she did finish the match with five kills and three blocks.
Although the loss was disappointing for the Cougars there lies hope for 2017. Charleston is expected to return 13 letter winners from this year’s team including rising seniors Krissy Mummey, Riana Brennnan and Jane Feddersen.
Another strong season for head coach Jason Kepner along with a great supporting cast should make for an exciting upcoming season.