The College of Charleston Volleyball Team got off to a hot start, going 2-1 in the Hampton Inn and Suites Classic.
In their first match, the Cougars beat the USC Upstate Spartans 3-0. The team truly dominated their opponents, winning 25-9, 25-20 and 25-12. Charleston’s second match lasted a quick four sets, taking care of Tennessee State 3-1. After losing the first set 23-25, the Cougars came back to win the next three: 25-15, 25-18, 25-12. Behind Lauren Freed’s strong performance, the Cougars were able to beat Tennessee State. She finished the match with 21 kills and 17 digs.
However, Charleston’s luck would soon run out when they faced off against Denver.
After taking the first set of the match, the Cougars failed to win another one. They lost 3-1. A disappointing end to the tournament, but the Cougars still played at a high level and showed their potential.
Players such as Freed, Devon Rachel and Krissy Mummey were definite standouts for head coach Jason Kepner and will be players to watch as the season plays out. Freed finished the tournament with 48 kills and six blocks and teammate Rachel finished with 23 kills. Mummey played consistent throughout the tournament. She reached double-digits in kills in games against both Tennessee State and Denver. Additionally, Mummey broke a career record in blocks with nine against Denver.
The great play from the Cougars did not go unnoticed, as Mummey and Freed were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Charleston’s next matchup is Tuesday against crosstown-rival Charleston Southern at 7:00 pm in TD Arena.