Bulldog Spikers Fall to Terriers
Spartanburg, S.C. – Ise d'Angelo drove home a team-high 10 kills, while teammate Rachael Farrell added six, but it was Wofford that emerged with a 25-16, 25-14, 25-17 victory on senior night at Benjamin Johnson Arena.
The combination of d'Angelo and Farrell were the bright spots for a Citadel offense that mustered 28 kills. Erin Bucherl continued to be the leader defensively for the Dogs, tallying 11 digs, while Farrell added eight. The Citadel also got 16 assists and six digs from freshman setter Mikaela Tracy, however slipped to 6-26 overall and 0-14 in Southern Conference action this season.
Wofford's well-balanced lineup was highlighted by the performance of Amanda Liguori, who totaled 15 kills. Teammate Rachel Woodlee added eight kills and the Terriers (15-12, 5-9 SoCon) got seven each from Wendy Burnett and Arden Anderson. On the defensive end, the back row the combination of Reagan Styles and Bekah Dorsey notched 17 and 12 digs, respectively. Wofford also got a defensive lift with four assisted blocks by Anderson and three by Burnett, to close with 14 as a unit.
The Dogs assumed an early 4-1 lead behind kills by Farrell and Jessica Maxwell, but were unable to maintain the advantage as the score reached 11-11, following a series of strikes by Liguori. Wofford rattled off six unanswered points and moved in front 17-11, before a d'Angelo kill ended the Cadets scoring drought. The Citadel managed just one kill in their final five points as the Terriers completed the 25-16 victory.
Wofford's offense stayed in rhythm as five kills in the first 10 points, including two by Liguori, made for a 10-6 second set lead. Two kills and a service by d'Angelo over a four-point stretch kept the Bulldogs close, 12-9. But, it was Wofford's four kills in five points, during a critical stretch, which allowed the Terriers to grab a 17-11 advantage. Wofford allowed just three Citadel points over the remainder of the set en route to a 25-14 win.
Sensing the opportunity to complete the sweep, Wofford opened with an 8-2 run in the third set, highlighted by two kills each by Woodlee and Anderson. Farrell responded with three kills for The Citadel and combined with three unforced errors the Wofford lead was trimmed to one, 11-10. The host Terriers regrouped and pieced together a 6-3 run, highlighted by two kills from Anderson, upping its lead to 17-13. However, it was five kills among the final six points that proved to be the difference for Wofford in the 25-17 victory.
The Citadel heads into its final week of play where they will travel to cross-town rival College of Charleston on Nov. 6, before returning for senior night festivities on Nov. 10 when the Dogs host Elon. For more information on Bulldog volleyball visit the official source of Citadel athletics at www.citadelsports.com.