Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel's front row duo of Rachael Farrell and Ise d'Angelo combined for 14 kills, but it was five College of Charleston players with four or more kills that proved to be the difference as the Cougars completed a 25-14, 25-18 and 25-21 sweep of the Bulldogs at TD Bank Arena.
The tandem of Farrell and d'Angelo, had seven kills, respectively, to highlight a Citadel unit that totaled 25 team kills. The Bulldogs also collected four kills each from the front row of Bailey Kernodle and Jessica Maxwell. The Citadel's Erin Bucherl continued her solid defensive play, totaling a team-high 13 kills. She was joined by Farrell who had nine digs. Setter Rachael Keefer posted a team-best 19 assist as the Cadets fell to 6-27 overall and 0-15 in Southern Conference action.
College of Charleston's lineup was sparked by the play of Darcy Dorton (nine kills), Kerstin Koehler (seven kills) and Emily Neideffer (five kills). Those three, along with eight others who collected one kill in the match, guided CofC to 40 kills and a .205 attack percentage. On the back row, Emily Shelton (18 digs) and Taeler Davis (10 digs) provided a 55-39 edge in digs in favor of the Cougars. College of Charleston improves to 22-7 overall and 13-2 in conference play.
The Cougars took command with a four-point lead in the first set, keyed by a pair of Dorton kills, but following consecutive unforced errors and a d'Angelo kill te Dogs were quickly within one of the host Cougars, 7-6. CofC responded with a 6-2 run, behind a series of kills from Koehler en route to the 13-9 score. The Citadel continued to apply pressure with strikes by Maxwell and unforced Cougar errors, making for a 14-12 margin. But, it was Melissa Morello's kill, and subsequent service game, that proved decisive as CofC rattled off seven unanswered points en route to a 21-13 lead. Despite kills by Farrell and Kernodle down the stretch, the Cougars grabbed the opening frame 25-14.
The second set opened with the Bulldogs and Cougars splitting the first eight points, knotting the game at 4-4. CofC eventually moved out in front by a pair, but kills by Farrell and d'Angelo, combined with unforced Cougar errors, kept the Cadets within five, 15-10. A late surge of points by Keefer, Farrell and Haley Corson drew The Citadel within two points of a tie, 18-16, but it was a series of kills by Sloane White and Dorton that clinched the 25-18 win for CofC.
The Citadel grabbed and early advantage in the third set, turning four Cougar errors into a 4-1 lead. CofC answered with three straight points, tying the game at four all, before The Citadel capitalized on kills by d'Angelo and Lauren Hurt to move out in front 10-7. The Cougars again responded, this time behind a 4-1 run, sending the game to an 11-11 tie. The CofC offense eventually gained control of the match, 16-11, behind kills off the hand of Lizzie Theesfeld. The Cougar lead slipped to under five points on only two separate occasions, throughout the remainder of the match, as they completed the sweep, 25-21.
The Citadel returns to action on Saturday when the Dogs host Southern Conference rival Elon at 7:30 p.m. at McAlister Field House. The Bulldogs will honor the 2012 graduating class of Rachael Farrell, Emily Dalton, Jessica Maxwell and Cassie Uribe as part of senior night festivities. For more information on Bulldog volleyball visit the official source of Citadel athletics at www.citadelsports.com.