CHARLESTON, S.C. -In the final road trip of the regular season, the College of Charleston volleyball team (19-7, 10-2) will travel to Wofford (14-11, 4-8) and Furman (20-7, 8-4) for a crucial set of matches in the SoCon South Division.
CofC will play the Terriers on Friday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Benjamin Johnson Arena. The Cougars will then travel up the road to Greenville, S.C. to face Furman on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Alley Gym.
The Cougars are coming off a disappointing weekend that saw CofC lose to Georgia Southern, 3-1, at home in a battle for the top spot in the conference. Charleston was able to bounce back and defeat Davidson, 3-1, on Saturday to hold tight to the number two seed in the South Division.
Emily Neideffer made 11 kills and two service aces, and Sloane White tallied seven kills. Setter Taeler Davis made 52 assists and 10 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Emily Shelton made 26 digs.
Live stats and video are available on woffordterriers.com and furmanpaladins.com, while @cofcvolleyball will provide live twitter coverage.
College of Charleston is 32-1 all-time against Wofford after sweeping the Terriers at TD Arena back on October 6. The Cougars’ only loss to the Terriers came back in 1989.
College of Charleston holds a 20-15 advantage over Furman in the all-time series, a back-and-forth rivalry in which neither team has swept the season series since 2007. Furman defeated the Cougars, 3-1, at TD Arena on October 7 to snap CofC’s 21-match home conference winning streak. Under head coach Jason Kepner, College of Charleston is 3-3 at Furman’s Alley Gym.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Wofford might be on the hottest teams in the conference at this point in the season. The Terriers upset rival Furman, 3-2, last weekend for Wofford’s first win over the powerhouse Paladins since 2005. Wofford then took a 2-0 lead over defending champion Samford before collapsing in the fifth set. Wendy Burnett ranks second in the conference in blocks (0.97) and seventh in hitting percentage (.296).
Furman has turned to Chandler Ambrester in recent weeks since losing top hitter Natalie Braun to injury. The Paladins lost to Elon and Wofford to fall out of contention for the SoCon South title. Ambrester has stepped up in Braun’s absence, tallying five straight double-doubles and 26 kills in the most recent match against Chattanooga. She now ranks second in the league in kills (4.23) behind Dorton.
HIGHLY RANKED COUGARS
College of Charleston kill leader Darcy Dorton ranks 33rd in the country in kills per set with 4.24, the best average in the Southern Conference. Senior Emily Shelton is currently third in the SoCon with 5.31 digs per set, ranking 30th nationally. In conference-only statistics, Kerstin Koehler ranks fourth in the SoCon with an attack percentage of .325.
As a team, the Cougars rank 42nd in kills (14.01) and 46th in digs (16.96) in the country.
EMILY SHELTON JUST 11 DIGS FROM 2,000
College of Charleston’s senior libero Emily Shelton will become just the second player in school history to reach 2,000 digs for her career. A month ago, her 48 kills helped her surpass CofC Volleyball Wall of Famers Stephanie Ballard and Claudia Fann. She currently sits second all-time with 1,989 career digs. This season, Shelton ranks third in the conference with 5.31 digs per set and 499 total digs.
1. 2,480 – Marie Dobrenz 2003-06
2. 1,989 – Emily Shelton 2008-P
3. 1,599 – Stephanie Ballard 1999-03
4. 1,590 – Claudia Fann 1991-94
Shelton was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17.
DARCY DORTON LOOKING TO INK THE RECORD BOOKS
Penn State transfer Darcy Dorton has not only become a team leader, but she’s also making her mark on the CofC record books. Dorton has posted 22 double-digit kill performances and has reached 20 kills on six occasions. She has also posted 12 double-doubles as she has averaged 2.80 digs per set.
Dorton currently leads the Southern Conference with an average of 4.24 kills per set. She is currently on pace for the most kills per set in SoCon history since the NCAA went from 30 points to 25 points for a set in 2008. Davidson’s Sarabeth Peele averaged 4.07 in 2009. Dorton ranks fourth in the all-time CofC records for average kills despite playing in the 25-point era.
CofC All-Time Kills Per Game In One Season
1. 5.04 – Suzanne Lowry (1992)
2. 4.66 – Alyson VanCleave (2000)
3. 4.25 – Suzanna Lowry (1991)
4. 4.24 – Darcy Dorton (2012)
5. 4.15 – Stephanie Ballard (2003)