CHARLESTON, S.C. –College of Charleston finished the 2012 regular season with a sweep of the UNCG Spartans, 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-21) on Senior Night at TD Arena.
The win marked the 11th sweep for College of Charleston (23-7, 14-2) as the Cougars locked up the two seed in the SoCon South Division.
Seniors Emily Shelton and Kelly Kolich were honored before the match for their combined five years of play in the CofC program. The two finish 72-10 against SoCon opponents with only three home losses since Shelton’s first year in 2008.
Shelton finished the match with a team-high 18 digs and three assists, while Kolich made seven kills and five digs with one solo block in the three sets.
Setter Taeler Davis recorded a double-double with 40 assists, her season-high for a three-setter, and 11 digs. Emily Neideffer recorded eight kills and Kerstin Koehler made five kills and three blocks.
UNCG had a standout performance from Karrian Chambers who recorded 17 kills and 13 digs for a .317 hitting percentage. However, that was the bright spot for the Spartans as the visitors only managed a .175 attack percentage and 34 total kills.
CofC used a 4-0 run midway through the first set to open a 15-11 lead, but UNCG came back to tie the set at 20. Kills by Dorton and Kolich and a Spartan error put CofC up 23-20 and a service ace from Shelton gave CofC the first set victory, 25-22.
The second set was seemingly as close as the first one, however the Cougars never allowed UNCG to tie the score at any point. CofC extended a 15-14 lead to 21-15 after kills from Dorton, Neideffer and White and the Spartans never recovered. Neideffer finished the set with a kill as CofC won 25-21.
CofC jumped out to a 19-13 in the third set, but the Spartans slowly pulled back, getting to within 22-19 and eventually 23-21. However, a kill from White and a Spartan setting error quickly deflated the visitor’s momentum and the Cougars celebrated victory with a 25-21 match-clinching third set win.
The Cougars will not play for another week in preparation for the Southern Conference Tournament at Davidson, N.C. The opening round will be on Saturday, Nov. 17 and CofC will take on the third seed from the North Division.