Bulldogs Fall Short to Cougars
Charleston, S.C. – Senior Jessica Maxwell finished with eight kills and teammate Lauren Hurt added seven, but it was a well-balanced College of Charleston lineup that emerged with a 25-14, 25-14, 25-18 win over The Citadel in SoCon action on Tuesday evening.
Maxwell converted eight kills in 13 total attacks to finish with a .615 attack percentage. She also made her presence felt for the Bulldogs defensively with two solo blocks. Meanwhile, Hurt had seven kills (.278 attack percentage) and assisted on four front row blocks. Teammate Emily Dalton added eight digs, while Mikaela Tracy was active on both the back row (seven digs) and offensively (20 assists). The Bulldogs fell to 2-14 on the season and 0-2 in Southern Conference action.
Crosstown rival College of Charleston had four players with eight or more kills, led by Melissa Morello and Kerstin Koehler who added nine apiece. Darcy Dorton and Sloane White chipped in eight each as the Cougars converted 47 kills in 103 total attacks (.301 attack percentage). CofC was also active defensively behind 16 kills from Emily Shelton and eight from Taeler Davis. The Cougars, behind four assisted blocks from Koehler, improved to 9-5 overall and 2-0 in conference.
The College of Charleston established an early 9-2 lead, following a kill by Farrell, and never looked back. The Citadel rallied behind a pair of kills by Ise d'Angelo and Maxwell along with a series of unforced errors with Erin Bucherl in serve, trimming the deficit to 10-6, but the Cougars quickly countered by scoring nine of the games next 14 points, keyed by three points with Dorton in serve. The Dogs took advantage of a Dalton service ace and a Farrell kill down the stretch, but it was not enough as CofC closed with a 25-14 victory.
The two teams battled throughout the early stages of the second set with The Citadel taking advantage of a series of kills by Hurt, d'Angelo, Rachael Farrell and Maxwell to make for a 9-6 Cougars lead. CofC managed a 6-1 run, highlighted by three kills from Dorton, making for a 15-7 advantage. Bulldog attack accounted for six of the final 10 College of Charleston points and while Maxwell drove home a pair of kills, the Cougars prevailed 25-14.
The Citadel regained focus during the intermission and battled back from an early three-point deficit to gain an 8-6 lead on a Hurt kill. CofC fought back, behind an 8-2 run, to move in front on a pair of kills by Koehler. The Cadets remained within three, 16-13, before a 6-3 run that included two kills by Lizzie Theesfeld proved to be insurmountable. Theesfield then teamed with Kelly Kolich to complete the 25-18 Cougars victory.
The Bulldogs return to the road this weekend for a pair of matches at Georgia Southern (Friday, Sept. 28) and Davidson (Sept. 29). For more information on Bulldog Volleyball, go to the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.CitadelSports.com.