October 5, 2012

Hurt’s Solid Performance Falls Short Against Wofford

Charleston, S.C.— The Citadel's Lauren Hurt finished with 11 kills, four digs and three assisted blocks, however the trio of Wofford's Arden Anderson, Amanda Liguori and Rachel Woodlee that proved to be the difference in the Terriers 19-25, 25-12, 25-20 and 25-18 victory in Friday's Southern Conference volleyball action.

Hurt was the key cog in The Citadel lineup, converting 11 kills in 21 total attempts to finish with a .429 hitting percentage. She also made her mark defensively with two solo blocks and three assisted blocks, both team highs. Meanwhile, Jessica Maxwell added seven kills and the tandem of Rachael Farrell and Amanda Rudnik each chipped in five. Junior Erin Bucherl highlighted the back row for the Dogs with 11 digs, while Rudnik finished with five. The Cadets slipped to 2-17 overall and 0-5 in SoCon play following the loss.

Wofford's lineup was highlighted by the play of Anderson (15 kills), Liguori (13 kills) and Woodlee (12 kills), who combined for 62.5 percent of the team's total 64 kills. The Terriers (10-7, 1-4) hit .257 as a unit, allowing just 25 errors in 157 total attacks. On the defensive side, Reagan Styles capped off a solid match with 20 digs and teammate Kelsey Bagwell contributed 11 to give Wofford a 61-50 edge in digs. Wendy Burnett and Taylor Baird rounded out the well-balanced defensive attack for the Terriers by sharing a team-high four assisted blocks.

After four ties to open up the first set, the last coming at 9-9, The Citadel outscored visiting Wofford 15-8 over the remainder of the game to capture the victory. The Bulldogs took advantage of four kills by Maxwell and three off the hand of Farrell to control the opening set. Leading by four points on three occasions, the Dogs took advantage of an unforced Wofford error, with Dalton in serve to move in front 23-17. Allowing just two points over the remainder of the set, the Dogs completed the win, 25-19.

The Terriers took advantage of a pair of Baird kills to establish an early 8-2 lead in the early stages of the second set. With Styles in serve, Wofford pushed the advantage to 13-3 only to see the rally end with a kill by Hurt. The Citadel pulled within single digits on just two other occasions over the remainder of the set as three kills each by Anderson and Liguori completed the 25-12 Wofford victory.

The Citadel regrouped against their in-state rivals in the third set as the two squads reached an early 6-6 tie. Wofford gained the upper hand on a Bagwell service ace and scored the next four consecutive points to move in front 10-6. The Terriers extended their lead to double digits, 21-11, before the Dogs Rachel Keefer accounted for four straight points in serve to make for a 22-15 advantage. Two kills down the stretch by Anderson proved to be the difference as Wofford emerged 25-20.

In the fourth set the Terriers took advantage of three kills by Woodlee to establish an early 11-6 lead. However, The Citadel quickly grabbed that momentum behind a solid defensive stand and two kills by Hurt and in the process knotted the game at 17-17 on a kill by Maxwell. Wofford used a kill by Woodlee and subsequent kills by Baird and Liguori as part of a 4-0 run to move in front 21-17. The Terriers allowed just one Citadel point down the stretch as the team completed the four-game victory by a 25-18 final.

The Citadel returns to action on Saturday evening when the Dogs host Furman at 6 p.m. at McAlister Field House. For more information on Bulldog Volleyball, go to the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.CitadelSports.com.

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