Bulldogs Complete Season Sweep of Savannah State
Savannah, Ga. – Senior Rachael Farrell finished with 10 kills and added seven digs to lead The Citadel volleyball team past Savannah State by scores of 25-14, 25-10 and 25-16 on Wednesday night.
Following Farrell and her 10 kills was Jessica Maxwell (eight kills), Ise d'Angelo (seven kills) and Bailey Kernodle (seven kills). The Bulldogs (6-24) converted 42 kills in 99 total attempts to post a .323 hitting percentage. Erin Bucherl paced The Citadel with 13 digs, while Hurt and Maxwell chipped in three assisted blocks, respectively. The Dogs offense was led by the tandem of Rachel Keefer (18 assists) and Mikaela Tracy (17 assists).
Savannah State, who suffered their second defeat to The Citadel this season, was anchored offensively by Chikia Jones' seven kills. Teammate Bridgette Stephens posted 14 digs, while Jasmine White finished with three assisted blocks. The Tigers fell to 0-30 on the season.
The Bulldogs fell behind 2-1 early in the opening set before a series of kills by Farrell and Hurt sparked an 11-point run that opened up a 13-2 advantage. The Citadel offense was clicking on all cylinders as kills by Farrell, Tracy, Hurt and d'Angelo maintained the double-digit margin, 18-7. It was there that d'Angelo used her service game, which included a pair of aces, to push the lead to 21-7. Farrell drove home three kills down the stretch to stave off a late SVSU run as the Cadets completed the 25-14 victory.
Four straight points with Emily Dalton in serve provided The Citadel with an early 4-1 lead in the second set. The margin grew to 14-3, as three kills from Farrell and contributions by Hurt and Kernodle highlighted the Cadet offense. Savannah State retaliated by scoring four consecutive points, however three kills by d'Angelo made for the 20-9 margin. Strikes by Maxwell and Kernodle teamed with three unforced errors proved decisive in the Dogs 25-10 win.
Sensing the opportunity to complete their fourth sweep of the season, The Citadel converted two kills by d'Angelo and one each from Maxwell and Kernodle, to establish an early 10-5 advantage. Two strikes by Maxwell and one off the hand of Mallory Moore stretched the Bulldog lead to 16-9. The difference remained seven points until a Maxwell kill and three subsequent points with Carson Gosnell in serve made for a 24-14 score. Three points later, the Dogs completed the 25-16 sweep with a kill by Cassie Uribe.
The Citadel will now prepare for a series of weekend matches with Upstate rivals Furman (Nov. 2) and Wofford (Nov. 3), before returning to Charleston to play at cross-town rival CofC on Nov. 6. For more information on Bulldog volleyball visit the official source of Citadel athletics at www.citadelsports.com.