The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Mercer as CofC won the four flight and the five flight in the first round of matches.
On court 1, freshman Sloane White and sophomore Kallie McKown battled Mercer's Zoe Becton and Madison Pectos. The Cougars won 21-17 in the first game, and jumped out to a lead in the second game thanks to the serving game of McKown. McKown finished with 11 service aces in the two games, including eight in the second game. White tallied 14 kills in the two games.
In the other pairing, freshman Catey Warren and Taeler Davis competed as the Cougar five players. The duo battled Mercer's Charlaym Braxton and Lizzie Knapper to a tie at 21 in the first game. CofC won the next two points to win a dramatic victory in game one, 23-21. The second game was just as close as the Cougars pulled out a 21-19 victory. Davis notched 17 kills and seven digs in the match.
In the second round of matches, the Cougar one, two and three pairings all won their matches to earn the clean sweep of the Bears.
Freshman Lizzie Theesfeld and senior Elyse Chubb, playing as the top pairing, played Mercer's Jamie Duffy and Cassie Roy for a tough 21-19, 21-18 sweep. Theesfeld, a player used to playing the net and the back in indoor volleyball, made 20 digs and 15 kills in the two-game match. Chubb notched 11 kills and one ace.
In the number two flight, junior Kelly Kolich and Emily Shelton took a 21-12, 21-4 victory over Mercer's Jenn Katona and Monica Sanchez. Kolich made 13 kills and four aces and Shelton tallied six digs for CofC. Mercer made a combined seven attack errors in the match.
In the third flight, freshman Andi Zbojniewicz and sophomore Kerstin Koehler defeated Mercer's Caroline Carlton and Emily Rochefort, 21-17 and 21-14. Despite several attacking errors on both teams, Koehler led the teams with 11 total kills, while Zbojniewicz had 10 digs.
The Cougars will take on Pepperdine tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Creekside Tennis and Swim Facility in the second day of the Sand Classic.