With the win, College of Charleston improves to 2-0 on the season and will face N.C. State in the title match of the tournament tonight at 7 p.m. Jacksonville falls to 0-2 with the loss.
Cougar hitters Darcy Dorton and Sloane White once again led the way in the kill department with Dorton registering 16 and White making 15 kills. Sophomore Lizzie Theesfeld came off the bench to make 14 kills.
Emily Shelton made 27 digs and Dorton tallied 13 digs for her second double-double in as many matches. The Cougars were able to best the Dolphins despite being outhit (.222-.212) and only registering three blocks to Jacksonville's 12 blocks. College of Charleston recorded five service aces in the match, with several coming in late-game situations.
The Cougars continued to use their depth as every player on the roster played and recorded a statistic.
The Dolphins used an all-around performance from Sammie Strausbaugh to push the match to five sets, as she landed a match-high 23 kills with 25 digs and two service aces. Alison Loeppky added 13 kills for JU.
The Cougars trailed for nearly the entire first set before tying the game at 24 and extending it into extra points. A Jacksonville attack error from Alyssa Robertson gave CofC a 29-28 lead and Dorton finished the set with a kill to give CofC a 30-28 win.
Jacksonville never trailed in the second set, hitting .406 as a team with nine Strausbaugh kills en route to a 25-16 victory. The Cougars responded in the third set by building an 18-11 lead and eventually winning 25-18 on a service ace from Kallie McKown.
The Dolphins fought hard in the fourth set, trading points with CofC all the way to a 21-21 tie before going on a run at the end to win 25-22. However, the Cougars were able to capitalize on late receiving errors by Jacksonville in the final set to win the fifth, 15-10, and the match 3-2.