The Cougars are coming off an ecstatic weekend that saw a 3-0 sweep of defending SoCon Tournament champion Samford. The Cougars also swept Chattanooga on Saturday to improve to 7-1 in the SoCon. The Cougars have earned seven sweeps against SoCon opponents with the only tarnish on the record coming against Furman two weeks ago.
Against Samford, College of Charleston held a big edge in hitting percentage, racking up 41 kills with just 12 errors for a .309 mark while holding Samford to just .046. The Cougars outdug the Bulldogs 51-38, and held all Samford players to single digits in kills.
Darcy Dorton and Melissa Morello shared the offensive spotlight for CofC as the two racked up 12 and 11 kills, respectively, while combining for 19 digs and four blocks. Kerstin Koehler hit a sparkling .429 with seven kills while Sloane White made six kills and Emily Neideffer and had five to go with three blocks.
Live stats will be available at CofCSports.com and the Charleston Sports Network will broadcast the match live on CofCSports.com.
This will only be the fourth meeting between the Cougars and South Carolina State. CofC is 3-0 all-time against the Bulldogs with the last meeting coming in 2000, a 3-0 sweep for the Cougars.
This season, College of Charleston is 5-1 against teams from the state of South Carolina.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Hailing from the MEAC Conference, S.C. State is 6-10 overall with a win against mutual opponent Coastal Carolina, and a loss to UNCG.
The Bulldogs average 10.8 kills/set with an attack percentage of .170. S.C. State's Desire Waller is the team's workhorse, averaging 4.59 kills per set on 571 attempts. Alyse Lewis is the team leader in blocks with 1.07 per set, while Elizabeth Webb averages 3.87 digs per set.