BOONE, N.C. -Sloane White tied a season high with 18 kills and the Cougars recorded 17 blocks in a 3-1 (25-18, 25-14, 23-25, 25-19) win over Appalachian State in road SoCon action on Friday night.
The Cougars (17-6, 8-1) lost just their fourth set in all of SoCon play this season, but were able to hold off the Mountaineers (5-18, 1-8) in the fourth game after ASU eked out a third set win.
White performed admirably for CofC, registering her season best totals in blocks (7), hitting percentage (.471) and kills (18). Kerstin Koehler set a new career high with 10 blocks, pacing a Cougar defense that put up a season-best 17 rejections.
College of Charleston hit .275 as a team and held Appalachian State to .098. The SoCon's leader in blocks heading into the night, ASU only managed four blocks against CofC's 17.
"This has always been a tough place to play for us, and I'm happy we came away with a win," head coach Jason Kepner said. "We still need to get better at finishing sets and matches, but I'm proud of our team for getting a conference win on the road."
Lindsey Sauls and Dalton Tolliver were the offensive leaders for the Mountaineers with 15 and 14 kills, respectively.
The Cougars got off to a slow start in the first set, trading swings and points with the Mountaineers before the CofC defense took charge. CofC broke open a 12-12 deadlock with a 5-0 run punctuated by a kill from Morello, making the margin 17-12. With the Cougars leading 23-18, Dorton powered through a kill and Davis ended the first on a service ace, 25-18. CofC finished with eight blocks in the first set with Koehler having a hand in six rejections.
CofC came out with a crisp and focused approach in the second set, immediately going up 6-2 after three consecutive blocks. The Apps pulled as close as 14-9 after a Tolliver kill, but the Cougars reeled off six points in a row to put the set out of reach at 20-9. A dump from Davis fell in for the kill at the end to give the Cougars a 25-14 victory. The CofC defense held the Mountaineers to .027 hitting and the Cougars sided out at a clip of 81 percent in the set.
Appalachian State refused to go quietly in the third set, trading points with CofC throughout most of the set and tying the score at 17 after a Jacqui Spurgeon kill. The Cougars seemed to take control with a 4-1 run, but Appalachian rallied to take a 24-21 lead and force set point. A kill from White and a block from Koehler brought the Cougars to 24-23 but an Appalachian State kill from Lindsey Sauls gave ASU a 25-23 set three victory.
The Mountaineers battled into a 16-16 tie in the fourth set after a Cougar attack error. However, the Cougars were able finish off the set with a 4-0 run with kills from Koehler and Dorton and two blocks from White and Koehler.
College of Charleston will finish off the road trip with a 1 p.m. match at Western Carolina on Sunday afternoon.