The Cougars will be fighting to stay alive in the chase for the SoCon South Division title as CofC needs a home win and a loss by Georgia Southern against either Furman (Friday) or Wofford (Saturday).
The Cougars have won four matches in a row and have reached the fifth 20-win season in Coach Kepner's six years at the helm.
College of Charleston is coming off a 3-0 sweep of The Citadel on Tuesday night. CofC held the Bulldogs to a negative hitting percentage of -.026 and tallied 10 blocks and 55 digs. It marked the second time this season that the Cougars held an opponent under .000 hitting percentage.
Saturday marks the final home match for two CofC seniors in Emily Shelton and Kelly Kolich. In their combined five years in the College of Charleston program, the Cougars are 121-43 overall and 71-10 in SoCon play, with only three SoCon losses at home. They have helped lead the Cougars to three SoCon regular season titles and one SoCon tournament title and NCAA appearance.
Shelton finishes her career as just the second player in CofC history to make over 2,000 digs, while Kolich has averaged 1.75 kills per set and 1.35 digs per set over her career.
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College of Charleston owns a 24-3 advantage over the Spartans all-time. The Cougars swept UNCG in the season finale last season at Fleming Gym. The last time that UNCG beat the Cougars was in 2008 on Oct. 12, a five-setter on the road.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
The Spartans have been up and down this season as the second-best team in the North Division. UNCG is 2-3 against the stronger South Division this season with wins over Wofford and The Citadel. The Spartans fell to Elon on Thursday night, 3-1.
UNCG is led by Karrian Chambers and her 3.58 kills per set, hitting .220 and averaging 2.53 digs per set.
GUNNING FOR THE TOP SPOT
College of Charleston will need some help from its SoCon brethren in order to secure a SoCon South Division regular season title, the potential 12th consecutive regular season or tournament title for CofC volleyball.
If the Cougars defeat UNCG this week, then Georgia Southern will need to drop a match to either Furman or Wofford this weekend. That would put the Eagles and Cougars in a tie for first place with the tiebreaker going to College of Charleston on the fourth league tiebreaker (percentage of sets won in head-to-head competition).
If the season ended today, the Cougars would be the two seed in the south, playing UNCG in the north.
COUGARS LEAD SOCON IN NCAA RPI
College of Charleston jumped 15 spots in the latest NCAA RPI after two big road wins, leading the SoCon with an RPI of 71. Georgia Southern comes in behind the Cougars at 87, while Furman dropped to 101.
Several CofC opponents in the RPI Top 50 including Kansas (10), N.C. State (44), Michigan State (41) and Arizona State (39).
Past CofC RPI Finishes (Rank In SoCon)
2011 - 66 (3)
2010 - 65 (1)
2009 - 82 (2)
2008 - 72 (2)
HIGHLY RANKED COUGARS
College of Charleston kill leader Darcy Dorton ranks 32nd in the country in kills per set with 4.24, the second-best average in the Southern Conference. Senior Emily Shelton is currently fifth in the SoCon with 5.21 digs per set, ranking 40th nationally. In conference-only statistics, Kerstin Koehler is second with an attack percentage of .351.
As a team, the Cougars rank 44th in kills (14.02) and 58th in digs (16.75) in the country.
SHELTON GETS 2,000TH DIG
Senior Emily Shelton became just the 2nd player in CofC history to reach 2,000 digs for her career with 16 digs at Wofford on Nov. 2. Her 2,039 career digs is currently 2nd among active back row players in the Southern Conference, trailing only Chattanooga's Paula Passmore who has 2,308 career digs.
Shelton has averaged 4.15 digs per set over her career which also ranks second in school history.
DARCY DORTON LOOKING TO INK THE RECORD BOOKS
Penn State transfer Darcy Dorton has not only become a team leader, but she's also making her mark on the CofC record books. Dorton has posted 24 double-digit kill performances and has reached 20 kills on six occasions. She has also posted 13 double-doubles as she has averaged 2.77 digs per set.
Dorton is currently second in the Southern Conference with an average of 4.24 kills per set. Dorton ranks fourth in the all-time CofC records for average kills despite playing in the 25-point era.
CofC All-Time Kills Per Game In One Season
1. 5.04 - Suzanne Lowry (1992)
2. 4.66 - Alyson VanCleave (2000)
3. 4.25 - Suzanna Lowry (1991)
4. 4.24 - Darcy Dorton (2012)
DON'T MESS WITH THESE FOUR
A distinct leadership group emerged in the SoCon this season with College of Charleston, Georgia Southern, Furman and Samford breaking away from the rest of the pack. Those four boast an impressive 47-10 in conference play.
Furman's two losses to Elon and Wofford without star player Natalie Braun mark the only two losses among the top four that didn't come from one of the other three.
One of these four teams have one every SoCon tournament title dating back to 2000 when Davidson won the championship.