After a tough loss to Hofstra in five sets on Friday evening, the College of Charleston volleyball team shook off a rough first set to defeat Northeastern, 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-21, 26-24), on Saturday night at TD Arena. It was the first meeting between the two teams since Charleston beat Northeastern in the 2013 CAA Championship last November.
The Cougars (13-8, 5-1 CAA) came out of the gate with a flurry, taking a 12-5 lead early in the first set. Their lead would not last, however, as Northeastern battled back to tie the game at 18, and again at 20, before taking five of the next seven points to secure the first set win.
Needing to take the second set to gain some momentum, Charleston responded with a dominant performance. They extended their lead to as many as 10 in the set en route to a 25-17 victory.
The Huskies responded in the third set, jumping out to an early 6-1 lead courtesy of four Charleston attack errors. The Cougars would keep the game close before tying the set at 15. Charleston took the lead with a 6-1 run of their own, eventually taking the set 25-21.
The fourth set proved to be the tightest of the evening. After Charleston tied the score at six with a Grace Rebarchak kill, the Cougars used a series of blocks to capture a 20-13 lead.
Northeastern clawed their way back into the set, tying the score at 24 after Charleston failed to capitalize on a few match points. The Cougars’ star and preseason All-CAA selection, Sloane White, would close the door on the Huskies with back-to-back kills to win the match.
White led the Cougars with 13 kills on the night, while Cara Howley added 12. Rebarchak turned in a career-high 11 kills. Kallie McKown added her CAA-leading 15th double-double of the season with 22 assists and 10 digs.
Charleston will next travel to Wilmington on Wednesday for a matchup against the Seahawks at 7 p.m.