The College of Charleston’s Volleyball team faced tremendous pressure on Thursday night as they squared off against rival JMU Dukes, the current top-ranked team in the CAA. In addition, it was “pep supper” night, so the stands were filled with sorority sisters and fraternity brothers there to support their hometown team.
During the first game, the Cougars were off to a good start. Halfway through, the Cougars led 15-10.
JMU answered shortly after by equalizing the score 16-15. Through some clever plays by the Cougs and a few technicalities, the girls ended the first game in Charleston’s favor 25-20.
The College trailed at the beginning of the second game 2-4, but with a six-point hot streak, the Cougars were rolling at 8-4. As the final buzzer approached, the Cougars’ offense fell stagnant. JMU had an effective defensive strategy, blocking many of the home team’s kills and recognizing their weak spots.
The Dukes tied it up 22-22.
From there, it was point by point until JMU came out victorious leaving Charleston to fall 27-29.
The third game mimicked the end of the second. It was point by point, neck and neck on both sides. The Cougars aggressive offensive was matched with an effective defensive tactic of the dukes.
Therefore the Cougars’ kills seemed ineffective due to consecutive blocks. The third game ended in JMU’s favor again, with a final score of 25-22. The last point was unexciting, as the Cougars hit a serve out of bounds.
The fourth game was just as close. The Cougars ended up falling to the Dukes 21-25, ending the the match 1-3 and giving the match to the Dukes.
Charleston’s current record is now 7-4 in CAA play, placing them at third place in the conference, behind James Madison University and Hofstra.
Devon Rachel, #11, had a strong offensive appearance as she gave out 19 kills — the highest out of any player that night. Lauren Freed, #19, had the second highest kill count for the Cougars at 12. Allison Beckman had the most assists in the game, 48 to be exact.
The Cougars had a total of 7 blocks during the game.
The College’s Volleyball squad will be at TD arena this weekend to take on their final two home games. Saturday, October 27th at 7:00 pm they’ll take on Townsend and Sunday, October 28th at 1:00 pm they’ll face Delaware.