Cougars prove it’s called the CofC Classic for a reason

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College of Charleston Women’s Volleyball spent the weekend smashing kills and taking names at the Hampton Inn Charleston/West Ashley CofC Classic. The tournament kicked off Friday night at TD Arena with local rival Charleston Southern facing Eastern Michigan.

The College of Charleston made easy work of the field at the CofC Classic. (Photo by Michael Wiser)
The College of Charleston made easy work of the court at the CofC Classic. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

COFC V VCU

The College started off their first match easily winning the first set against Virginia Commonwealth University. The second set got heated as VCU’s hard hitters started landing their kills and took their only win of the match 25-27.

Tied 1-1, the Cougars turned up the heat and worked to stifle VCU’s momentum. VCU took the lead 12-13 with a huge block which was answered two points later with another pivotal block by sophomore Devon Rachel to put the Cougars up 16-14.

Rachel came through again with a kill and the home team went up 19-17. Defensive specialist Megan Morris served up an ace to propel the Cougars up 22-18; they then took the set 25-21.

Charleston took the lead early in the fourth set as Rachel once again showed off her killing propensity and helped garner the 10-3 lead as the game progressed.

The set tied at 20-20 after a series of well-executed blocks on behalf of VCU. The set ended with a downright dirty dig by libero McKala Rhodes who showed off her defensive skill often throughout the tournament.

The set ended as a 26-24 win and an overall 3-1 victory against VCU.

Rachel finished the match with 15 kills and 12 digs and was spurred on by freshman outside hitter, Lauren Freed. Freed smashed in 20 kills and made 11 digs—a career high.

Sophomore Kennedy Madison also rang in 10 kills, proving the Cougars have the depth of team needed for greatness.

COFC V CSU

Saturday morning at TD Arena proved battle of the locals as College of Charleston took on intracity rival, Charleston Southern Buccaneers. The first set was close, defined by Kennedy Madison’ and Lauren Freed’s kill frenzy.

Three kills in a row by Madison tied up the set 20-20. At 21-22, CSU answered a call in the Cougars’ favor with a huge smash for the 22-24 lead.

A missed block gave the Buccaneers the set. The College really put on their murder faces after dropping  the first set, and took the second two 25-17 and 25-13. The Buccaneers proved no match for the Cougars even though the fourth set was much closer. The College secured the 3-1 victory with 25-22 win in the fourth set.

Freed and Madison matched with 18 kills each while Freed took another season-high 20 digs. Outside hitter freshman Maddie LeGrande had 13 kills with two blocks.

COFC V EMU

In the final match of the tournament, the College managed to continue the tradition of holding opponents to one game as they defeated Eastern Michigan 25-11, 22-25, 25-17, 25-15.

Freed, with 16 kills and Madison with 11 were led by middle blocker, senior Maddie Hills with 16 kills out of 32 attempts. This was the highest hitting percentage for the team at .438.

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