CHARLESTON, S.C. – Kelly Kolich notched 13 kills to lead the College of Charleston volleyball team to a 3-0 (28-26, 25-18, 26-24) win over Furman Saturday afternoon in Charleston.
The teams battled through a close beginning to the first set. With the score tied at 12-12, the Cougars went on a 6-2 run to build an 18-14 lead. The Paladins answered with a 6-1 lead of their own to take a 20-19 advantage, before the College of Charleston tied the match off a kill from Sarah Havel, then went ahead 22-20. Again Furman answered, scoring three-straight points to lead 23-22. The teams traded points back-and-forth, settling into a 26-26 tie, when the Cougars put together back-to-back kills to solidify a 28-26 set win.
Furman jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead in the second set, before College of Charleston scored on six-straight points to lead 7-5. The teams were tied at nine-all when the Cougars went on an 11-5 run, building a 20-14 advantage. The Paladins scored on three-straight points to cut into the Cougar lead, but College of Charleston returned with three-straight points to lead 23-17. Following a Cougar ball handling error, the College of Charleston again posted back-to-back points to end the set, 25-18, and take a 2-0 lead at the break.
The Paladins again raced to an 11-7 lead early in the third set before the Cougars put up an 8-3 run to go ahead 15-14. Furman then scored on four-consecutive points to take an 18-15 advantage. The Paladins kept control of the match, building a 24-22 lead, but the College of Charleston took advantage of a kill from Kolich and three-consecutive Paladin attack errors to come from behind for the 26-24 victory.
"We did not handle today's opportunity very well," said Furman head coach Michelle Young following the match. "We could not get our offense going on the outside and weren't passing well enough to keep the middles going. We need a good week of practice this week to prepare for our final home stand against two tough division opponents."
Senior Kelly Kirby led the Paladins with nine kills and 16 assists, while junior Natalie Braun also added 16 assists coupled with 10 digs. Senior Carolyn Nicoletti paced Furman's defense with 21 digs, and junior Caroline Adams hit .438 with eight kills and six blocks.
Sloan White added 10 kills for the College of Charleston (20-9, 11-2 SoCon), and Kallie McKown posted a team-high 29 assists. Emily Shelton tallied 22 digs in the match-up.
Furman (18-8, 11-3 SoCon) will play host to Georgia Southern Friday at 6 p.m. Admission is free at the event.