Volleyball Falls in Hard-Fought Match to College of Charleston
Updated: Thursday 10/10/2015 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William & Mary volleyball team dropped a toughly-contested match to the College of Charleston Saturday night, 3-0, by a mere total of 12 points across the three sets.  The Tribe moves to 7-12 overall and 1-5 in the CAA, while the Cougars improved to 11-8 on the year and 3-2 in league play.

Box Score

Sophomore Sydney Biniak (Elkridge, Md.) continued her mid-season surge, scoring 10 kills against no errors to raise her average over the last three matches to 3.25 kills per set and a .360 attack percentage.  Senior Dessi Koleva (Torrance, Calif.) just missed out on another double-double, making nine kills andd 11 digs, and freshman Katie Kemp (Brentwood, Tenn.) kept the offense clicking in high gear, handing out 23 assists and two aces.

Also of note, freshman Heather Pippus (Lake Oswego, Ore.) and sophomore Paige Humphrey (Oak Hill, Va.) made three blocks each, with Humphrey adding three kills and Pippus five kills and eight digs.  Junior Gabrielle Pe (Virginia Beach, Va.) had 10 assists and five digs, and senior Carolyn Albright (Raleigh, N.C.) had two more blocks despite limited minutes.

W&M kept it close in every set with the perennial CAA powers Charleston, coming just one or two way-ward balls from possibly flipping the score around.  In the first, the Cougars got in front by as many five late, 23-18, before the Kemp capitalized on an error to take the serve and dish out both of her aces, cutting the deficit to just two at 23-21.  In the second set, the biggest lead for either team was just three points, and that was early.  On the other end of the set, the Tribe and the Cougars passed the lead back and forth, each side successfully defending a succession of five set points before the final horn sounded at 29-27.  In the third and final set, it was within one at 17-16 on a Biniak kill, before Charleston's greater experience and an extra day's rest finally took its toll.

William & Mary is back in action on Monday afternoon, for its third match of the Fall Break weekend.  The Tribe hosts Delaware at 2 p.m. in Kaplan Arena.

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