CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston continues the non-conference season at home with the Courtyard Charleston North Classic featuring UNF, Memphis and the Slovenian Junior National team.
CofC (2-1) will play North Florida (0-3) at 7 p.m. on Friday night of the Classic, followed by a noon exhibition match on Saturday against the Slovenians and a 7 p.m. finale against Memphis (0-5).
The Cougars are coming off a 2-1 opening weekend that saw CofC win matches against Sacramento State (3-1) and Jacksonville (3-2) before falling to N.C. State (1-3).
Darcy Dorton had a big opening weekend for the Cougars, earning All-Tournament team honors after tallying 58 kills (4.46 per set) and 36 digs (2.77 per set) in three matches. Dorton was named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week.
Sloane White also played strong enough to earn All-Tournament honors as she landed 39 kills for a .337 hitting percentage.
Senior Emily Shelton led CofC defensively with 66 digs, averaging 5.08 per set.
FOLLOW LIVE The Charleston Sports Network will broadcast all CofC matches on CofCSports.com. Fans can purchase each match for $1.99 per event, $8.95 per month or $54.95 per year. Fans can watch each match with high resolution footage, multiple camera angles, professional graphics and in-depth commentary. Free live stats will also be available on CofCSports.com, while the official twitter account, @cofcvolleyball, will be posting updates.
SERIES RECORDS Memphis won the only meeting between CofC and the Tigers back in 2000, a 3-0 decision.
North Florida and College of Charleston have only met twice before, albeit recently. Last season, the Ospreys won a 3-2 match at CofC's TD Arena. The Cougars won the first-ever meeting in 2010.
This will be the first meeting between College of Charleston and the Slovenian Junior National team.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION Memphis comes into the weekend after losing 3-0 to Arkansas State on Tuesday night. The Tigers went 0-4 in the opening weekend, getting swept by Southern Illinois, UALR and Eastern Michigan. The Tigers are led by Altrese Hawkins with 4.18 kills per set and 2.53 digs per set. Lauren Hawkins leads the team with nine blocks.
North Florida returns to Charleston with an 0-3 record after falling to Missouri, Michigan and Nicholls State last weekend. The Ospreys hit just .182 and averaged just 11.7 digs per set in their first three matches. Paige Pridgeon has paced the squad with 52 kills and 22 digs.
The Slovenian Junior National Team will open its jaunt through the southeastern United States with the tournament in Charleston before traveling to play Florida, Florida State and Georgia Tech. The team finished seventh in the recent European Junior Championships. Iza Mlakar averaged 3.37 kills per set in the championships to lead the team.
DARCY DORTON NAMED SOCON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK College of Charleston junior Darcy Dorton was named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
Dorton led the Cougars to a 2-1 record in the opening weekend, pacing the squad in kills every match and finishing with 58 kills for the weekend. Her season high was 23 kills in the win over Sacramento State. Dorton also made 36 digs from the back row, which was second on the team as she tallied two double-doubles.
A native of Muncie, Ind., Dorton transferred to College of Charleston from Penn State where she was the Big 10 Freshman of the Year in 2009.
Dating back to last season, this marks the fifth week in a row that College of Charleston has won one of the SoCon Weekly Honors.
WHITE PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF After a phenomenal freshman season that saw her lead the team in kills (374) and win the Rayna Taylor SoCon Freshman of the Year award, sophomore Sloane White has picked right up where she left off.
White earned Hampton Inn & Suites Invitational All-Tournament team honors after finishing second on the team with 39 kills in three matches. She boasted an impressive attack percentage of .337, displaying her efficiency in attacking. White also recorded five total blocks in the three matches.
SHELTON GUNNING FOR 2KD College of Charleston's senior libero Emily Shelton will have a shot to be just the second player in school history to reach 2,000 digs for her career. She currently sits fourth with 1,556. Shelton led the team with 620 digs last season (4.66 per set). She currently has 66 digs for an average of 5.08 per set in 2012.
FRESH FACES, NEW DEPTH One of the strengths of the College of Charleston this season will be the depth of talent available to Coach Kepner. In the opening weekend, every available player saw time and recorded a statistic in a win over Jacksonville.
Junior Emily Neideffer tied her career high with eight kills against N.C. State, while sophomore Catey Warren made her first career start and finished with 14 kills and seven blocks in the first weekend.