The Cougars are coming off a 2-1 weekend that saw the squad finish second in the Holiday Inn Charleston/Mt. Pleasant Tournament, defeating Georgetown and Presbyterian before falling to Michigan State.
Darcy Dorton again led the Cougars with a 4.0 kill/set average and a 20-20 performance against Georgetown (20 kills, 22 digs). Sloane White paced the team with a .344 hitting percentage and 40 total kills while making five blocks.
Freshman Melissa Morello put together a breakthrough performance as she recorded double digits in kills each match, including a career-high 12 against Presbyterian and Michigan State. She and Taeler Davis, who set a new career high with 62 assists against Georgetown, were named to the All-Tournament team.
Emily Shelton recorded 73 digs over the weekend for an average of 5.62 digs/set. For her efforts, she was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week.
Fans can watch a live broadcast and live stats of Tuesday's match at CSUSports.com. They can also get live twitter updates from @cofcvolleyball.
College of Charleston owns a 22-5 overall record against CSU since the teams first met in 1993. Last season, the Cougars took a 3-0 sweep over the Bucs at home.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Charleston Southern is currently 5-9 after losing to SoCon teams Wofford and The Citadel and sweeping Stetson over the weekend in the East Bay Deli Invitational. Meredith Parrott was named to the All-Tournament team after hitting .250 and averaging two blocks per match.
Charleston Southern averages a hitting mark .152 and 10.0 kills per set. Tracy Sydney leads the team with 101 kills.
SHELTON WINS SOCON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
College of Charleston senior libero Emily Shelton was named the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Shelton helped the Cougars to a 2-1 record over the weekend as she nearly tied her career high with 31 digs against Presbyterian and 21 digs apiece versus Georgetown and Michigan State. She finished with 73 digs for the weekend (5.62 per set), pacing the team and helping the Cougar defense limit opponents to a .233 hitting percentage.
Shelton is currently ranked second in the Southern Conference for digs with 5.29 per set.
She won the SoCon Defensive Player of the Month last September along with the week two defensive honor. CofC's Darcy Dorton won the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week after the first week this season.
DOWN 0-2? GO 3-0
College of Charleston became the first team in the SoCon this season to rally from an 0-2 deficit and eventually win, 3-2 (UNCG pulled off the feat later in the same night against UNC Wilmington). The Cougars lost the first two sets to Georgetown on Sept. 14, each by two points. However, the Cougars rallied to force a game five and won that set 15-13. It marked the first time since Sept. 2, 2011 against Harvard that CofC had won after trailing 2-0.
DARCY DORTON MAKING IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Penn State transfer Darcy Dorton has made her presence known over the first few weeks of the season. Dorton has posted six double-digit kill performances and has reached 20 kills on three occasions. She has also posted five double-doubles as she has averaged 2.68 digs per set.
Dorton is currently second in the Southern Conference with an average of 4.0 kills per set. Her 23 kills in a four-set win over Sacramento State rank third in the league for the most kills in one match this season.
Dorton became just the second player in the conference to post a 20-20 in kills and digs when she made 20 kills and 22 digs against Georgetown on Sept. 14.
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 in the first week and Courtyard Charleston Classic MVP honors in the second weekend after continuing to share in the kill totals with Dorton.
White currently ranks second on the team with 128 kills (2.84/set) and ranks 10th in the conference with a hitting percentage of .288.
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. Three weekends ago, her 48 kills helped her surpass CofC Volleyball Wall of Famers Stephanie Ballard and Claudia Fann. She currently sits second all-time with 1,728 career digs. This season, Shelton ranks second in the conference with 5.29 digs per set and 238 total digs.
1. 2,480 - Marie Dobrenz 2003-06
2. 1,728 - Emily Shelton 2008-P
3. 1,599 - Stephanie Ballard 1999-03
4. 1,590 - Claudia Fann 1991-94
MELISSA MORELLO SETS CAREER HIGHS AT HOME
Freshman Melissa Morello was named to the Holiday Inn Tournament All-Tournament team after recording three straight matches with double digits in kills, and two with 10 or more digs. Morello set a new career high with 12 kills against Presbyterian and 16 digs.
TAELER DAVIS MAKES THE MOST OF STARTING ROLE
With starting setter Kallie McKown sidelined with an injury, junior Taeler Davis stepped in and performed admirably in the starting role at the Holiday Inn Tournament against Georgetown, Presbyterian and Michigan State. Davis set a new career high with 62 assists and 13 digs against Georgetown, and followed that up with another double-double (42 assists-10 digs) versus Presbyterian. She was named to the Holiday Inn All-Tournament team.
Davis split the 2011 season as the starter or reserve with McKown.
NEIDEFFER BREAKS OUT IN KANSAS
Junior Emily Neideffer had a breakout weekend when the Cougars traveled to Kansas for the Jayhawk Classic. Neideffer set a new career high with 10 kills in the Friday morning match against Kansas. She then turned around and bested that with 14 kills in the night win over Wyoming.
She finished the weekend with 27 kills and a .415 hitting mark, earning her a spot on the Jayhawk Classic All-Tournament team.
KOEHLER PUTTING HER STAMP ON THE MIDDLE
Despite not playing in her first two seasons with CofC due to injury, redshirt-junior Kerstin Koehler has had to step into a leadership role in the middle blocker position in 2012. She currently leads the team with 42 blocks (0.95/set) while ranking fourth on the squad with 61 kills. Her average number of blocks currently ranks fourth in the Southern Conference.
She has already set new career highs in kills (12, Memphis) and blocks (7, UNF) this season and looks to continue to improve every weekend.