HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — College of Charleston won a five-set thriller over defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Hofstra, 25-19, 26-28, 25-21, 23-25, 15-12, on Sunday.
Charleston (12-4, 2-0) lived up to its preseason billing as the conference’s top team by taking down conference powers Northeastern and Hofstra (10-6, 1-1) on the road in the opening weekend of CAA play.
After snapping Northeastern’s 23-match home winning streak on Friday, the Cougars snapped Hofstra’s nine-match winning streak on Sunday.
Darcy Dorton led Charleston with 19 kills and five digs. Cara Howley had 15 kills and a .480 hitting percentage, while Sloane White came up huge in the final set, getting 13 total kills and a .360 attack mark.
Back-to-back second-half goals by Francesca Kentimenos and Sarah Cardamone had the College of Charleston in prime position to pick up its first CAA victory, but an eventual hat trick by Hofstra’s Sam Scolarici allowed the defending CAA champion Pride to escape with a 3-2 overtime victory in Long Island, N.Y.
After falling behind early, Charleston’s (2-8, 0-2) quick goals gave the Cougs a 2-1 lead in the second half — a lead they held until the 87th minute.
Maureen Buff broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 66th minute, and Wofford went on to a 2-0 win over The Citadel in Spartanburg.
The Bulldogs (2-5-2, 0-2 SoCon) lost to the Terriers (5-2-1, 1-0) for the first time in four years.
Naomi Carter had 11 saves for The Citadel, including eight over the opening 59 minutes to keep the Terriers off the board. But Buff beat the freshman netminder with a shot into the top right corner of the goal with 65:27 remaining to put Wofford in front.