DURHAM, N.C. - College of Charleston rallied from two slow sets and nearly forced a fifth game against No. 14 Duke before eventually falling 3-1 (25-14, 25-8, 23-25, 25-19) in the first round of the NCAA volleyball tournament at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Friday night.
The Cougars (25-6) did well to rally from two of the statistically worst sets of the season, winning the third set and leading late in the fourth frame.
ACC champion Duke (28-4) played strong throughout the match, hitting .325 with three players scoring in double figures. The Blue Devils tallied 14 blocks and outdug the Cougars, 65-48.
Duke's Jeme Obeime led all players with 19 kills and a .432 hitting percentage.
Sophomore Melissa Morello led Charleston with 10 kills and 10 digs, her sixth straight double-digit kill performance. Cara Howley tallied 10 kills and hit .273, while Sloane White had nine kills.
Senior Taeler Davis recorded 26 assists, and Andi Zbojniewicz led Charleston with 15 digs. Darcy Dorton had just six kills in the match, making 12 hitting errors and five reception errors.
Charleston finishes the season at 25-6, the sixth 25-win season in head coach Jason Kepner's seven years at the helm.
The Cougars won College of Charleston's first championship in the Colonial Athletic Association, the program's 13th straight conference title dating back to 2001.