CofC volleyball turns back CSU

College of Charleston won its third consecutive match behind a milestone-eclipsing performance by senior Melissa Morello and another strong showing from several freshmen. The Cougars rolled Charleston Southern, 25-18, 25-8, 15-25, 25-18, Tuesday at TD Arena.

Morello, who earned her 1,000th career kill on Friday against Tulsa, recorded her 1,000th career dig in the third set against Charleston Southern.

“I feels really good,” Morello said. “It’s exciting; I never really thought about 1,000 digs. Early on, I set 1,000 kills as a career goal, but I never thought I would get there in digs.”

Morello led all players on Tuesday with 15 kills and also turned in 15 digs — second behind only Britney Vallez’s 22. Freshmen Kennedy Madison and Devon Rachel finished with 11 and 10 kills, respectively, while Allison Beckman contributed with 44 assists. Maddie Hills chipped in with five kills.

College of Charleston hit .240 as a team and held Charleston Southern’s offense to a .136 hitting percentage. The Cougars dominated the second set of the match as the team scored 17 consecutive points to take a commanding 19-2 lead in the rout. CofC improved to 26-5 all-time against the Buccaneers.