Cougars sweep UNC Wilmington

College of Charleston entered the second half of conference play with a sweep over rival UNC Wilmington, 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-17) at TD Arena on Saturday.

Charleston (18-4, 8-0) ran its winning streak to eight matches as the first-place Cougars stayed undefeated in CAA play. UNCW (14-8, 3-5) tallied 11.5 blocks, but failed to match C of C’s offensive firepower at the end of each set.

Once again, the Cougars outmatched UNCW in nearly all statistical categories, winning the battle in kills (46-32), hitting (.304-.158), assists (45-31) and digs (51-31).

Darcy Dorton had 14 kills with only three errors for a hitting percentage of .379. She also made five digs and had three blocks.

Double-figure kills by Kasey Talley, Briana Reid and Lauren Gainer led Chattanooga to a 25-27, 25-18, 25-17, 25-19 come-from-behind win over The Citadel. Talley led all hitters with 16 kills to give Chattanooga its third victory in league play.

Katie Briggs, who finished with a season-best 15 kills to go along with two assisted blocks, powered The Citadel (5-21, 0-10 SoCon) offense to 46 kills.

Anna Sells delivered with the golden goal in the final 12 seconds of the first overtime period as Charleston Southern (7-10-1, 4-6) topped Gardner-Webb (3-14-1, 1-9) at Patriots Point on Senior Day.

Sells intercepted a pass from Chloe Urig at the top of the box and dribbled to her right before uncorking a low, line-drive shot past a diving Amy Schmitt and into the lower right corner of the net, bringing the CSU team off their bench in celebration as the Bucs topped the Runnin’ Bulldogs in what had been a defensive stalemate the majority of the match.