Spartans fall on Senior Night to CofC, 3-0
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GREENSBORO, N.C. – College of Charleston had three players with double-digit kills and UNCG wasn't able to get its offense going as the Cougars defeated the Spartans, 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-13), on Saturday night in Fleming Gymnasium. The match was also Senior Night for Ariel Newman and Sarah Eldridge.
The Cougars (23-9, 14-2 SoCon) were led by Lizzie Theesfeld, Elyse Chubb and Sloane White who all had 11 kills apiece. Theesfeld also had 12 digs for a double-double and Taeler Davis added a match-high 39 assists.
The opening set was close in the early going as UNCG trailed just 11-10. College of Charleston would then open up a 15-11 lead on a kill by Theesfeld to force a Spartan timeout. The Spartans were able to fight back and tie the set at 20, but fell behind 23-21 to force UNCG to use its final timeout.
After the timeout, UNCG got a kill from Chambers to make it a one-point game before a kill by White and a Spartan attack error gave the Cougars the set, 25-22.
College of Charleston carried that momentum into the second set as it jumped out to a 12-6 lead. UNCG was able to rally and cut the deficit to two at 15-13 before the Cougars went on a 4-0 run to open up at 19-13 advantage. The Spartans weren't able to get any closer the rest of the way as CofC took the set, 25-17.
In the third and final set, UNCG held an early 8-7 lead, but College of Charleston once again had an answer and went on a 13-2 run to open up a commanding 20-10 lead en route to winning the set, 25-13.
The Spartans will now have to wait to see if The Citadel beats Elon on Sunday. If The Citadel wins, UNCG advances into the Southern Conference Tournament next weekend.
Coll. of Charleston def. UNCG 25-22, 25-17, 25-13
Coll. of Charleston (23-9, 14-2 SoCon) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Sloane White 11-1-3; Lizzie Theesfeld 11-1-1; Elyse Chubb 11-0-3; Sarah Havel 9-1-3; Kerstin Koehler 5-0-0; Taeler Davis 1-0-2; Kelly Kolich 1-0-0; Totals 49-3-6.0. (Assists) - Taeler Davis 39. (Dig leaders) - Emily Shelton 14; Lizzie Theesfeld 12; Sloane White 8; Andi Zbojniewicz 8
UNCG (15-17, 7-9 SoCon) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Karrian Chambers 11-0-0; Ariel Newman 9-0-1; Morgan Freeman 5-0-1; Emily McMurtrey 3-0-3; Vicky Harley 2-0-3; Sarah Eldridge 1-1-0; Kelsey Sidney 0-0-1; Totals 31-1-5.0. (Assists) - Emily McMurtrey 13; Sarah Eldridge 12. (Dig leaders) - Kellie Orewiler 22; Ariel Newman 7
Site: Greensboro, N.C. (Fleming Gymnasium)
Date: Nov 12, 2011 Attend: 363 Time: 1:30
Referees: Dennis Branch, Vaughn Hastings
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