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Friday November 30, 2012NCAA Volleyball: College of Charleston Advances to Second Round With 3-2 Win Over Miami

Gainesville, Fla.

In the first match of the NCAA Volleyball Gainesville Sub-regional, the College of Charleston Cougars defeated the Miami Hurricanes 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 19-25, 25-22, 15-10) to advance to Saturday’s second-round match as College of Charleston head coach Jason Kepner earned his first NCAA Tournament victory. The Cougars will play the winner of Friday’s 7:30 p.m. match between the Florida Gators and Tulsa Golden Hurricane. 


College of Charleston was led by Darcy Dorton with 27 kills. Dorton also collected 17 digs on the afternoon, just behind Cougar libero Emily Shelton’s 18. Down two sets to one heading into the fourth, the Cougars battled back behind their hitting leader, Sloane White, for a victorious first-round match. White rattled off 17 kills on 24 attempts for a .441 percentage on the day. Also in double-figure kills for the Cougars was Melissa Morello, with 11.


Taylor Hollins led Miami with 17 kills, while Savanah Leaf had 13, Alex Johnson rallied for 11 and Emani Sims added10 for the Hurricanes’, all five in double-digits. The Hurricanes were a fierce blocking team, with 25 blocks to College of Charleston’s eight. Johnson led the Hurricanes with 10 blocks, and Sims added eight.


After close first set in favor of the Cougars, 25-22, Miami rebounded to win the next two for the 2-1 advantage heading to the fourth. Miami took the lead early once again, but Cougars continued to fight and chip away at the Hurricane lead. College of Charleston took its first lead at 13-12 to force a Miami timeout. The two schools battled back and forth until Miami’s second timeout at 21-19 in favor of the Cougars. College of Charleston eventually secured the fourth-set win 25-22 with a final kill by White to force the fifth set tiebreaker. White recorded six kills during the fourth-set comeback set on 12 attempts.


Both teams swapped points in the fifth set and it was 8-7 in favor of College of Charleston at the media timeout. The Cougars came out of the break with enough momentum and control to win the fifth set, 15-10, securing a spot in the NCAA second round. White rattled off eight kills in the fifth set and Dorton had six.



2012 NCAA Volleyball Championship

Gainesville Sub-Regional


Coach and Player Quotes

November 30, 2012



Head Coach Jason Kepner
Opening Statement:

“It was a great match. I’m so proud of this team and so proud of how they battled. Miami is a great team, and we were very fortunate to be put into a position to get a win against the University of Miami. I’m just proud of how hard we fought and battled the last two games, as we went down 2-1.”


On the key to coming back from behind:
“I think we’ve ridden on emotions this entire year. When our emotions get out of control, we start to lose ball control. We get a little antsy, and we get a little crazy and people starting chirping at each other and it gets a little bit out of control. When we can get our emotions in control and really use it to our advantage, the team is much more successful, and I think we really did a good job of that in games four and five.”


On possibly playing Florida:
“They’re a great team. I haven’t seen them play this year. They are usually very balanced, they usually have a variety of weapons and I’m sure they’re very similar, so that will be a very tough challenge for us.”


On the possibility of playing Tulsa:

“Tulsa, I haven’t seen a whole lot either, but I do know about Tyler Henderson on the outside, and she’s a very dynamic outside hitter. I think she’s pretty hard to stop for anybody, from what I’ve seen stat-wise.”



#11 RS Junior OH Darcy Dorton

On beating Miami:

“I give a lot of credit to Miami. They played a good match. They had a good plan for stopping us. I had 11 hitting errors, so obviously they’re a really good blocking team and really one of the better blocking teams we’ve seen. This is a really good win our team and a really good win for our program. We were excited to be here. The win is just the cherry on top of a great season sundae.”


On coming back from behind in the fourth set:
“Most of the girls have never played in a NCAA match before, so there were a lot of jitters at the beginning of the match, and I think especially in the fourth and the fifth, we started to play a lot more like ourselves. Once we got our emotions high and got our energy high, I think that’s when we really started playing C of C volleyball.”



#17 Sophomore MB/RS Sloane White

On the first-round win for C of C:
“It was very exciting. Like coach said, we’ve been in a lot of situations like do-or-die time, so I think that really helped us in this game. I think they are a really talented team, for sure one of the better blocking teams we’ve played against. I think we just had a better plan to beat them.”






Head Coach Nicole Lantagne Welch

Opening Statement:

“It was a hard-fought battle. Of course, we’re extremely disappointed in the outcome today, and I thought we started the match very tentatively, and that’s not typically how we are -- we’re pretty aggressive and go after things. I’m sure there were a lot of nerves and whatnot out there with a lot of people who hadn’t started in the last couple years in the NCAA tournament. We had some pressure on us, and I don’t think we handled that as well as we should have. Hats off to College of Charleston, they played a great match, and their two big hitters that we knew coming into the match really came on big, and we didn’t do enough to stop them.”



#1 Junior RS Alex Johnson

On the game and the season:

“Obviously we didn’t get the outcome we wanted, and it’s unfortunate.  But this year when we started out, people didn’t think we were really going to do much, and we proved a lot of people wrong. We had a great season.”


On what to take moving forward:

 “What we can take away from this is to start strong and finish strong and I think that’s really going to help us in the next year.”



#23 Senior S/H Nrithya Sundararaman

On the game, season, her career:

“Obviously it’s not what we wanted to be walking out of here with, but just like Alex said, this season has been an amazing one. A lot of people have stepped up, and it’s taken our team to a great height. It sucks to leave the court with some regrets still, but just looking back I think that what I’m taking away is definitely the ups that we’ve had this season, and it’s just been an amazing ride.”






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