CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The University of Delaware volleyball team fought valiantly through three tightly-contested sets, but could not prevail as league-leading College of Charleston posted a 3-0 victory over the Blue Hens Friday night at TD Arena. The Cougars recorded the victory by set scores of 25-23, 25-23, and 25-20.

The Cougars won their ninth consecutive match to improve to 19-4 overall and a perfect 9-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association, while Delaware dropped its fourth straight contest as the Blue Hens fell to 11-13 overall and 3-7 in league play.

UD sophomore Katie Hillman paced the Blue Hen attack with 10 kills during the contest, while senior Katie Hank added nine on the evening. Freshman Lauren Talley, making her first career start, entered the match with six kills on the year before contributing seven against the Cougars.

Fellow rookie Kali Funk handed out 28 assists for Delaware, while sophomore Ariel Shonk contributed a team-high 11 digs.

Darcy Dorton led CofC with 12 kills, although she also committed nine attack errors and hit just .097 on the night. Sloane White added 10 kills and hit .360 for the Cougars, while Kallie McKown and Taeler Davis combined for 40 assists.

Delaware jumped out to a 9-6 advantage in the first set, and after CofC went in front by six, a four-point Blue Hen run closed the gap to 21-19. UD later won two straight points to pull within 24-23, but a Hank service error gave the Cougars the first set.

The Blue Hens again hung tough in the second set, and the teams were knotted at 15-15 before a three-point CofC spurt put the Cougars in front to stay. Again Delaware was down just a point at 24-23, before White kill clinched the set for CofC.

After the teams were tied at 8-8 in the third game, the Cougars took the next two points and led the rest of the way. Delaware was within five the entire frame but could not pull even, while another kill by White ended the match.

“I was happy with our week of preparation transferring to tonight and being competitive,” said Blue Hen head coach Bonnie Kenny. “We played hard for three full games and played well as a team. If we can get a little better everyday we can look forward to returning to the CAA Tournament.”

Match Notes:
• The teams were meeting for the fourth time in school history, and the first time since 2008
• Hillman reached double figures in kills for the nine consecutive match
Kori Reigel made eight digs for UD, her highest total since Oct. 11
• College of Charleston held a 9-4 block advantage
• Delaware travels to UNCW Sunday for a 1 p.m. match with the Seahawks