Cobras end season with 3-1 victory over Tusculum

The Coker College women’s volleyball team finished their season with a 3-1 (25-20, 16-25, 25-15, 27-25) victory over the Tusculum Pioneers on Saturday (Nov. 3).

Coker opened strong by taking the first set 25-20 behind four kills from Taylor du Bray in the first seven points. The Pioneers threatened late, closing the gap to 22-19 before senior Chole Attram finished off the set with one of her six kills on the evening.

The Cobras dropped the second set, but responded by dominating in the third. Coker actually fell behind at one point, and then tied the match at 13-13, before using a 12-2 run down the stretch to win the set and take a 2-1 advantage. Lana Strejcek and Olivia Cerick led the way for the Cobras over the course of their 12-2 run by combining for five kills over their last six points.

Tusculum jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in the fourth set, but the Cobras rallied back to tie the set at 7-7 after another kill by Strejcek. Coker then used a 6-1 run, punctuated by a Strejcek service ace to stretch their lead to five points. The Pioneers battled all the way back though, fighting through a two match points to tie the Cobras at 25-25. Taylor du Bray put the finishing touch on an amazing season with a kill, and then an error by the Pioneers gave the Cobras the set and match victory.

Du Bray finished with a game-high 16 kills and 12 digs. She ended the year with a new single-season Coker record of 373 kills in a season. She finished second in the conference in kills per set (3.73), and total kills, while coming in eighth in service aces (36).
Rami Mullen recorded her 21st double-double of the season, with 39 assists and 10 digs. Mullen finished fourth in the South Atlantic Conference in assists (965), while fellow freshmen Olivia Cerick finished seventh in service aces (37), and Lana Strejcek eighth in blocks (80).

Kara Overholt finished out her Coker career by recording 19 digs on the afternoon, to bring her career total to 1,803, good for third place all-time in Coker history.

Author: Duane Childers

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