WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Senior Darcy Horton recorded a match-high 16 kills to lead four players in double figures as College of Charleston defeated UNCW, 3-1 (23-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-21) in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Friday at Hanover Hall.

The Cougars improved to 15-4 on the season and 5-0 in league play as they remained the league’s only undefeated team in CAA play. The Seahawks slipped to 12-7 and 1-4 as they suffered their first loss in five matches at Hanover Hall this season.

Horton paced a potent Cougars attack that hit .309 for the match, recording 64 kills and just 22 errors in 139 total attempts. Junior Sloane White pitched in 12 kills, sophomore Melissa Morello tallied 11 and junior Cara Howley notched 10 to join Horton in double figures. Senior Taeler Davis posted 26 assists and added 10 digs while junior Kallie McKown notched 22 assists and added 11 digs as both players finished with double-doubles.

Junior Morgan Kline tallied 15 kills and senior Christi Laite added 10 for UNCW. Freshman Alyssa Desjardins dished out 22 assists and senior Haley Collins added 20. Sophomore Lindsay Hartmann, the reigning CAA Defensive Player-of-the-Week, led all players with 16 digs.

Trailing 21-19 late in the first set, UNCW scored six of the final eight points of the frame, highlighted by three spikes from freshman Nicole Lott, to rally for a 25-23 victory.

College of Charleston cruised to a 25-14 triumph in game two, tallying 13 of the first 15 points of the frame on its way to build a comfortable cushion that would get no smaller than six the rest of the way.  

The Cougars jumped out to a 7-2 lead early in the third set, but the Seahawks responded with a 6-1 spurt to tie the frame at 8-all. The two sides would then trade points until a kill by Slone sparked College of Charleston to score six of the next nine points and take a 21-17 lead. UNCW stalled the Cougars rally by notching  three straight points to pull within one, 21-20, but College of Charleston responded with four kills over the last five points of the set to take a 25-21 victory and a 2-1 lead.

In a tight fourth set that featured a total of 10 ties and four lead changes, UNCW trailed 17-14 when a service error led to the Seahawks to tally four of the next five points and tie the match at 18-all. The Cougars would pull away, however, using a kill from Dorton to break the tie and ignite a 7-3 run that gave College of Charleston a 25-21 decision and the match.

Both teams return to action Oct. 18. UNCW hosts James Madison while College of Charleston entertains William & Mary. Start time for both matches is set for 7 p.m.