Grant Benefield, Staff Reporter
After posting a pair of 3-0 sweeps on Friday, Gamecock Volleyball kept things going on Saturday with a championship finish in the Jefferson’s/State Farm Invitational Tournament.
In their first two matches of the tournament on Friday, the Gamecocks defeated North Carolina A&T and Alcorn State each by 3-0 scores.
The Gamecocks (10-3) started off their Saturday with a 3-0 thrashing of Mississippi Valley State (1-8) by set scores of 25-14, 25-14, and 25-11.
Allyson Zuhlke led the Gamecocks in kills with 12. She would also tally 2 blocks.
Jennifer Hart collected 24 assists and 12 digs for the Gamecocks.
Hannah Kirk would lead the team defensively with 18 digs. She would also collect 5 assists.
The championship match would be more of the same for the Gamecocks, capping off a pristine tournament run with a 3-0 victory over Louisiana Monroe (3-9) by set scores of 25-14, 25-21, and 25-22.
Cooler would lead the way offensively for the Gamecocks with 10 kills (a career high), 2 aces, and a block. Cooler would go on to claim tournament MVP honors after collecting 30 kills and 30 digs over the tournament.
Charis Ludtke collected 9 kills and 2 aces, including her 1000th kill of her career. She would be named to the all-tournament team along with Cooler.
Hart would duplicate her stats from the previous match, posting 24 assists and 12 digs.
The Gamecocks will now get a well-deserved break until next weekend at the The Citadel’s Bulldog Invitational in Charleston, South Carolina, where they will open tourney play against Winthrop.