LAURINBURG, NC—Coker College continued its hot play with its fourth straight Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference volleyball victory on Tuesday, defeating host St. Andrews 3-1 (30-26, 30-28, 28-30, 30-21) on Harris Court.


The Lady Cobras improved to 8-10 overall and 7-2 in the CVAC while the Knights dropped to 1-12 and 1-7.


On game point, Coker held a solid eight-point lead in the first set but the Knights rallied with five points to make it interesting. However, the Cobras managed to get the final point to take the early lead with a 30-26 win.


St. Andrews came out strong in the second game, trying to tie the match up at one apiece by taking an early 11-6 lead. Coker quickly rallied with the next nine points on Margaret Madison serves to take the lead for good. The Cobras would hold on to a close second game, 30-28, to take the commanding 2-0 advantage in the match.


The Knights did not give up and played its best game in the third, taking the quick 7-2 lead and holding on for the 30-28 win to cut the deficit to 2-1.


Coker remained poised after not only losing the third game but also losing Lauren Larsen for the rest of the contest to an ankle injury. The Cobras slowly pulled away throughout the fourth to take the 30-21 win to end the match.


Madison led the Lady Cobras with 18 kills and three blocks. Andrea Manuel posted 24 digs, 10 kills, and three aces on the night. Megan Haupt added 15 kills while Courtney Barton had a team-high four blocks. Setter Tara Nelson set up 48 assists.


Setter Kim Harper (Boca Raton, FL) led the Knights with a .385 hitting percentage, 37 assists, and 14 digs. Junior Lauren McManus (Raleigh, NC) spiked a team-high 18 kills along with 18 digs and three blocks. Junior Jesi Bewley added 19 digs and 15 kills. Haugen tied Bewley with 19 digs. Harper and Bewley each had three aces.


The Knights host CVAC rivals Mount Olive on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. while Coker entertains CVAC foe Barton at the same time.