Coastal Falls in ASUN-Opening Doubleheader


March 29, 2017

MACON, Ga. - The Coastal Carolina beach volleyball team suffered consecutive losses Wednesday afternoon at Mercer in the Chanticleers' first ASUN Conference matches of the season.

Coastal remains winless in its five matches this season, while Mercer improves to 10-5 overall with an unbeaten 3-0 conference record.

The two sides were tied 1-1 early in the opening match before Mercer won two of the three remaining courts to edge the Chants 3-2. Mercer was in complete control of the second match, however, winning on all five courts for a 5-0 sweep.

Match 1 (Mercer 3 -- Coastal 2)
Mercer took the first point on the second court as Emma Peel and Sophie Peel defeated Aleksandra Djuric and Katie Davis in three sets.

Coastal's Sara Boothe and Carla Cahill then evened the match on the fourth court, downing Demi-Shay Watchorn and Alyssa Kirkman, also in three sets, 20-22, 21-15, 15-13.

The Bears regained the lead at No. 5 with a straight-sets victory by Gretja Otten and Jessica Johnson, and the No. 3 pairing of Claire Waliczek and Danielle Faust clinched the win in straight sets against Mika Mierzwa and Autumn Otto.

The Chants' top pairing of Natasa Savovic and Tahleia Bishop closed the match with a win over Tori Penrod and Emily Krogman.

Match 2 (Mercer 5 -- Coastal 0)
Mercer won all five courts in straight sets in the day's second match.

Peel/Peel won the first point at No. 2, followed by Otten/Johnson at No. 4. The match-winning point was provided by Gibson/Kerr at No. 5.

Waliczek/Faust (No. 3) and Penrod/Krogman (No. 1) completed the shutout for the Bears.

Coastal returns to action this weekend to take place in the UNCW Tournament, playing a trio of matches against South Carolina, Stevenson and College of Charleston. The Chants faced the Gamecocks earlier this season, falling 4-1 in their season opener.

Mercer 3, Coastal Carolina 2
1. Savovic, Natasa/Bishop, Tahleia (COASTAL) def. Tori Penrod/Emily Krogman (MER) 31-29, 21-10
2. Emma Peel/Sophie Peel (MER) def. Djuric, Aleksandra/Davis, Katie (COASTAL) 19-21, 21-14, 15-12
3. Claire Waliczek/Danielle Faust (MER) def. Mierzwa, Mika/Otto, Autumn (COASTAL) 21-13, 21-10
4. Boothe, Sara/Cahill, Carla (COASTAL) def. Demi-Shay Watchorn/Alyssa Kirkman (MER) 20-22, 21-15, 15-13
5. Gretja Otten/Jessica Johnson (MER) def. Mandic, Iva/Ladewig, Shelby (COASTAL) 21-14, 21-13
Ext. Abigail Moss/Marina Chavez (MER) def. Federico, Kate/Lulic, Dora (COASTAL) 21-17, 21-18

Match Notes:
Coastal Carolina 0-4 (0-2 ASUN)
Mercer 9-5 (2-0 ASUN)
Order of finish: Doubles (2,4,5,3,1)

Mercer 5, Coastal Carolina 0
1. Tori Penrod/Emily Krogman (MER) def. Savovic, Natasa/Bishop, Tahleia (COASTAL) 21-17, 21-19
2. Emma Peel/Sophie Peel (MER) def. Djuric, Aleksandra/Davis, Katie (COASTAL) 21-19, 21-16
3. Claire Waliczek/Danielle Faust (MER) def. Mierzwa, Mika/Otto, Autumn (COASTAL) 21-11, 21-14
4. Gretja Otten/Jessica Johnson (MER) def. Boothe, Sara/Cahill, Carla (COASTAL) 21-18, 21-19
5. Amber Gibson/Madison Kerr (MER) def. Mandic, Iva/Federico, Kate (COASTAL) 21-15, 23-21
Ext. Lela McIntosh/Morgan MacGilvary (MER) def. Lulic, Dora/Ladewig, Shelby (COASTAL) 21-16, 24-22

Match Notes:
Coastal Carolina 0-5 (0-2 ASUN)
Mercer 10-5 (3-0 ASUN)
Order of finish: Doubles (2,4,5,3,1)



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