Beach Volleyball Splits on First Day of Palmetto Invitational
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina beach volleyball team split a pair of matches on Friday, the first day of the Palmetto Invitational hosted by South Carolina. The Chanticleers opened with 3-2 win over Missouri State before falling to the nationally ranked #9 Gamecocks, 4-1.
Coastal moves to 1-13 overall with the day's split, picking up its first victory of the season.
The day's first match started with a straight-sets victory by Coastal's fourth pairing of Tanner Gauthier and Kyla Manning. Dora Lulic and Carla Cahill followed with a three-set win at No. 2 to give Coastal a 2-0 lead.
Missouri State evened the match with wins on the fifth and third courts, setting up the match-deciding point at No. 1. There, Coastal's first pairing of Leah Hardeman and Aleksandra Djuric downed Veronica Snelling and Taylor Fricano in straight sets to give the Chants the 3-2 victory.
In the second match versus South Carolina, the Gamecocks struck first winning in two sets at No. 4. The Chants responded with a straight-sets win by Lulic and Cahill at No. 2 to even the match, but that proved to be the final Coastal point of the day as South Carolina won in two sets on the remaining courts to take the match 4-1.
Action from the Palmetto Invitational continues on Saturday as Coastal plays its final two matches of the 2018 season. The Chants take on Tulane at 11 a.m. before facing College of Charleston at 3 p.m. in their season finale.
Coastal Carolina 3, Missouri State 2
1. Hardeman, Leah/Djuric, Aleksandra (COASTAL) def. Veronica Snelling/Taylor Fricano (MSU) 21-15, 21-17
2. Lulic, Dora/Cahill, Carla (COASTAL) def. Mikaela Mosquera/Sam Brinkmann (MSU) 21-11, 19-21, 15-12
3. Julia Hanson/Kelsey Larsen (MSU) def. Windisch, Kinga/Ladewig, Shelby (COASTAL) 21-15, 21-18
4. Gauthier, Tanner/Manning, Kyla (COASTAL) def. Sarah Demmer/Caroline Finnell (MSU) 21-15, 21-19
5. Lynsey Wright/Ivy Reynolds (MSU) def. Otto, Autumn/Beck, Haylie (COASTAL) 21-11, 21-16
#9 South Carolina 4, Coastal Carolina 1
1. Shannon Williams/Ali Denney (SC) def. Hardeman, Leah/Djuric, Aleksandra (COASTAL) 21-10, 21-13
2. Lulic, Dora/Cahill, Carla (COASTAL) def. Aubrey Ezell/Lydia Dimke (SC) 21-18, 21-18
3. Cadie Bates/Katie Smith (SC) def. Windisch, Kinga/Ladewig, Shelby (COASTAL) 21-7, 21-11
4. Julia Mannisto/Carly Schnieder (SC) def. Gauthier, Tanner/Manning, Kyla (COASTAL) 21-11, 21-12
5. Macie Tendrich/Leah Perri (SC) def. Tontai, Aristea/Eske, Kalin (COASTAL) 21-10, 21-13