Coastal Holds First Home Beach Volleyball Matches
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina University opened its brand new beach volleyball facility on Friday with the first four matches of the two-day, CCU-hosted beach tournament.
Coastal played in two of the four matches, suffering 3-2 losses to both North Florida and Jacksonville to fall to 1-13 overall this season, and 0-8 in ASUN Conference play. The two other matches were neutral-site contests between North Florida, Jacksonville and Mercer.
Match 1 vs. North Florida
The Chants were edged in the first match by North Florida, 3-2.
Coastal's top pairing of Natasa Savovic and Tahleia Bishop earned their seventh win of the season in straight sets against Katarina Raicevic and Courtney Miller. Leah Hardeman and Aleksandra Djuric provided the Chants' second point on the fourth court, also in straight sets.
North Florida got points on the second, third and fifth courts to close out the match and get the victory.
Match 2 vs. Jacksonville
Coastal suffered its second close loss of the day, once again by a 3-2 margin.
Savovic and Bishop won their second match of the day, this time downing Jacksonville's top pairing of Mackenzie Swan and Cristina Finan in straight sets.
Jacksonville earned its points on the third, fourth and fifth courts.
Action from the Coastal Carolina Beach Volleyball Complex continues on Saturday with three more matches. Coastal will play the latter two matches at noon and 2 p.m. against Jacksonville and North Florida.
North Florida 3, Coastal Carolina 2
1. Savovic, Natasa/Bishop, Tahleia (COASTAL) def. Katarina RAICEVIC/Courtney MILLER (UNF) 21-18, 21-18
2. Carina HOFF/Kimberly FERGUSON (UNF) def. Davis, Katie/Boothe, Sara (COASTAL) 21-17, 21-13
3. Chaney HOWARD/Lauren GAINER (UNF) def. Mierzwa, Mika/Otto, Autumn (COASTAL) 21-13, 21-11
4. Hardeman, Leah/Djuric, Aleksandra (COASTAL) def. Brittany PASE/Gabby O'CONNELL (UNF) 21-19, 21-17
5. Shannon McPHERSON/Nicole DeBOLT (UNF) def. Mandic, Iva/Federico, Kate (COASTAL) 21-13, 21-15
Ext. Lulic, Dora/Ladewig, Shelby (COASTAL) def. Taryn GRIFFEY/Madilyn McCARTY (UNF) 11-21, 21-16, 19-17
North Florida 10-11, 3-4 ASUN
Coastal Carolina 1-12, 0-7 ASUN
Jacksonville 3, Coastal Carolina 2
1. Savovic, Natasa/Bishop, Tahleia (COASTAL) def. Mackenzie Swan/Cristina Finan (JU) 21-18, 21-13
2. Boothe, Sara/Davis, Katie (COASTAL) def. Morgan Dees/Megan Widener (JU) 21-18, 21-19
3. Shelby Babowicz/Natalie Wehner (JU) def. Mierzwa, Mika/Otto, Autumn (COASTAL) 17-21, 21-18, 15-5
4. Katie Krawczyk/Vanessa Richards (JU) def. Hardeman, Leah/Djuric, Aleksandra (COASTAL) 22-20, 21-14
5. Hanna McMahon/Jizzyan Gesualdo (JU) def. Mandic, Iva/Federico, Kate (COASTAL) 19-21, 26-24, 15-10
Ext. Lulic, Dora/Ladewig, Shelby (COASTAL) def. Tori Reiser/Mallory Mattingly (JU) 21-10, 21-16
Jacksonville 6-17, 1-8 ASUN
Coastal Carolina 1-13, 1-7 ASUN