Aug. 25, 2012
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team fell in a pair of five set matches at the Big Orange Bash hosted by Clemson University. The Chanticleers took on Xavier University in the first match of the day before taking on South Carolina State University.
Xavier took the opening two sets of the match while CCU won sets three and four before the Musketeers clinched the match with a 15-9 fifth set victory. Coastal won the opening set against SCSU but the Bulldogs took sets two and three. The Chants dominated in the fourth set winning 25-14 but the Bulldogs recovered in the fifth set winning 15-9.
Coastal's record falls to 0-3 on the season while the Musketeers improved to 2-0 and the Bulldogs improved to 1-2.
The Chants were led by junior Meghan Laffin who was named to the All-Tournament Team. Against the Musketeers she had 15 kills and a .387 attack percentage. She added six digs and a pair of block assists as well. Sophomore Lian Bernett added 14 kills and eight digs while sophomore Katie Martin and freshman Gabriella Horvath chipped in six kills each. Horvath added six digs and six block assists to her total.
Laffin continued to excel against SCSU with a team-high 19 kills, three service aces and four digs. Bernett added 12 kills and nine digs coming up just short of her first double-double of the season. Horvath had seven kills and six digs.
DiMaggio led the team with 21 digs while Alejo added 33 assists and seven digs. Alejo also led the team with five service aces.
The Chants once again struggled offensively hitting .131 as a team against Xavier and .188 against SCSU. The Musketeers hit .311 while the Bulldogs hit .243.
The Chants and Musketeers battled the entire match with each set being decided by just six-points or less. XU won the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-21, while CCU took the next two, 25-21 and 25-22, XU closed out the match with a 15-9 win in the fifth set.
The Chants match with the Bulldogs was close in every set except for the fourth in which Coastal dominated winning 25-14. CCU hit a tournament best .412 in the fourth set while holding the Bulldogs to just .062. The Bulldogs would immediately recover as they took the fifth set 15-9 holding the Chants to a negative attack percentage at -.056.
The Chanticleers will return to action next weekend as they travel to the University of Pittsburgh Invitational to take on Pittsburgh, Butler and Howard.