Aug. 27, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In the first match of the 2010 season, the Coastal Carolina University volleyball team fell 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 11-25, 27-29) to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in its first match of the Deacon Invitational, August 27.
The Chanticleers were led by senior Chelsy Kimes, who finished with 14 kills and 15 digs, earning her first double-double of the season. Senior Amanda Russell and freshman Meghan Laffin contributed offensively with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Defensively, freshman Lindsay Gill saw her first action as a collegiate player tallying 17 digs to lead the team. Coastal shared the role of setter between junior Kelsie Mauck, who registered 22 assists and freshman Lauren Alejo, who posted 18 assists.
The Demon Deacons started the first set strong, going on a 5-1 run. However, Coastal found its rhythm and went on an 8-1 run of its own to take a 10-7 lead, forcing Wake Forest to call a timeout. The squads went back and forth before the Deacons went on a 9-0 run, giving them a 23-15 lead and eventually took the first set at 25-19.
Coastal Carolina came out on the attack in the second set, taking an early 4-1 lead. After nine ties and six lead changes in the set, the Chanticleers battled to take the lead for the final time at 22-21. Coastal won the next three points off Wake Forest attack errors and Mauck finished the set with a service ace, tying the match at 1-1.
The third set was all Wake Forest as the Demon Deacons went out to a 16-5 lead and held the Chants to 11 points in the set.
Coastal looked for the equalizer in the fourth set with both teams evenly matched, forcing eight ties and two lead changes. The Chanticleers stayed alive, battling back and taking the set into extra points, but two back-to-back errors gave Wake Forest the 29-27 advantage and match win.
Wake Forest’s Kadija Fornah had a game-high 19 kills to help the Demon Deacons to their first win of the season. Kelsey Jones added 33 assists and Carlin Salmon added six blocks.
Coastal Carolina returns to the court for the second day of the Deacon Invitational on August 28 and will face Georgia at 10 a.m. and East Tennessee State at 4:30 p.m.