Chants Fall Short at Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team fell in three sets (25-20, 25-23, 25-18) at Iowa Friday night in its second match of the Hawkeye Classic. The Chants previously defeated Indiana State in a three-set match Friday morning to even their weekend record to 1-1.
The loss also evens Coastal's season record to 2-2, with a second match against Iowa -- and the Chants' final match of the Hawkeye Classic -- upcoming on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT (3 p.m. ET).
Iowa hit .282 to Coastal's .138, while also holding advantages in kills, digs and blocks.
Iowa's Taylor Louis led all players hitting .519 while putting down 16 kills, the only Hawkeye to reach double figures in the category.
Coastal led just once in the opening set as Hardeman landed a kill and a pair of aces to put the Chants in front, 3-1, in the early going. Iowa quickly regained the lead and pulled ahead by as many nine points in the set, leading 20-11. A 6-2 Coastal run trimmed the Chants' deficit to five points, but they would pull no closer as Iowa closed the set with a five point advantage.
Iowa led 16-9 in the second before Coastal responded with seven straight points to even the set. The rally started with a Hawkeye service error, and Kaylah House led the charge with a trio of kills. The set was tied four more times before Coastal gained a 22-20 advantage on an Iowa error and kill from Dora Lulic. Two consecutive kills and a block shifted the lead back to Iowa, and the Hawkeyes closed the set with kills from Louis and Jess Janota.
A 12-5 Iowa run proved to be the difference-maker in the third and final set. The frame was deadlocked at nine points apiece before the Hawkeyes used the run to power ahead, 21-14, and force Coastal into a timeout. Coming out of the break, Coastal fought back to pull within five points, but could not overcome Iowa's sizeable lead.