Sept. 4, 2009
COLUMBIA, S.C. – It was a tough day for the Coastal Carolina University volleyball team as they dropped both matches (3-2, 3-0) in the first day of the Gamecock Invitational. A big reason for both losses was the errors. The Chanticleers tallied attack 22 errors per match and were held to a .000 attack percentage against South Carolina.
UNC Greensboro 3, Coastal Carolina 2
Coastal Carolina started the first match of the day strong, but gradually lost its momentum in a grueling five-set 3-2 (25-14, 25-21, 25-22, 26-24, 15-11) loss to UNC Greensboro.
In the first set, the Chanticleers looked like they could not be stopped, going on an early 5-0 run and never allowing the Spartans a chance to come back. Freshman Sierra Livesay led the attack in the first set with four kills and one service ace. The team finished the set with a .321 hitting percentage and three service aces.
The second set started similar to the first with the Chants going on a 4-0 run to put them ahead 9-3, but the Spartans gradually battled back. With the score 23-15 in favor of the Chanticleers, UNCG went on a 6-1 run themselves to put them down by three at 24-21, but a kill by Livesay gave Coastal Carolina the 2-0 match lead.
The turning point of the match came in set three when the Spartans turned up the heat and starting hitting. After the first two sets, UNC Greensboro was averaging a .190 hitting percentage, but in the third set they finished with a hitting percentage of .242. The Spartans’ Catherine Hanners led the match with 20 kills.
In the fourth set, both teams stayed close and Coastal Carolina maintained the lead until UNCG battled back and tied the set 17-all. From then on, the Spartans were on the attack and won the set 26-24 to tie the match 2-2. Junior Megan Bickford led the Chants with two service aces.
The Spartans kept the momentum into the decisive fifth set, vaulting out to a 6-1 lead. The Chants closed to within two at 13-11, but kills by UNC Greensboro’s Hanners and Alissa Beaudway ended the match.
Junior Chelsy Kimes recorded her second double-double of the season with 14 kills and 10 digs. Senior Jill Nyhof added with seven total blocks and sophomore Kelsie Mauck guided the team with 35 assists. Amanda Russell contributed with 10 digs, eight kills and four service aces and Megan Pollard and Livesay both finished with 10 digs.
South Carolina 3, Coastal Carolina 0
In a tough match against tournament host South Carolina, the Coastal Carolina volleyball team never found its drive in a 3-0 sweep at the Gamecock Invitational. The Gamecocks defeated the Chanticleers by set scores of 25-20, 25-11 and 25-18.
In the first set of the match both teams stayed close, but after the final tie at 10-all, the Gamecocks took over and never looked back. Chelsy Kimes tallied four kills and four digs in the set, while Amanda Russell registered five digs.
The second and third sets were all South Carolina. The Chants led only twice in the second set before the Gamecocks went on a 6-0 run to take the lead for good. In the third set, South Carolina went to an early 5-0 lead and Coastal Carolina could never regain its momentum to post a comeback.
The biggest difference between the two teams was the attack percentages. South Carolina held Coastal Carolina to a .000 attack percentage, while it finished with an attack percentage of .248. Kimes led the attack with seven kills and one service ace. Jill Nyhof continued her solid defensive effort with five blocks on the night.
Coastal Carolina returns to the court for its final match of the Gamecock Invitational on Sept. 5 against Eastern Kentucky at 10 a.m.