Sept. 4, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Coastal Carolina University volleyball team closed the Hokie Invitational on Saturday going 1-1, falling to Jacksonville State 3-1 before defeating Long Island 3-2 in its final match of the weekend and winning its first match of the season. The Chanticleers improve to 1-5 overall.
Jacksonville State 3, Coastal Carolina 1
In its second four-set match of the season, the Coastal Carolina University volleyball team fell 3-1 (18-25, 22-25, 25-23, 17-25) to Jacksonville State on the second day of the Hokie Invitational.
Senior Chelsy Kimes led the team with 13 kills and added 17 digs for her third double-double of the season. Kelsie Mauck dished out 25 assists and freshman Lindsay Gill registered 18 digs to lead the Chanticleers defense.
After two early ties in the first set, Jacksonville St. went on a 10-2 run for a 17-10 lead. Coastal tried to battle back, but the Gamecocks held Coastal to a .000 attack percentage compared to its own .158. Kimes and Megan BickfordLauren Alejo registered six assists. were held to two kills a piece and freshman
The Gamecocks went out to a 11-1 lead in the second set, but the Chants gradually battled back to bring the set to within one at 18-17. Following a 6-3 run by Jacksonville St., the Gamecocks took a two-set lead after a final kill by Brooke Schumacher.
The Chanticleers won their first set of the Hokie Invitational in the third set. Coastal held the Gamecocks to a .082 attack percentage and found its stroke, hitting .159. Freshman Megan Laffin had a set-high three kills and Bickford posted a solo block. Down 13-7, the Chants went on a 13-3 run to take the lead at 20-16. The Gamecocks never came to within more than two the rest of the set as Coastal took the third set.
Looking to tie the match, the Chanticleers fell to an early 6-2 deficit and could never recover, falling 3-1 in the match. Kimes added four kills to her total and Bickford added three.
Coastal Carolina 3, Long Island 2
In the second match of the day, Coastal Carolina rallied to snap its five-game losing streak, after dropping the first set to beat Long Island 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 25-12, 23-25, 15-9).
Laffin had a career game with 10 kills and nine blocks and Bickford added seven kills and nine blocks. Kimes had a season-high 24 kills and posted her fourth double-double of the season with 15 digs. Gill had a career-high 30 digs and Mauck and Lauren Alejo shared the setting duties, dishing out 30 and 22 assists, respectively.
The Chants forced six ties and five lead changes early in the first set, but at 9-all, Long Island slowly pulled away, going on a 6-1 run. Coastal gradually came back and brought the set to within one at 24-23 until Zuzana Buchlova finished the set with a kill, giving the Blackbirds a one set lead.
Coastal tied the match up at 1-1 in the second set despite 12 ties and six lead changes. Both teams stayed close and went point for point until at 21-19 the Chants won four points to put them ahead 24-22. Kimes ended the set for Coastal with a kill.
The third set was a quick set for Coastal as it downed Long Island 25-12. With the offense hot, led by Laffin, who finished the set with a .800 attack percentage. Ahead 3-2, the Chanticleers went on an 11-2 run and it was too much for Long Island to recover from as Coastal took a 2-1 match lead.
Long Island did not go away easy, winning the fourth set and tying the match at 2-2. However, Coastal stayed close, forcing seven ties. Neither team could get more than a three point lead, but in the end Long Island came away with the set win.
In the deciding set, both teams stayed close early, but at 5-all, the Chanticleers went on a 7-2 run and never looked back to win its first match of the season in five sets.
Coastal never hit below .133 and held Long Island to an average hitting percentage of .082. The other difference between the two teams was the dominance at the net. Coastal players were responsible for 35 out of the total 46 blocks in the match.
Coastal travels to Campbell on Tuesday, September 7 to face the Camels at 6 p.m. and open their 2010 home season at Kimbel Arena on September 10-11 as they host the Comfort Suites Coastal Carolina Invitational. The Chanticleers will face the Citadel, Norfolk State and USC Upstate.