Sept. 5, 2009
COLUMBIA, S.C. – After a tough day yesterday with two losses, the Coastal Carolina University volleyball team came out fighting in its last match of the weekend to get a win against Eastern Kentucky at the Gamecock Invitational hosted by South Carolina. The Chanticleers came out victorious with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-18) sweep of the Colonels.
The Chanticleers improve to 2-4 overall while the Colonels slip to 0-6 overall.
Unlike yesterday, the Chants only committed nine attack errors and finished the game with a .354 team attack percentage to Eastern Kentucky’s team attack percentage of .084. Coastal Carolina’s 16 blocks to Eastern Kentucky’s two also made a big difference in the match.
In the first set, senior Jill Nyhof commanded the team both offensively and defensively with three kills and three blocks. Eastern Kentucky started out the set leading 6-3, but the Chants caught up to tie the set at 9-all. It was then that Coastal Carolina went on a 12-2 run to put the score at 21-11 in favor of the Chanticleers, who only allowed the Colonels to score three more points before they won the set. Junior Chelsy Kimes had three service aces in the first set and senior Megan Pollard finished the set with four digs.
In the second set, the Chanticleers did not hit quite as well as in the first set, but still had a .289 team attack percentage and held the Colonels to a team attack percentage of .095. Megan Bickford, Amanda Russell, and Sierra Livesay all combined for 12 kills with four a piece. Early in the set, both teams went back-and-forth but after a 6-6 tie, the Chants gradually started to build a lead and the Colonels could not find a way to slow them down. Kelsie Mauck led the set with 10 assists and Pollard led the defense with seven digs.
After yesterday’s third set against UNC Greensboro, Coastal Carolina wanted to make sure it did not give Eastern Kentucky the opportunity to comeback and have a chance to win the match. The Chants went up to an early 10-2 lead after an 8-0 run and Nyhof added four blocks to prevent Eastern Kentucky from constructing a comeback. The team finished the set with a .483 team attack percentage. Kimes, Livesay and Russell led the attack combining for 12 kills. In need of one point to win the match, Coastal Carolina let Eastern Kentucky go on a 4-0 run before a block by Nyhof and Meagan Tracey won the match.
Kimes registered her third double-double of the season with 10 kills and 10 digs and Russell finished the match with 10 kills and seven digs. Nyhof had a match-high eight blocks and Mauck guided the team with 27 assists.
The Chanticleers travel to Statesboro, Ga., for the Bash in the ‘Boro tournament Sept. 11-12 before returning home for their first home match in the Myrtle Beach Comfort Suites Invitational.