Sep 6, 2013
CHARLESTON - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team opened up play at the Hampton Inn CofC Invitational with a 3-1 loss to host College of Charleston. The Chants kept the match close in the opening two sets before the Cougars pulled away for the victory. CofC took the opening set 25-23 before CCU picked up a 28-26 victory in set two. The Cougars took the match with 25-19 and 25-13 victories in the third and fourth sets.
The Chants fell to 1-3 on the season while the Cougars improved to a perfect 5-0.
Senior Kindra Bailey led the way for Coastal as she put down 12 kills on 24 attacks for a superb .458 attack percentage. She also added four total blocks including one solo and two service aces. Redshirt sophomore Lian Bernett added eight kills and three blocks while senior Meghan Laffin and sophomore Eszter Nagy each had seven kills.
The Cougars had four players with 10 or more kills including team leader Darcy Dorton who had 16.
Despite Bailey’s strong attack percentage the Chants struggled offensively with a team attack percentage of .138. The Cougars compiled a team attack percentage of .299. CCU won the block battle 8.0-5.0.
The Chants fell behind early in the first set but a late 6-0 run cut CofC lead to 21-20. The Chants and Cougars traded points the rest of the way with CofC taking a 25-23 victory.
The second set was neck-and-neck with CCU holding the edge most of the way. The Chants took the largest lead of the set at 14-10 but the Cougars would not be down long as they pulled even at 15. CCU went up four again at 22-18 but the Cougars would again tie the set at 23. The two teams would go back-and-forth the rest of the set until CofC went up 26-25. With the Chants facing set point, an attack error and a pair of ball handling errors gave CCU the victory 28-26.
The third set stayed close until the 17-17 mark when the Cougars used an 8-2 run to close out the set 25-19.
Down 2-1 the Chants were unable to gain momentum in the fourth set as the Cougars jumped out to an 18-8 lead and never looked back as they won 25-13.
The Chants will return to action tomorrow as they take on both Indiana and South Carolina State as part of the Hampton Inn CofC Invitational.