Chants Power Past American in Three
Greensboro, N.C. - Leah Hardeman put down 14 kills while hitting .444 to lead the Coastal Carolina volleyball team past American University in three sets (25-22, 25-18, 25-18) Saturday afternoon in a match played at UNC Greensboro.
The Chants (3-3) are competing in the tournament at UNCG this weekend after the Coastal Carolina Classic was cancelled earlier in the week with the threat of Hurricane Irma looming. Coastal finishes the weekend in Greensboro on Sunday with a 4:30 pm match versus Florida Atlantic.
Hardeman began the match with five kills in each of the first two sets, and followed with four kills on nine swings in the third set to help complete the sweep. The senior outside hitter also added five kills and an ace.
In addition to leading the Chants with 20 assists, setter Sara Boothe set a career high with five service aces.
Defensive specialist Sydney Alvis led the match with 15 digs.
Coastal found itself trailing early in the first set before going on a 10-2 run to take an 18-12 lead. American nearly managed to erase that lead as it hit .242 to Coastal's .212 in the set, but the Chants held on with the help of a pair of Eagle service errors.
The Chants' hitting jumped to .370 in the second set as Coastal staked an early lead and continued to pull away. After the offensive display in the middle frame, it was Coastal's defense that led the way for the remainder of the match. The Chants totaled four team blocks in the third set, with three from Lulic and a pair from Dos Santos. Coastal also recorded a match-high of 15 digs in the set, including six by Alvis and five by Hardeman.