Sept. 13, 2013
KENNESAW, Ga. - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team evened up its record with a pair of wins on the opening day of the KSU Owls Classic in Kennesaw, Ga. The Chants opened the tournament with a 3-2 victory over Samford before taking down Tennessee Tech 3-1 in their evening match. Redshirt sophomore Lian Bernett opened the tournament with a bang, picking up a season-high 21 kills, 10 digs and five blocks. The win over TTU was a total team effort with five Chants registering eight kills or more.
The Chants improved their record to 4-4 on the year while Samford fell to 5-4 and TTU fell to 3-5.
Senior Kindra Bailey had a team-high six blocks against Samford including one solo. She registered seven kills as well. Sophomore Gabriella Horvath had nine kills to finish second behind Bernett while senior Meghan Laffin chipped in seven kills and three blocks.
Senior Lauren Alejo and freshman Beatris Petelkova split time at setter. Alejo had 29 assists and five digs while Petelkova had 11 assists and one dig. Redshirt junior Lindsay Gill led the team with 24 digs.
The Chants won the first two sets 25-23 and 25-22 before dropping sets three and four by scores of 25-22. The final set was close early but with the score tied at seven the Chants began a 5-0 run to open up a 12-7 lead. CCU would go on to win 15-10.
CCU had a .184 attack percentage while the Bulldogs were held to a .135 attack percentage. Both teams had a strong showing at the net with the Bulldogs winning the block battle 14-12.
Samford was led by Erin Bognar and Michaela Reesor who had 17 and 16 kills, respectively.
Laffin and Horvath led the way against TTU with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Laffin had an attack percentage of .333 and put down three blocks. Horvath on the other hand registered a .318 attack percentage and had 10 digs. Bailey and Bernett each had nine kills. Both added three blocks and Bailey had a team-high .412 attack percentage. Sophomore Eszter Nagy put down eight kills and had three blocks including one solo.
Gill led the way with 15 digs while Horvath came in second with 10. Alejo had a team-high 33 assists and eight digs while Petelkova chipped in 18 assists and four digs.
The Chants won the opening two sets 27-25 and 25-22 before Tennessee Tech took set three 28-26. The Chants closed out the match with a 25-22 victory in the fourth and final set.
CCU registered a team attack percentage of .254 while holding the Golden Eagles to a .186 percentage. Both teams had nine digs while CCU won the dig battle 55-46.
The Chants will return to action tomorrow with two matches at the KSU Owls Classic. CCU will take on host Kennesaw State and Stony Brook.