Sept. 19, 2009
CONWAY, S.C. – In the final day of the Myrtle Beach Comfort Suites Invitational, the Coastal Carolina University volleyball team swept both UNC Wilmington and Western Carolina 3-0 to finish in second place behind Charlotte.
The Chanticleers improve to 5-7 overall with Big South Conference play about to start. In the past three tournaments, the Chants have managed to go 1-2 in each tournament, but that streak was broken as they went 2-1 this weekend.
Senior Megan Pollard and Freshman Sierra Livesay earned All-Tournament honors after helping lead the Chants to two victories. Pollard finished the weekend with 36 digs, 10 assists, and four service aces. Livesay earned All-Tournament honors with 33 kills, 18 digs, six service aces and six blocks.
Also earning All-Tournament honors were Jenna Litoborski and Sheri Davis of Charlotte and Paula McConnell of UNC Wilmington. Charlotte’s Kaitlin Knight was chosen as tournament MVP.
Coastal Carolina 3, UNC Wilmington 0
After dropping a tough four-set match Friday to Charlotte, the Chanticleers started off Saturday sweeping the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-19) and breaking their streak of dropping the first two matches in tournaments.
In the first set, the Chants went out to an early 4-1 lead before UNC Wilmington gradually coming back to tie the set at 8-all. Each team exchanged points before Coastal Carolina went on a 17-3 run to put the match away. Excellent serves by Amanda Russell late in the set forced two Seahawk errors to prevent UNC Wilmington from building a comeback. Chelsy Kimes finished the set with five kills and Sierra Livesay had four kills on six attempts for a .667 attack percentage.
In the second set, the Seahawks came out determined to tie the match and after nine ties, UNC Wilmington took the lead, but only for a while. The Chants got back in the game after an 8-1 run to tie the game at 20-all. That was all the points UNC Wilmington would earn in the set because kills by Kimes and Megan Bickford put the Chants up by two and a Seahawk attack error put them up by three. Livesay got in the action with a kill and Bickford sealed the deal with the final kill to put the Chanticleers up two sets in the match.
Both teams battled back and forth in the third set, but Coastal Carolina went on a 7-1 run to take the lead and they never looked back. UNC Wilmington could not find a spark to get them going and the Chanticleers took the third set to win the match. Kimes added another five digs to the set and both Bickford and Livesay finished with four kills each.
Coastal Carolina 3, Western Carolina 0
In the final match of the tournament, the Chanticleers came out on the attack by sweeping Western Carolina 3-0 (25-20, 25-8, 25-15) finishing with a team attack percentage of .376.
In the first set, Coastal Carolina had to battle but came out on top by going up one set in the match. Amanda Russell had four kills and four digs with two of her kills coming at the end of the set to help put the Chants ahead. Both teams stayed neck-in-neck until Coastal Carolina took the final lead at 17-16 and from then on, it was all Coastal Carolina. Jill Nyhof added two blocks on the set.
Coastal Carolina could not be stopped in the second set as they won 25-8. Western Carolina seemed out of sync as they let the Chants hit right past them. Megan Pollard led the defense with seven digs and Nyhof added three blocks to hold off the Catamounts.
The third set was a little better for Western Carolina, but the Chants had found their rhythm and were took much to handle. Nyhof added another four blocks and Livesay was right behind her with three blocks. The set started with Coastal Carolina going out to a 10-2 lead and Catamount errors helped lead the way. Kimes was responsible for the last three points to help Coastal Carolina win the match.
Jill Nyhof finished the match with 8 blocks including two solo blocks and a career-high .778 attack percentage while Chelsy Kimes led the match with eight kills and 10 digs. Megan Bickford and Livesay both finished with eight kills.
Coastal Carolina is back on the road for its next two match as they face fellow Big South regular season champions High Point and Liberty. The Chants take on High Point on Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.