Sept. 22, 2012
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team picked up its first win inside The HTC Center with a 3-2 victory over Big South Conference foe Presbyterian College. The Chants were led by junior Kindra Bailey who had just five kills but provided points with five service aces and a career-high nine blocks including three solo.
The Chants improved to 3-8 on the season and evened out their Big South record to 1-1. The Blue Hose fell to 4-13 and 1-1 in the Big South.
Junior Meghan Laffin added a team-high 13 kills with just one error for a team-high .353 attack percentage. She also had two service aces and five digs. Freshman Eszter Nagy chipped in eight kills and five blocks including three solo. Sophomore Katie Martin had seven kills and four block assists.
The Chants used a 16-6 advantage in blocks and a .227 to .182 advantage in attack percentage to take the match.
CCU fell in the opening set 26-24 before winning the second set 25-16. The Blue Hose took set three 25-18 but it was the Chants who responded with a 25-19 fourth set victory and then a 15-11 match-clinching fifth set win.
The first set was back-and-forth almost the entire period. The Blue Hose were able to build a six-point lead midway through the period with a 7-1 run to take a 18-12 advantage. The Chants patiently reeled them in and eventually tied the set on a service ace by Bailey to make the score 22-22. A kill by the Blue Hose and an attack error by the Chants gave Presbyterian its first set point of the day at 24-22. A kill from Nagy and an attack error by the Blue Hose once again tied the set this time at 24. Back-to-back kills by PC ended the set 26-24.
The second set was again back-and-forth in the opening minutes but a 5-0 run midway through the set gave the Chants a 15-10 lead. Two kills from Laffin, a service ace from Skryd and a pair of attack errors by the Blue Hose powered the run. CCU would eventually stretch its lead out to nine at the 21-12 mark of the period. The Chants and Blue Hose split the remaining eight points with Nagy drilling a ball to end the set 25-16.
The Blue Hose came storming out of the gates in the third set taking a quick 8-2 lead. The Chants fought their way back into the set eventually cutting the lead to just two at 16-14 but the Blue Hose responded with a 4-0 run to re-open a six-point advantage. Presbyterian would hold off the Chants late in the set taking a 25-18 victory.
The fourth set looked much like the opening two sets with both teams trading points in the early going. With the set tied at nine the Chants began a 8-3 run to open up a 17-12. The Blue Hose responded with back-to-back points to cut the lead to three but a kill by Bailey and a pair of attack errors re-opened the lead for the Chants. CCU would hold that lead the rest of the way taking a 25-19 victory.
With the score tied 5-5 in the fifth and deciding set a small 4-0 run proved to be the difference as the Chants used a kill from Bailey, a kill from sophomore Taylor Stafford, a block by Bailey and Martin and an attack error from the Blue Hose to open up a 9-5 lead. The Blue Hose were able to cut the lead to two but that would be as close as they would get as the Chants held on for a 15-11 victory as Alejo provided the last kill of the match off an assist from senior Samantha Palka.
The Chanticleers will return to action Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. as they travel to Big South Conference foe High Point.