Hardeman's Single-Match Record Leads Coastal Past Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Leah Hardeman set a Coastal Carolina single-match record with 32 kills to lead the Chanticleers to a four-set (25-20, 25-27, 25-13, 25-14) victory at Little Rock on Saturday night.
The senior's record-setting performance helps Coastal to improve to 5-6 overall, and remain unbeaten through two Sun Belt Conference matches. Coastal's previous single-match record for kills, held by Hardeman, was 27. Hardeman's stellar performance on Saturday also included a .492 hitting percentage and 16 digs for her eighth double-double of the season.
Coastal hit .321 as a team overall while limiting Little Rock to a .152 percentage. Coastal registered 11 team blocks, led by the seven send-backs of Larissa Dos Sanots.
The Chants' second double-double of the night came from Sara Boothe, who dished out 28 assists while adding 10 digs.
Coastal got off to a great start in the opening set, jumping in front 15-6 to take what appeared to be a comfortable lead. Following a Little Rock timeout, however, the Trojans went on a 9-3 run to cut the Chants' lead to just three points. The rally was cut short there, as Coastal regained a six-point cushion en route to a five-point set win.
While the Trojans couldn't complete a comeback in the first set, they managed to pull it off in the second. Coastal led by four points midway through the game before Little Rock rallied to even the frame at 20-20. The set was tied four more times before the Trojans received a kill from Marina Avram for set point, and a Coastal error evened the match at 1-1.
The Chants had already built a decent lead heading into the middle of the third set, going ahead by as many as six points before winning five straight to essentially seal the game with a 19-9 lead.
Coastal led the final frame from start to finish, claiming the set's first six points and leading by as many as 11 points as it closed out the match.
The Chants make their home debut next weekend hosting UTA (Sept. 29) and Texas State (Oct. 1) at the HTC Center.