Volleyball Downs Presbyterian in Three Sets
CLINTON, S.C. - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team continued to roll through the early portion of its Big South schedule as the Chanticleers won their second straight match in three sets Saturday afternoon at Presbyterian’s Templeton Center.
Coastal’s 25-12, 25-16, 25-15 sweep is its seventh of the season, and improves the Chants’ record to 10-4, 2-0. The loss was Presbyterian’s first in conference play, and drops the Blue Hose to 3-12, 1-1.
The entire match saw just nine lead changes as the Chants led for the majority of the match. Overall, Coastal hit .455 as a team, its highest percentage of the season. Presbyterian, meanwhile, hit .061 as a team as the Blue Hose had 18 attacking errors and Coastal totaled 33 digs and eight team blocks.
Leah Hardeman paced the Chants with 13 kills on 23 swings with just one error for a .522 hitting percentage. Lian Bernett followed with 10 kills at a .625 clip. Overall, Coastal had six players hit over .300 as Natasa Savovic (.308), Eszter Nagy (.400), Dora Lulic (1.000) and Sara Boothe (1.000) joined Hardeman and Bernett.
Boothe led all players with 20 assists while Carla Cahill registered a match-high seven digs.
Cahill served the Chants to six straight points early in the first set, putting Coastal in front 11-4. The Chants hit .481 in the set while putting down 14 kills and sending back four PC attacks.
Presbyterian led Coastal by a point in the second set before the Chants went on a 12-4 run to take a sizeable 20-13 lead. Two Hardeman kills and an ace from Cahill helped close out the set.
The Blue Hose once again grabbed an early lead in the third set, but Coastal rallied to even the set at nine points apiece. From there, the Chants outscored PC 14-6 to close the match. Coastal hit .462 in the final set while receiving five kills from Hardeman and four from Bernett.
The Chanticleers play their first conference match at home on Friday, Oct. 2 when Coastal hosts High Point for a 7 p.m. match at The HTC Center.