Sept. 27, 2013
ROCK HILL - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team continued its strong play of late with a 3-1 victory on the road over Winthrop University in its Big South Conference opener. Sophomore Gabriella Horvath led all players with 17 kills, 10 digs and three blocks for her second double-double of the season.
Senior Kindra Bailey added 11 kills and a match-high eight blocks including two solo. Redshirt sophomore Lian Bernett and sophomore Eszter Nagy each had seven kills. Bernett added nine digs and four blocks while Nagy compiled six blocks including two solo.
Senior Lauren Alejo dished out 42 assists, had seven digs and two blocks while redshirt junior Lindsay Gill led the team with 16 digs. Gill now has 1,233 career digs and is just one away from tying Amy Bambenek (1994-97) for tenth in the CCU record book.
Winthrop was led by Alina Sopizhuk who had a team-high 13 kills. Rachel Lenz added 10 kills and a team-high four blocks.
The Chants improved to 8-6 overall and 1-0 in conference play while the Eagles fell to 9-5 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
CCU took the opening two sets 25-21 and 25-14. The Eagles cut the lead to one with a 26-24 win in the third set but the Chanticleers closed out the match with a 25-20 victory in the fourth set.
The Chants had a team hitting percentage of .238 while holding the Eagles to just .099 over the four sets. CCU out-dug the Eagles 54-49 and out-blocked them 14-7.
Coastal will be back in action tomorrow night as the Chants travel to Presbyterian College for another Big South Conference battle at 7 p.m. The Eagles will remain home to host the Buccaneers of Charleston Southern at 2 p.m.