Chanticleers Overcome Two-Set Deficit to Win in Five
Sept. 28, 2012
HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team trailed 2-0 after the opening two sets on the road at Big South Conference rival High Point University but the Chanticleers rallied and took the next three sets to pick up their second-straight Big South victory.
The Chants improved their record to 4-8 overall and 2-1 in Big South Conference action. The Panthers fell to 12-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big South.
Freshman Gabriella Horvath had an outstanding match while nabbing her third double-double of the season. She had a season-high 18 kills while adding 13 digs and four blocks. She also led the team with four service aces. In all, she contributed 24.5 of the Chants' 64.0 total points.
Sophomore Katie Martin chipped in seven kills and three blocks while Kindra Bailey, Meghan Laffin and Eszter Nagy all had six kills. Nagy led the team with six blocks while Bailey added four and Laffin had three.
Junior Lauren Alejo dished out 39 assists and had a team-high 23 digs to record her fourth double-double of the season.
The Panthers took the opening two sets 25-19 and 25-13. The Chants edged High Point in the third set 25-23 before taking the fourth 25-17 and the fifth 15-12.
After falling in the opening two sets the Chants came out on fire in the third set taking a commanding 13-4 lead. The Panthers used a 7-0 run to cut the lead to just two and eventually tied the set at 17. A few points later a pair of High Point errors gave the Chants a 20-18 lead. Following a Panther timeout a kill by Laffin and another Panther error increased the Chants’ lead to four. Three-straight points by the Panthers cut the lead to just one at 22-21. After the Chants and Panthers traded the next four points the set sat at 24-23 in favor of Coastal. Horvath came through to keep Coastal’s hopes alive closing the set with a kill, 25-23.
The Chants opened the fourth set much like the first by taking a 9-3 lead over the opening portion of the set. CCU held off the Panthers the entire set as the Chants’ lead never fell under four points.
The fifth and final set opened with a kill from the Panther but the Chants answered with five-straight points including a kill from Horvath, back-to-back blocks, an attack error from the Panthers and a service ace from Bailey. The Chants coasted to their first match point at 14-9 but High Point would not go down easy as the Panthers held off four match points before a kill by Martin ended the match at 15-12.
The match featured 63 attack errors including 33 from High Point. As a team the Chants hit just .089 while the Panthers were not much better at .102.
The Panthers hit .183 as a team over the opening two sets but the Chants held them to just .048 over the final three sets. The Chants had the exact opposite change as they hit -.013 over the opening two sets before hitting .168 over the final three including .368 in the final set.
The Chanticleers will return to action tomorrow, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. as they travel to Campbell University who fell to Charleston Southern 3-0 on Friday night.