Oct. 2, 2012
CHARLESTON - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team's three-match win streak came to an end Tuesday evening with a 3-1 loss on the road at College of Charleston. The Chants dropped the opening set by the slimmest of margins, 26-24, before taking the second set, 25-17. The Cougars then rattled off back-to-back set wins to take the match.
Reigning Big South Conference Player of the Week Gabriella Horvath led CCU with 18 kills, nine digs and four block assists. Junior Kindra Bailey added 14 kills while compiling a team-high .565 hitting percentage. She also had three blocks and a pair of digs. The final Chant to reach double-digit kills was freshman Eszter Nagy who had 10 kills and ended the night with a .310 hitting percentage. She also led the team with six blocks.
Junior Sam Skryd led the team in both digs and service aces with 14 and three, respectively. Senior Jamie DiMaggio and sophomore Jenna Orner each added 11 digs. Junior setter Lauren Alejo dished out 44 assists while digging up nine balls.
As a team the Chants had a better hitting percentage and came up with more blocks than the Cougars but CoC won the battle in digs.
The Chants trailed early in the opening set but they were able to come back and eventually take a 23-19 lead while using a 5-1 run powered by four errors by the Cougars. CoC responded by tying the set at 23 due to a couple of errors by the Chants. CCU earned the first chance at the set with a kill by Bailey to take a 24-23 lead but the Cougars used a pair of kills and an attack error by CCU to win the set 26-24.
The second set was back-and-forth through the first 30 points as neither team gained more than a two-point lead during that time frame. With the score tied at 15, Coastal began a 10-2 run to close out the set in impressive fashion. Three blocks, two kills from Bailey and two kills from Horvath helped power the run as the Chants took the set 25-17.
The Cougars pulled away midway through the third set and held a comfortable lead most of the way as they won 25-19.
The fourth set looked to be Coastal's from the beginning as the Chants opened the set with an impressive 8-1 run. The Cougars slowly fought their way back into the set and eventually tied it at 18. Both teams traded points to take the set to 22-22 but back-to-back points by the Cougars gave CoC its first match point of the evening. Horvath came through with a kill to cut the lead to 24-23 but a kill by the Cougars ended the set and the match 25-23.
The Chanticleers will return to action this Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. as they travel back to Charleston to take on conference foe Charleston Southern.