Coastal Hands Fighting Camels First Conference Loss
Oct. 5, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team took down the Fighting Camels of Campbell University, 3-2. It was the first Big South Conference loss for CU and marked the third-straight and sixth overall five-set match for the Chants this season. Sophomore Gabriella Horvath paced the Chants offense with a match-high 17 kills, 12 digs, two service aces and three blocks.
Coastal improved its conference record to 2-2 while upping its overall mark to 9-8. The Fighting Camels fell to 2-1 in conference play and 11-8 overall.
CU took the opening set 25-23 before the Chants tied up the match with a 25-22 second set victory. CU jumped back in the lead in the third set with a 25-18 victory but CCU would not go down as the Chants handed the Fighting Camels a 25-18 defeat in the fourth set. The fifth set was all Coastal as the Chants had a team hitting percentage of .400 in the set and held the Fighting Camels to a -.176 hitting percentage to take a 15-5 victory.
Redshirt sophomore Lian Bernett chipped in 15 kills, 16 digs, three service aces and three blocks. She did not have an attack error the entire match and compiled a .357 hitting percentage. Senior Kindra Bailey was the final Chant with double-digit kills with 11 while adding a service ace and two blocks.
Sophomore Eszter Nagy led the Chants in blocks with four while adding eight kills. Redshirt junior Lindsay Gill led the way in digs with 23 while senior Lauren Alejo dished out 44 assists and had eight digs.
Four Fighting Camels combined for 44 of CU's 55 kills. Katelyn Layden had 12, Alexis Hein and Jessica Groen had 11 and Lindsey Coats finished with 10. Mary Crema led the Fighting Camels with 21 digs.
In a back-and-forth match it all came down to the fifth set and the Chants came out on fire, scoring five of the first six points. Bernett had two kills in the run, Nagy had one and two CU errors contributed two more points. The Chants cruised from that point on winning 10 of the next 14 points to take a 15-5 victory. CU had just one kill in the entire set while Bernett led the Chanticleers with four.
Coastal hit .245 as a team over the five sets while the Fighting Camels were held to a team hitting percentage of .177. Both teams had 52 assists, seven service aces and seven blocks but CCU edged CU in digs 75-73.
The Chants will return to action this Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. as they host Charleston Southern in Big South Conference action. The Fighting Camels will be back on the court this Friday at home against Liberty.