Chants Down Georgia Southern in Four
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team rebounded from its first Sun Belt loss of the season last weekend with a four-set victory over Georgia Southern Friday night at the HTC Center.
Coastal (7-7, 4-1 SBC) split the first two sets with Georgia Southern (5-10, 2-3), 25-16, 17-25, before claiming the final two sets by 25-21 and 25-19 margins, respectively.
The Chants opened the match with their highest hitting percentage, posting a .310 mark as they cruised to a nine-point set win. Four Chants put down a trio of kills in the set, including Kyla Manning, Leah Hardeman, Aristea Tontai and Larissa Dos Santos. Hardeman also added five digs, and Coastal had three players with blocks to limit the Eagles to hitting .069.
Georgia Southern's Cathrine Murray put down four kills in the second period to lead the Eagles' .286 hitting percentage. Georgia Southern led the set from start to finish, and it was the only set of the match to have no ties or lead changes.
Hardeman and Kinga Windisch landed four shots each in the third game as Coastal won the set by four points to give the match lead back to the home side. The Chants were trailing 20-16 before winning six straight points to overtake the lead and force Georgia Southern into a timeout. Coastal closed the set with two Eagle errors and a Windisch kill.
Georgia Southern grabbed an early lead in the fourth, but a 6-2 Coastal run swung momentum towards the Chants and the Eagles never managed to recover. Hardeman had eight kills in the final game, and the Chants led by as many as six points as they closed out the match.
Hardeman finished the match with 17 kills and 14 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. Dos Santos and Dora Lulic followed with seven kills each.
Dos Santos paced the Chants at the net with four blocks as Coastal tallied eight total.
Sara Boothe was the second Chant with a double-double, recording 38 assists and 11 digs.
Coastal returns to the HTC Center on Sunday to host Georgia State for a 12:30 pm match.