Oct. 7, 2011
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team won their second straight conference match by beating Charleston Southern 3-0 at home on Friday. The Chanticleers improved to 8-12 on the season and to 2-3 in the Big South Conference.
Coastal jumped out to a 7-3 lead over the Buccaneers with sophomore Lauren Alejo earning two of the points on service aces and freshman Lian Bernett earning two points on kills. The Chanticleers extended their lead to ten following another kill by Bernett, who put the score at 19-9. Charleston Southern scored the next five points to make it a 19-14 game, but the Buccaneers were unable to pull any closer as Coastal took the first set 25-17.
The second set was close the whole match with five lead changes and 12 ties. Bernett helped give the Chants the second set as she recorded a kill and a service aces to put the final score at 26-24.
During the third set, Charleston Southern jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but Alejo tied the score up at four all on a service ace. The Buccaneers regained the lead on the ensuing point and would build up a five point lead taking the 10-5 advantage. Coastal eventually fought back and tied the score at 16-16 following a 4-0 run. The Chants went on to score the next two points, but Charleston Southern was able to tie the set up at 18 a piece on a kill by Morgan Hadden and an attack error by Coastal. The Chanticleers used a 7-3 run to close out the set and take the 25-21 win.
"I think we played together as a team, we had times where we got in a rut, but we didn't let that shake us and we pushed through and pulled out the win in three sets," said Bailey.
Coastal posted a .283 attacking percentage on the evening and had the 11-3 advantage in service aces. The Chants also finished with 43 kills and 38 digs.
Bernett finished the match with 15 kills and an attacking percentage of .364. Alejo tallied five service aces on the evening, while fellow classmate Lindsay Gill recorded 13 digs. Sophomore Sam Skryd ended the night with 34 assists. Leading the team in attack percentage was Bailey with a .533 following eight kills on 15 attempts. She also had a team high two blocks.
Kayla Klinger led Charleston Southern in kills with nine, while Amy Nokes finished with a team high 18 assists and nine digs. Wynter Davis posted an attacking percentage of .286 on seven kills, three errors, and 14 attempts.
Coastal will look to make it three wins in a row when they return to action on Tuesday, October 11 against South Carolina State in Orangeburg, S.C. at 6:00 p.m.