Coastal Volleyball Holds Off Georgia State
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina and Georgia State battled to a match-deciding fifth set Sunday afternoon at the HTC Center, and the Chanticleers would not be denied an unbeaten weekend as they claimed the final game to hold off the Panthers, 25-19, 18-25, 25-19, 21-25, 15-10.
Coastal's back-to-back Sun Belt victories this weekend improve the Chants to 8-7 overall and 5-1 in league play. GSU, meanwhile, falls to 8-11, 2-4.
Highlighting the match were Leah Hardeman's 25 kills, which moved the senior outside hitter into sole possession of third place on Coastal's career kills list with 1,563. Hardeman passed Jeanne Lambert (1998-02) on the list as she recorded her third 20-plus kill match of the season. Hardeman also registered a team-leading 16 kills for her 11th double-double of the season, and posted a .489 hitting percentage.
Kinga Windisch and Sara Boothe joined Hardeman with double-doubles. It was the first of the season for Windisch, who tallied 13 kills and 11 digs. Boothe led all players with 39 assists and finished second for the Chants with 14 digs.
Freshman Aristea Tontai had four blocks individually as Coastal finished with six as a team.
Coastal claimed the opening set while hitting .237 to Georgia State's .077, but the Panthers responded by hitting .156 and holding the Chants to .088 in the second to even the match.
The third set was tied just once, and Coastal never surrendered the lead, as the Chants won the period 25-19 to reclaim the match lead. Hardeman and Windisch combined for 11 kills in the frame to lead Coastal to a .257 hitting percentage, its highest of the match.
Hardeman had another six-kill effort in the fourth, but Georgia State's 24 digs helped propel the Panthers to a four-point set win that evened the match. It was the tightest set of the match, and featured 12 ties and three lead changes.
The deciding set saw no ties or lead changes as the Chants led from start to finish. Ladewig served the Chants to an early lead, and a 4-1 Coastal run later in the game gave the home side some breathing room with a 10-6 advantage. Coastal later claimed four of the final five points to finish off the match.
The Chants close out their five-match home stand next Friday when they host Appalachian State for a 6:30 pm match at the HTC Center.