Oct. 10, 2009
CONWAY, S.C. – The Coastal Carolina University volleyball team defeated Presbyterian 3-1 (27-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-20) on Saturday afternoon at the Templeton Center. The Chanticleers move to 9-9 and 3-2 in the Big South while the Blue Hose fall to 7-14 overall and 2-5 in the Big South.
Junior Chelsy Kimes had a season-high with 20 kills against the Blue Hose while Jill Nyhof led the Chanticleers with 10 total blocks. Senior Meagan Tracey guided the team with a season-high 52 assists and Megan Pollard finished with 18 digs.
In the first set, both teams stayed close, forcing 12 ties. With the set tied at 24-all, the Blue Hose took the lead 25-24, but the Chants came back to tie the set for the final time at 25-all with a kill by Kimes. An ace by Tracey put the Chants up one and Sierra Livesay iced the set with a kill to put Coastal Carolina up 1-0 in the match. Coastal Carolina held the Blue Hose to a .167 team hitting percentage in the first set to its team hitting percentage of .209.
The second set was similar to the first as both teams never allowed the other to go on a big run and forced seven ties with the final draw at 10-all. After the 10-all tie, Presbyterian went on a 4-0 run, the biggest run of the set thus far and never allowed the Chants to build a comeback. The Blue Hose would take set two, tying the match 1-1. Neither team hit well as the Chanticleers were held to a .108 team hitting percentage.
Coastal Carolina took the third set to go up 2-1 in the match with the help of Jill Nyhof’s five blocks in the set. The Chants went out to an early 7-3 lead and kept the lead throughout the whole set. Freshman Samantha Palka had her first start of her collegiate career and served the Chants to three points and had two digs and one block.
With Coastal Carolina up 2-1, the Blue Hose went out to an early 3-0 lead, but with Megan Pollard behind the service line for the Chants, Coastal Carolina would come back to tie the set at 3-all. Both teams went back and forth and the Chants went on a 4-0 run in the middle of the set with the help of three Blue Hose errors to go up 20-14. Presbyterian would try to build a late comeback, going on a 3-0 run of its own to shorten the lead to 23-18, but it wouldn’t be enough as kills by Megan Bickford and Kimes would end the match. Bickford finished the fourth set with two blocks, four kills and a hitting percentage of .800.
Coastal Carolina returns home on Tues., Oct. 13 to face Charleston Southern at 6 p.m. It will be the first game of a three-game homestand for the Chanticleers.