Oct. 11, 2013
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team cruised past visiting Charleston Southern Friday evening, 3-0. The Chants doubled the Buccaneers in every offensive category while winning in straight sets 25-11, 25-10 and 25-17.
Coastal improved its record to 10-8 on the season and 3-2 in Big South Conference play while Charleston Southern fell to 5-14 overall and 0-5 in conference play.
Redshirt sophomore Lian Bernett led the Chanticleer attack with 13 kills on 27 attacks while compiling a .407 hitting percentage. She added eight digs, a service ace and two blocks. Sophomore Gabriella Horvath had 10 kills on 22 attacks with a .409 hitting percentage. She added seven digs, a block and a service ace to her total. Sophomore Eszter Nagy was the final Chant with double-digit kills with 10 on 18 attacks while compiling a .556 hitting percentage. She also had a block.
Senior Kindra Bailey had a match-high five blocks including three solo. With her five blocks she moved her career total to 255 which pushed her past Lauren Wozniak (1999-02) for ninth in the CCU record book.
Redshirt junior Lindsay Gill and junior Jenna Orner tied for the team lead with nine digs while senior Lauren Alejo dished out a match-high 38 assists. Alejo added two kills on two attacks for a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage.
Kayla Klinger led the Bucs with nine kills and eight digs while North Myrtle Beach High School product Taylor Allman led Charleston Southern with 10 digs.
The Chants had a team hitting percentage of .440 which ranks as the best hitting percentage this season by CCU. The Buccaneers managed just a .045 hitting percentage. Coastal out-blocked CSU 7-2 and out-dug the Bucs 43-35.
Charleston Southern picked up the first point of the match on a kill by Katrina Houston but CCU would score 12 of the next 15 points to take a 12-4 lead. The Chants would coast from there as CCU won the first set 25-11 while holding CSU to a -.067 hitting percentage.
The second set was much like the first with the Chants outscoring the Bucs 12-5 over the opening 17 points. CCU would win the set 25-10 while holding Charleston Southern to just five kills in the set.
The third set was much closer with both teams ending up tied after the opening 16 points, 8-8. CCU made a slight run to take a 12-8 lead but the Buccaneers were able to cut the lead to two at 14-12. A kill by Nagy and back-to-back blocks by the Chants pushed CCU’s lead to 17-12. The Bucs cut the lead to four on two different occasions but that would be as close as they would get as the Chants pulled away for a 25-17 victory.
The Chants will return to action Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. as they travel to Radford for another Big South Conference match. The Buccaneers will be back on the court Oct. 18 as well as they travel to Liberty.