Oct. 12, 2012
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team kept its five-set Big South Conference streak alive as the Chants upended conference rival Radford University, 3-2, Friday evening inside The HTC Center. The Chanticleers have now played 10 five-set matches including all six of the Big South Conference matches this season. The CCU record for five-set matches in a season is 12 and the Chants have nine regular season matches remaining on the schedule.
With the victory Coastal improves to 6-10 on the season and 4-2 in conference play which puts them in sole possession of third place in the conference standings. The Highlanders fell to 12-11 on the year and 2-4 in BSC play which moves them into a tie for eighth in the standings.
Coastal was led by junior Kindra Bailey who provided 19.0 of the Chants 79.0 points. She had a career-high six service aces, eight blocks including two solo and eight kills. Freshman Gabriella Horvath led the team in kills with 16 while picking up nine digs and a block assist.
Freshman Monica Hall had 11 kills and seven block assists while junior Meghan Laffin added 12 kills and four digs. Junior Lauren Alejo dished out 39 assists and had 14 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. Sophomore Jenna Orner led the team with 24 digs while junior Sam Skryd picked up her first double-double of the season with 11 assists and 17 digs.
The Chants took the opening two sets 25-18 and 25-22 to take a commanding early lead. It looked to be in the Chants control late in the third set as they went up 24-22 but an attack error and back-to-back kills by Emily Carlin gave the Highlanders a 25-24 lead. After a service error and a kill by Horvath the Chants had their third match-point of the evening at 26-25 but once again Carlin had the answer with a kill. On the very next point Savanna Burton and Emma Deininger combined to block the Chants attack to give RU a 27-26 lead. A kill by Cheyanne James ended the set 28-26 pushing the match to four sets.
The fourth set was all Highlanders as the jumped out to the early lead and never looked back taking a 25-19 victory to push the match to five.
Everything came together in the fifth set as both teams would not relinquish the lead for long. The Chants jumped out to an early 3-0 lead off kills by Horvath and Bailey and a block by Bailey and Hall but the Highlanders would answer with four-straight points including kills from Yacine Meyer and Carlin, a block by Carlin and Nicole Lambert and an attack error by the Chants. From the 4-3 mark the Chants and Highlanders traded points almost the entire rest of the set. With the score knotted at 14 a kill by Horvath gave the Chants their fourth match-point of the evening with the first three coming all the way back in the third set. A timeout by Radford halted the action but a massive block by freshmen Eszter Nagy and Monica Hall ended the match in the Chants favor 16-14.
Coastal hit .193 as a team while Radford swung at a .116 clip. The Chants had 59 kills compared to RU’s 53. CCU dug up 82 balls while the Highlanders had 71 and the Chants picked up 12 blocks while RU had 13.
The Highlanders were led by Emily Carlin who had a match-high 21 kills and 14 digs for a double-double.
The Chanticleers will return to action tomorrow, Oct. 13, at 11:30 a.m. as they welcome in Liberty University who defeated Charleston Southern on the road tonight, 3-2.
The Highlanders will travel to Charleston tomorrow night to take on Charleston Southern at 7 p.m.