Oct. 18, 2013
RADFORD, Va. - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team moved into a five-way tie for the Big South Conference lead after a 3-2 victory on the road at Radford University. The Chants now own a 4-2 conference record and they are joined at the top by Radford, Gardner-Webb, High Point and Presbyterian.
Coastal improved its overall record to 11-8 on the season while Radford fell to 15-8 overall.
CCU fell in the opening set 25-15 before taking the second set 25-17. CCU took a 2-1 match lead with a 25-22 third set victory. The Highlanders tied up the match in the fourth set 28-26 before CCU closed out the contest with a 15-12 win in the fifth set.
Senior Kindra Bailey led the way for the Chants as she collected 15 kills on 29 attacks while hitting just two errors which equated to a .448 hitting percentage. She added a match-high eight blocks including one solo. Sophomore Gabriella Horvath added 14 kills and 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. She also had a pair of service aces and three blocks. Redshirt sophomore Lian Bernett was the final Chant with double-digit kills as she contributed 10. She also had seven digs and two blocks.
Senior Lauren Alejo dished out 45 assists and chipped in 13 digs for her sixth double-double of the season as well. She also had four kills on five total attacks for a season-high .800 hitting percentage. She also had a season-high three blocks including her second solo block of the season. Redshirt junior Lindsay Gill led the team in digs with 15.
Radford’s Rachel Wiechecki led all hitters with 21 kills while Cheyanne James added 13 kills and 13 digs.
The Chants hit .270 as a team while the Highlanders came in at .237. CCU out-dug the Highlanders, 60-52, and out-blocked them, 12-10.
The Highlanders jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in the opening set and never looked back as they led by three or more points the rest of the set en route to a 25-15 victory.
The second set saw the Chants use a 9-2 run midway through the period to take an 18-9 lead. The run featured a pair of kills by Alejo. Coastal went on to win 25-17 as the Highlanders struggled to recover.
The third set was neck-and-neck the entire way with neither team leading by more than two points the entire set until the final kill by Bailey gave CCU a 25-22 victory.
The fourth set came down to the wire and 25 points would not be enough to take the match. CCU had three match points before a 3-0 run by the Highlanders gave RU the victory. CCU led 24-23, 25-24 and 26-25 but was unable to find the match-winner. A service error, a kill and a solo block gave RU the fourth set win.
The fifth set was once again back-and-forth but with the set tied at 12 a service error by Radford gave CCU the ball. Freshman Morgan Hammer stepped in and put down back-to-back service aces to clinch the match for the Chants.
The Chants will return to action tomorrow, Oct. 19 at noon as they travel to Liberty for another Big South Conference match. The Highlanders will be back on the court Oct. 19 as well as they host Charleston Southern.