Oct. 22, 2011
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team downed Gardner-Webb, 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-18), Saturday afternoon at Kimbel Arena to sweep the season series. The Chanticleers previously defeated the Runnin' Bulldogs, 3-2, at the Coastal Carolina Classic.
The Chanticleers broke the Runnin' Bulldogs' two-match win streak to improve to 9-16 on the season and to 3-6 in the Big South while Gardner-Webb falls to 7-15 overall and 3-5 in the league. The Chants have now won their last four encounters with Gardner-Webb.
The Chants jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first set. Gardner-Webb pulled within one, at 7-6 following a service ace, Coastal Carolina scored the next three points to extend their lead back to four points following three errors by the Runnin' Bulldogs. Coastal was able to hold onto the momentum, until Gardner-Webb tied the set up at 19-19 on a kill by Tyler Cockrell. However, the Runnin' Bulldogs recorded a service error to give Coastal the serve back, as well as the lead. Coastal was able to hold onto the lead for the remainder of the set and took the game by a score of 25-23.
Gardner-Webb came out strong in the early part of the second set, but the Chants were able to use a 5-0 run to build an 8-3 lead. The Runnin' Bulldogs responded with a run of their own midway through the set to tie the score at 14 apiece. Gardner-Webb took their fourth lead of the set on the ensuing point, but they were unable to hold the lead for long as Coastal scored the next three points to take a 17-15 advantage. The set remained close until the end with Gardner-Webb holding set point twice, but the Chants came away with the set after an attack error by Gardner-Webb and a kill by Coastal freshman Katie Martin to secure set point, winning 27-25.
Coastal jumped out to the 4-0 lead in the third set and would not look back, as Gardner-Webb was only able to pull within two points of the Chanticleers, which came early on in the set. The Chants took the set by a score of 25-18.
"I think it's a confidence builder," said head coach Kristen Bauer, after earning the win. "It's good to have a `W' and good to let our players see they are capable of coming back, that we are capable of beating a good team."
Senior Erika Lightsey posted a match-high nine kills, while sophomore Sam Skryd recorded 29 assists, 10 digs and four blocks. Sophomore Kindra Bailey also had four blocks in the match for Coastal. Sophomore Lindsay Gill had a team-high 11 digs and tied Martin with two service aces.
Leading the way for the Runnin' Bulldogs was Lauren Evans with eight kills, Evan Moffitt finished with 14 digs and Cockrell tallied four blocks. Heather Feldman recorded 21 assists on the afternoon.
Coastal will return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 25, when they travel to Charleston, S.C., to take on The Citadel at 6 p.m. at McAlilster Field House.