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Coastal Forces Fifth Set but Comes Up Short in DIG PINK Match

The Chants fall 3-2 to Winthrop

       

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Oct. 28, 2011

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CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team came back twice against Winthrop University to force a fifth set in the Chanticleers annual DIG PINK match, but ended up falling 3-2. The Chanticleers' fell to 10-17 on the season and to 3-7 in the Big South Conference following scores of 16-25, 25-20, 15-25, 25-23 and 8-15.

Winthrop scored the first two points of the first set and would eventually build an 11-4 lead after Coastal posted an attack error. The Chants were able to pull within four points of the Eagles at 12-8 following a kill by freshman Taylor Stafford. The Eagles used a 7-1 run to extend their lead to 10 and Coastal couldn't recover as Winthrop won the first set 25-16.

Coastal obtained the momentum in the second set taking a three-point lead at 6-3 on a kill by freshman Katie Martin. The Chanticleers expanded their lead to six after going on a 5-1 run to put the score at 13-7. Coastal used one additional run to go ahead 21-13, but the Eagles went on a couple of small runs to pull within four points of the Chants, putting the score at 24-20. Sophomore Meghan Laffin earned the final point of the set on an assist from Sam Skryd to tie the game at one apiece.

The momentum switched in the third set with Winthrop building a 7-3 advantage. Coastal pulled within three points on the ensuing point after freshman Lian Bernett recorded a kill. The Chants came within three points of the Eagles on one other occasion in the third set, but were unable to get any closer, while Winthrop took the set 25-15.

During the fourth set of play the score remained close until Coastal went on a 5-1 run midway through to go ahead 15-10. Winthrop tied the set up at 19-19 after the Chants faltered on an attack. Coastal closed out the set with a key kill by senior Erika Lightsey, who helped give the Chants the 25-23 win.

Following a 2-2 tie in the fifth set the Eagles used a 9-2 run to open up a seven-point lead on the Chants. The Chanticleers wouldn't go down without a fight, as they came within four points of Winthrop, but the Eagles pulled it out in the end winning the set 15-8.

"I always like to go five sets with a number two team in our conference, but I feel like the sets we lost we got crushed, we weren't close" said head coach Kristen Bauer.

"I like to see when we do get the momentum and the fight in us. We need to continue on from here and be better tomorrow."

Bernett finished the match with her sixth double-double, as she recorded 11 kills and 17 digs. Lightsey had a match high 13 digs, while sophomore Lindsay Gill finished with a team high 21 digs. Sophomore Kindra Bailey tallied a career high seven blocks on the night, five of which were solo. Skryd ended the night with a season high 45 assists.

Carolyn Weed led the Eagles in kills with 12, while Kristen Cruse posted 21 digs. Jennica Mullins had a team high eight blocks. Stephanie Palmer recorded 39 assists for Winthrop.

The Coastal volleyball team raised money over the past two weeks with the proceeds going to the Side-Out Foundation and to Caring in Our Lifetime. The Side-Out Foundation was created in 2004 to have players and coaches work together to further breast cancer awareness. Caring in Our Lifetime is a local breast cancer organization that raises funds to provide assistance with medical expenses to those affected by breast cancer in Horry and Georgetown counties.

"I would like to thank everyone who came out to the event tonight, especially those who wore their pink. The girls put a lot into this week and it's a special event for us," said Bauer.

"I would also like to thank everyone who put time into the event, as well as to our staff who had this on their mind for months."

Coastal returns to action tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. in their final home Big South Conference match-up of the season against Presbyterian.