Nov. 2, 2012
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team picked up its first 3-0 sweep inside The HTC Center while extending its winning streak against Charleston Southern in Conway. The Chanticleers have now defeated the Lady Buccaneers 19-straight times in Conway.
The win moved the Chants to 10-13 overall and 8-4 in Big South Conference play while the Lady Bucs fall to 12-19 and 4-8 in Big South action. The Chants now sit in a tie for second in the Big South standings with Presbyterian while the Lady Bucs fall to ninth in the standings.
Coastal was led by junior Meghan Laffin who had her best match of the season with 16 kills on 25 attacks and just two errors. She led the team with a .560 attack percentage while adding a block and a dig. Classmate Kindra Bailey added 11 kills with just one error for a .526 attack percentage. She also added a team-high three blocks and four digs. Freshman Eszter Nagy chipped in 10 kills with a pair of digs and a block.
Freshman Gabriella Horvath came up just shy of a double-double with nine kills and nine digs while adding a block. Sophomore libero Jenna Orner led the team with 14 digs while senior Jamie DiMaggio chipped in 11. Junior Lauren Alejo averaged over 11 assists per set while tallying a total of 44 assists and eight digs.
Coastal hit .339 as a team while holding the Lady Bucs to a .126 average. CCU won the dig battle 56-45 while the Lady Bucs took the blocks, 7-4.
Meredith Parrott led the Lady Bucs with 10 kills and three blocks while Kirsten Struksnes led the defense with 12 digs and set the offense with 18 assists.
The Lady Bucs and Chants opened the first set with some back-and-forth action. With the score tied at nine the Chants began a 10-4 run powered by Laffin who provided four kills in the stretch. The Chants held off the Lady Bucs the rest of the set as Coastal out-scored CSU 6-5 to close the period 25-18.
Coastal jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in the second set thanks to freshmen Eszter Nagy and Monica Hall. Nagy and Hall traded kills for a total of five points while Nagy and Alejo combined for a block. Horvath added a kill and a CSU attack error gave Coastal their opening eight points.
The Lady Bucs worked their way back into the set eventually cutting the lead to just one at 14-13. CCU and CSU would play a close set the rest of the way but with the score at 20-18 the Chants began a 5-2 run to close out the set, 25-20. Laffin and Bailey each had two kills in the run while a CSU attack error accounted for the other CCU point.
The third set opened up much like the first with neither team giving the other much of an edge. With the score in CCU’s favor at 9-8 the Chants scored four of the next five points to open up a 13-9 lead. The Lady Bucs quickly cut the lead to 14-12 but a kill by Laffin sparked a 7-2 run by the Chants to make the score 21-14. After back-to-back points by CSU the Chants would score four of the next five points to close out the set 25-17.
Coastal will return to action next Friday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. as the Chants host Campbell who fell to 0-11 in Big South play this evening with a 3-0 loss at home to Radford.
The Lady Bucs return to action Nov. 9 as well at home against High Point at 7 p.m.