Nov. 3, 2013
CONWAY - The Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina found themselves down 2-0 after the opening two sets against Winthrop Sunday afternoon and had a team hitting percentage of just .148 while compiling seven service errors and zero aces. The Chants went on to hit .352 over the final three sets, while picking up seven service aces and seven service errors, and win 3-2. The fourth set featured the most drama as both teams fought off a combined five set points as the Chants won 30-28.
Sophomore Gabriella Horvath had 18 kills and 12 digs while hitting .406 for the Chants as Coastal improved to 15-10 overall and 8-3 in Big South play. The win moves the Chants into sole possession of first place in the Big South standings with three matches to play. CCU holds a half game lead over Radford whom the Chants defeated 3-2 earlier this season. Senior Meghan Laffin, who was one of five seniors playing their final home match of their careers, had 16 kills while hitting .361 for the match. Redshirt sophomore Lian Bernett was the final Chant with double-digit kills as she prodiced 15 kills, seven digs, four blocks and a pair of service aces.
Junior Katie Martin came up big for the Chants off the bench as she had nine kills, two blocks and a service ace. Senior Lauren Alejo had 53 helpers and 12 digs in the match while senior Lindsay Gill led the Chants with 22 digs.
CCU used 14 student-athletes in the match and all 14 played in at least two sets.
The Eagles, who were led by Jackie Landers' 19 kills and 13 digs, fell to 13-12 overall and 4-7 in Big South action.
The Eagles out-dug (68-67) and out-blocked (7-5) the Chants but it was CCU who won the hitting percentage (.277-.264) and service aces (7-5) categories.
The Chants fell behind early losing the opening two sets 25-15 and 25-19 but it was a 25-20 third set that started the CCU comeback.
Leading 20-19 late in the third set, the Chants began a 5-1 run which would cut the Eagles' match lead to 2-1. Bernett contributed a pair of kills and a block assist to the run while a kill from sophomore Eszter Nagy and a bad set by the Eagles contributed the other two points. Martin combined with Bernett on the final block which gave CCU the set three victory.
The Eagles came out on fire in the fourth set winning the opening six points. Down 20-15 late in the fourth set, the Chants rallied to take a 22-21 lead thanks to a service ace from Alejo. The points would bounce back and forth with the Chants earning five set points and the Eagles earning one match point. CCU led 24-23, 25-24, 27-26, 28-27 and 29-28 while the Eagles had their lone match point at 26-25. The fifth and final set point for the Chants finally paid off as an attack from the Eagles went wide and the Chants captured a 30-28 victory.
The fifth set was the most lopsided of all the sets on the day as CCU cruised to a 15-5 victory. Bernett and Laffin combined for eight of the Chants 15 points. Bernett had a pair of service aces and two kills while Laffin threw down four kills.
The matched marked the final home game for seniors Laffin, Alejo, Gill, Michelle Folwe and Kindra Bailey.
The Chants will return to action this Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. as they travel to Charleston Southern University. The Eagles will return home to face Gardner-Webb on Friday at 7 p.m. as well.