Nov. 15, 2013
BUIES CREEK, N.C. - The Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina won their fourth straight match to keep their Big South Regular Season Championship hopes alive. The Chants downed Campbell University 3-1 and are now one win away from their fifth Big South Championship in program history.
Coastal is now 17-10 overall and 10-3 in Big South play. The Highlanders of Radford University are also 10-3 in Big South action and also have a shot at taking the Big South title. If both teams win their respective matches tomorrow they will be co-champions and CCU will be the top seed in the Big South tournament due to the Chants 3-2 win over Radford earlier this season.
The Chants take on High Point who is 14-14 overall and 8-5 in conference play. The Panthers downed the Chants 3-2 earlier this season. The Highlanders will travel to UNC Asheville who is 17-12 overall and 7-6 in conference play. The Highlanders swept the Bulldogs 3-0 earlier this season.
The Chants won tonight’s match 25-13, 25-16, 18-25 and 25-18. The Fighting Camels fell to 13-16 overall and 3-10 in Big South play.
Redshirt sophomore Lian Bernett led the Chants with 14 kills and six digs while sophomore Gabriella Horvath added 11 kills, 12 digs and three service aces. Senior Meghan Laffin chipped in nine kills as well. Senior Lindsay Gill led the defensive effort with 21 digs while junior Jenna Orner had 10. Senior Lauren Alejo dished out 40 assists while picking up 13 digs.
The Chants hit .238 as a unit while Campbell was held to a .133 hitting percentage. CCU out-dug the Camels 67-64, out-blocked them 5-4 and had nine service aces compared to CU’s five.
CCU stormed out of the gates in the first set opening up a quick 12-4 lead. The hot start would continue throughout the first set as the Chants coasted to a 25-13 victory. Bernett led the way with three kills in the stanza.
The second set was just like the first with the Chants taking a 25-16 victory. Senior Kindra Bailey was perfect in the set with four kills on four attacks while Bernett chipped in four kills on six attacks. The Chants had a team hitting percentage of .419 during the period.
CCU took an early 4-1 lead in the third set but a 12-7 run by the Camels gave Campbell a 13-11 lead midway through the period. CU kept the Chants at bay as they led the rest of the way including using a 3-0 run to close the set 25-18.
The fourth and final set once again began with a 4-1 run by the Chants but the Camels fought back and tied the set at five. CCU used a number of small runs to pull away throughout the period including a 4-1 run to close out the set. Horvath led the way in the final set with six kills while Bernett added four.
The Chants will return to action tomorrow, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. as they travel to High Point.