CCU

Volleyball Falls to High Point in Five-Set Regular-Season Finale

Coastal will be the No. 2 seed for the Big South Tournament

       

Redshirt sophomore Lian Bernett had 20 kills and 12 digs Saturday.

Redshirt sophomore Lian Bernett had 20 kills and 12 digs Saturday.

Nov. 16, 2013

Final Stats

HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Coastal Carolina volleyball twice battled back from one-set deficits, but fell to host High Point 3-2 in a hard-fought five-set match Saturday afternoon in both teams' final regular-season match.

High Point rallied to take the deciding fifth game 20-18 and improve to 15-14 overall and 9-5 in the Big South Conference. Coastal finished the regular season 17-11 overall and 10-4 in Big South play, claiming second place in the conference and the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Big South Tournament.

The Panthers won the first and third games Saturday 25-19 and 25-20, before the Chanticleers answered back in the second and fourth sets 25-23 and 25-22.

Lian Bernett paced Coastal with a double-double of 20 kills and 12 digs, while Gabriella Horvath added 11 kills and six digs. Lindsay Gill racked up a team-high 21 digs and Lauren Alejo dished out 48 assists to go along with 14 digs. Annayka Legros came off the bench to record a team-best six blocks. Bernett was also the Chants' leader in points for the match.

Coastal trailed 20-18 in the fourth set, before rallying to take a 22-21 lead. After High Point evened the score, the Chants claimed the last three points on a kill by Esther Nagy and two Panther errors.

CCU ran off six straight points, including five by Horvath, to build a 7-1 lead in the fifth. High Point, though, used 6-1 run of its own to tie the game at 10-10 and went ahead 12-11 shortly after. Coastal then rebounded with the next three points to lead 14-12 on a kill by Nagy, an ace by Alejo and a kill by Bernett.

The Panthers fought off the two match points and eventually grabbed leads of 16-15, 17-16 and 18-17 but the Chants saved match points each time with help from kills by Bernett and Katie Martin. However, High Point finally closed out the set and the match with a kill and a Coastal error.

High Point finished the match with a .220 hitting percentage and 75 digs, while Coastal had a .145 hitting percentage and 69 digs. In the fifth game, the Panthers hit .276, while the Chants averaged just .143. Coastal hit a match-best .333 in the fourth set.

Radford defeated UNC Asheville in four sets Saturday to grab the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament, which begins Thursday and will be held at Presbyterian College.