Nov. 16, 2013
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.