Coastal Defeats A-State to Advance to Sun Belt Championship
JONESBORO, Ark. - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team is making its second straight Sun Belt Conference championship appearance after defeating fourth-seeded Arkansas State, 3-1, Saturday night on the Red Wolves' home court. The top-seeded Chanticleers advance to face #2 Texas State in Sunday's championship match at 2 p.m. (CT).
The Chants (19-7) initially fell behind in the match after A-State (20-11) took the opening set, 22-25, but stormed back to claim the following three sets, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20, to secure the victory.
Coastal's Leah Hardeman paced the winning side with 19 kills and a .311 hitting percentage. She finished the double-double with 13 digs, and added three blocks.
Sara Boothe dished out 34 assists, and had Coastal's second double-double as she added 12 digs.
Sydney Alvis led the match with 19 digs, helping the Chanticleer defense limit the Red Wolves to a .228 hitting percentage.
A 5-1 Coastal run midway through the second set propelled the Chants to a 18-13 lead. From there, Coastal maintained at least a three-point cushion for the remainder of the set to even the match at 1-1.
The third set featured an offensive dual between Coastal's Hardeman and A-State's Drew Jones. Hardeman landed seven kills for the Chants, while Jones put down eight kills as the Red Wolves hit .366, their highest percentage of the match. A-State held a slim 20-19 lead as the set was winding down, but the Chants went on a 6-3 run to win the frame and overtake the match lead, 2-1.
Coastal's defense held A-State to hitting .070 in the final set. The Chants tallied 18 digs and four blocks in the period. Hardeman and Alvis each had five digs. Hardeman also had a pair of blocks, and Dos Santos, Dora Lulic and Kinga Windisch supplied blocks as well.
Sunday's championship participants, Coastal Carolina and Texas State, met once during the regular season. The Bobcats handed the Chants their only Sun Belt loss of the season in three sets on Oct. 1 at the HTC Center.