Nov. 21, 2013
CLINTON - The Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina picked up their first sweep in a Big South Conference Tournament match since 2009 when the Chants went on to win the championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament. Coastal downed host and number seven seed Presbyterian College 25-18, 25-22 and 25-20. CCU will now take on number three seed High Point University in the semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m.
CCU improves to 18-11 on the season while the Blue Hose drop to 9-22.
“Presbyterian played really well, but at the crucial time Coastal was better and won the game,” said head coach Jozsef Forman following the match. “I really want to congratulate my team. In front of a big crowd this was an excellent Big South tournament game. I have to say, the setter, outside hitter and middle blocker for Presbyterian were excellent. They are a really well coached team. We lost our last four games [at Presbyterian], for the first time we won and I am really happy about my teams performance.”
CCU’s two Hungarians led the way in the quarterfinals as sophomores Gabriella Horvath and Eszter Nagy registered 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Horvath came up one dig short of a double-double with nine while Nagy picked up a pair of blocks. Nagy did not register an error the entire match as she picked up her 12 kills on 18 swings for a .667 hitting percentage. Sophomore Lian Bernett chipped in nine kills, nine digs and two blocks.
Seniors Kindra Bailey and Meghan Laffin chipped in seven and six kills, respectively. Senior Lauren Alejo dished out 41 assists and picked up six digs in the three sets while libero Lindsay Gill added nine digs.
Halle Tripp led the Blue Hose with 11 kills while Mary Trimpe and Kelly Berryman each had seven.
The victory at PC was the first for the Chants since the 2010 season. CCU lost at PC earlier this season, 3-2. The 3-0 sweep was also the first for the Chants in conference tournament action since a 3-0 sweep of UNC Asheville in the 2009 semifinals. The Chants went on to win the entire tournament that season and advance to their third NCAA Tournament.
The Blue Hose took the early advantage in the first set but an 8-2 run by the Chants gave CCU a 10-6 lead midway through the set. CCU would hold onto a three-point lead for most of the first set before using a 5-0 run to close out the set, 25-18. Three of the five points came on Horvath attacks while the other two were a Nagy kill and a Bailey service ace.
Just like the first set the Blue Hose took the early control but an 11-3 run by the Chants gave CCU a 14-9 lead midway through the set. A 7-2 run by the Blue Hose late in the set tied the score at 21 but CCU would answer with a 4-1 run to close the set as Horvath closed the set with back-to-back kills.
It was the Chants who took early control of the third set but just like the two previous sets the trailing team made a run as the Blue Hose used an 8-4 run to take a 12-11 lead. CCU would answer a few points later with a 6-2 run to take a 19-15 lead. The Chants held off the charging Blue Hose as Nagy closed out the match with a kill at 25-20.
Coastal will return to action tomorrow night at 7 p.m. as they face the third seeded Panthers of High Point. High Point defeated the Chants twice this season including the season finale that took away CCU’s chance at a Big South Regular Season Championship. High Point won both matches in five sets.