Aug. 11, 2011
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University volleyball team has hit the ground running since preseason practices began on Saturday, August 6 with two-a-days. The Chanticleers will be looking to improve on last year's fifth place finish in the Big South Conference.
Coastal will be relying on their three seniors to set the tempo for the season and to help the underclassman make an impact during the upcoming year. "Erika Lightsey, Kelsie Mauck and Simone Autry have shown leadership so far by speaking up during drills in practice, as well as taking a couple of time outs to get the team back on the same page," stated head coach, Kristen Bauer. "The seniors also planned an evening out with the team and have assisted the freshman in some off court activities to make sure they will succeed in college."
Bauer has been pleased with the four freshmen, as most of them played up through July 4, allowing them to come into preseason in good volleyball shape. "The biggest adjustment for them is going to be the tempo of college volleyball," commented Bauer. The team has also pleased the head coach with their enthusiasm in the gym and the defensive play this season, as this team has more control compared to last year's squad.
Sophomore Meghan Laffin will be a key player during the 2011 season, as she was named to the 2010 Big South Conference all-freshman team. Laffin played in every match for the Chanticleers during her freshman campaign. She was second on the team in service aces (27) and total blocks (88), as well as third in kills (229).
The Chanticleers will open the season with the UNC Greensboro Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27. Coastal will play four games over the two day period and have been preparing for the event by playing six versus six so that the young team can get accustomed to playing with one another. The team has also worked on aggressive serving and relentless pursuit of the ball.
Two a days will end for the Chants on Sunday, August 21 where they will then have four practices before heading to Greensboro. During the two a day sessions the team has also participated in position practices, weight lifting, as well as having fun by doing various team building activities.