Aug. 24, 2009
2008 Record: 21-13
2008 Conference Record: 11-2 (Atlantic 10)
Head Coach: Kelly Sheffield
Series Record: Dayton leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Dayton won 3-1 in 2004
Notes: Advanced to NCAA First Round in 2008... Has advanced to NCAA’s in five of the past six years... Selected second in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll... Returns Lindsay Fletemier, who was selected as a 2008 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American and led the Atlantic 10 in hitting percentage with .342... Kacie Hausfeld averaged 9.04 assists per game... Eight players on the team stand 6’0” or higher with the tallest being Fletemier at 6’6”.
Purdue Boilermakers (Tournament Host)
2008 Record: 26-9
2008 Conference Record: 13-7 (Big Ten)
Head Coach: Dave Shondell
Series Record: Purdue leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Purdue won 3-0 in 2005
Notes: Advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2008... Finished the 2008 season ranked 11th in the nation and currently ranks 16th in the AVCA Top 25... Selected sixth in the Big Ten preseason poll... Returns three starters including Kristen Arthurs, Jaclyn Hart, and Lisa Pierce... Hart averaged a team-best 9.87 assists per game... Freshman class ranked as the eighth-best recruiting class in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com.
Ball State Cardinals
2008 Record: 12-21
2008 Conference Record: 6-10 (Mid-American)
Head Coach: Dave Boos
Series Record: Ball State leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Ball State won 3-0 in 1998
Notes: The Cardinals return all six starters plus its libero in 2009... Had a pair of 2008 MAC All-Freshman selections in Jennifer Boyd and Brittany McGinnis... McGinnis averaged 9.80 assists per game, which ranks sixth in the Ball State record book... Sophomore Alyssa Rio averaged 4.46 digs per game and ranked sixth in the conference.
Familiar Names and Faces
Coastal Carolina returns 11 of 14 players from 2008. The veterans include seniors Meagan Tracey, Megan Pollard, and Jill Nyhof, juniors Megan Bickford, Chelsy Kimes, Amanda Russell, Kristin Cozzens and Becky Stowers and sophomores Erika Lightsey, Kelsie Mauck and Simone Autry.
Two freshmen are on Coastal Carolina’s roster for the 2009 season. New to the team this year are Sierra Livesay and Samantha Palka.
Coastal Second in Preseason Poll
In the Big South Conference Preseason Poll, Coastal Carolina was picked second by the league’s coaches. The Chanticleers collected 67 points in the poll. Liberty claimed the top spot in the poll with 81 points and nine first-place votes.
Kimes Named to Preseason All-Conference
Junior Chelsy Kimes was one of seven players to be selected to the Preseason All-Big South Conference Team. Kimes, known as one of the Big South’s most lethal attackers, ranked number one in both kills and service aces in the Big South.
Hitting the books has paid off for senior Jill Nyhof. The Alpharetta, Ga. native was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III University Division First Team and named the 2008 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Nyhof carries a perfect 4.0 grade-point average as a political science major.
Getting Over The Hump
Coastal Carolina has played all three teams at the Mortar Board Premier only once, losing to all three. It will be the second meeting between the Chanticleers and Dayton, Purdue, and Ball State.
It’s A Long Road...
Coastal Carolina will start off the 2009 season playing its first nine matches on the road. The Chants will travel just over 2,400 miles round-trip on the road in its first three weekends. They start at the Mortar Board Premier in West Lafayette, Ind., and then head to Columbia, S.C. for the Gamecock Invitational. The team finishes at the Bash in the ‘Boro tournament in Statesboro, Ga. before returning home on Sept. 18 for the Comfort Suites Invitational.
On the Attack
Junior Chelsy Kimes hit double-digit kills in 27 matches and notched 12 double-doubles. Coastal Carolina went 10-2 in 2008 when Kimes had a double-double.
Dishing It Out
Senior Meagan Tracey recorded three 50-plus assist matches in 2008. The setter from Scottsdale, Ariz., ranks second all-time among Coastal Carolina’s set assist per game leaders, averaging 10.13. She also ranks third all-time in set assists with 3,374.
Chelsy Kimes finished the 2008 season ranked 25th in the NCAA in service aces tallying a career-high 58, which also led the Big South.
Coastal’s Overall Leaders
Listed below is where the Chanticleers ranked among the Big South’s overall leaders at the end of 2008.
Hitting Percentage: Megan Bickford, .323 (3rd)
Kills: Chelsy Kimes, 3.83 per game (2nd)
Assists: Meagan Tracey, 8.53 per game (4th)
Blocks: Jill Nyhof, 1.19 per game (1st)
Digs: Brett Starbuck, 4.27 per game (4th)
Service Aces: Chelsy Kimes, 0.45 per game (1st)
All In the Conference
Listed below is how the Chants ranked in the Big South in only conference-only matches:
Hitting Percentage: Megan Bickford, .294 (3rd)
Kills Chelsy Kimes, 4.39 per game (1st)
Assists: Meagan Tracey, 9.65 per game (3rd)
Blocks: Jill Nyhof, 1.26 per game (1st)
Digs: Brett Starbuck, 5.46 per game (2nd)
Service Aces: Chelsy Kimes, 0.46 per game (1st)
Sweeping a tournament can be a difficult feat, but Coastal Carolina swept the South Carolina State Invitational last season by defeating South Carolina State 3-0, North Carolina Central 3-0, Wofford 3-1 and Hampton 3-0 in Orangeburg, S.C. on Sept. 19-20.
When In August
Under head coach Kristen Bauer, Coastal Carolina is 8-9 in the month of August. Of those eight wins, six have come in tournament action.
Coming Up Next
The Chanticleers travel to Columbia, S.C., for the Gamecock Invitational on Sept. 4-5.