Scouting the Hokies: Concluded the 2007 season with a 14-18 record overall, playing to an 8-14 record in the ACC… The Hokies return 2007 ACC Freshman of the Year Felicia Willoughby, who set single-season and freshman school records for total blocks (172) and block assists (143), and led the ACC with 1.51 blocks per game… Picked to finish eighth overall in the 2008 ACC Preseason Poll.
Hitting the Road
Coastal Carolina start the 2008 season with eight road matches. The Chanticleers will play three matches at the Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va., and then travel to Wichita, Kan., for five matches in three days at the Wichita State Best Western Shocker Classic.Home Sweet Home Senior Brett Starbuck and sophomore Becky Stowers will return to their home state of Virginia when the Chanticleers participate in the Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational. A Fresh Start The Chanticleers welcome newcomers Simone Autry, Erika Lightsey, and Kelsie Mauck. Can you Dig It??? Brett Starbuck ranks among digs leaders, sitting in ninth place with 1,089 digs. Starbuck recorded two 30-dig matches in 2007. The libero/defensive specialist from Glen Allen, Va. tallied 30 digs against Radford Oct. 19. Just a week earlier, Starbuck set a new career-high with 37 digs against High Point Oct. 12, which was the most to be recorded by a Big South player in a single match during the 2007 season. Trace it Back to Tracey Coastal Carolina can trace most of their points back to junior Meagan Tracey. Tracey is fourth in career assists (2,385) and ranks second (10.99) in assists per game. Jill Kill Jill Nyhof finished 2007 in the sixth spot in the Coastal Carolina record books, averaging 3.32 kills per game. Climbing to the Top Sophomore Megan Bickford soared to the top of the record book with a .337 hitting percentage, bypassing Mindy Burst’s career record of .309. Bickford ended the year registering 1.02 blocks per game, leaving with the third spot among Coastal Carolina leaders.
Looking Back at 2007...
Nyhof Named to Big South All-Tournament Team Jill Nyhof was selected to the Big South Conference All-Tournament Team in 2007. Nyhof hit .429 and had 24 kills in two matches. Against Radford in the quarterfinals, the Alpharetta, Ga. native, hit a career-best .593 with 17 kills off 27 total attacks. Against top-seeded Liberty in the semifinal, she had seven kills and five total blocks.
All-Conference Honors for Bickford
Megan Bickford received Big South First Team All-Conference honors for her performance during the 2007 season. Bickford is just one of three Coastal players to receive First Team All-Conference in their first season with the Chanticleers, joining the ranks of Roberta Croteau and Coastal Carolina’s all-time kills and kills per game leader Katherine Jensen-Spencer.Two Make All-Freshman Team Coastal Carolina returns 2007 Big South All-Freshman Team selections Megan Bickford and Chelsy Kimes. It is the first time two Coastal Carolina players have received the honor in a single season. The Chanticleers were the only team to have two players on the 2007 All-Freshman Team. It’s Academic Hitting the books is paying off for Jill Nyhof. She was selected to the Big South’s All-Academic Team as well as earning ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District III University Division Second Team honors. It Only Takes One Three Chanticleers finished the 2007 season ranked among Coastal Carolina’s single season record leaders. Brett Starbuck is now the Chants all-time single-season digs leader with 607, becoming the first Chanticleer with over 600 digs in one season. Meagan Tracey finished the season with 1,320 assists, which is fifth all-time. Megan Bickford ended her rookie campaign among the Chanticleers top five leaders for block assists (fourth with 105) and total blocks (fifth with 118). Three Times for Kimes During her freshman season, Chelsy Kimes was selected as the Big South New Balance Freshman of the Week three times.