Volleyball Travels to Columbia, S.C. for Gamecock Invitational

The Chanticleers will take on the Gamecocks of South Carolina, the Spartans of UNC Greensboro, and the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky.


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Sept. 1, 2009

This Week's Honors:
Senior Jill Nyhof made an impressive start to the season for Coastal Carolina at last weekend's Mortar Board Premier. The Alpharetta, Ga., native was named Big South Defensive Player of the Year for Week One, as well as earning All-Tournament honors at the Mortar Board Premier. Nyhof connected on 22 kills and 18 blocks, including a career-high 13 blocks (five solo, eight assisted) in the first match against Dayton. In the Chants' first win of the season over Ball State, Nyhof recored 12 kills and a .524 hitting percentage.

This Week's Matches:
    at the Gamecock Invitational  (Columbia, S.C.)
    -Friday, September 4 vs. UNC Greensboro, 12:00 p.m.
    -Friday, September 4 at South Carolina, 7 p.m.
    -Saturday, September 5 vs. Eastern Kentucky, 10:00 a.m.

The Opponents

UNC Greensboro Spartans
2009 Record: 1-2
2009 Conference Record:  0-0 (Southern)
Head Coach: Patrick Nicholas
    Series Record: UNC Greensboro leads 8-2
    Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina won 3-1 in 2007
 Notes:  Opened the season at the Hokie Invitational, where they went 1-2, losing to Big South rival Liberty and Virginia Tech, before beating Montana... Picked to finish third in the North Division of the Southern Conference preseason poll... Returns five of its starters... Will play Winston-Salem State on Tuesday night before competing in the Gamecock Invitational... Catherine Hanners had a career-high 21 kills in the match over Montana and finished the Hokie Invitational with 21 kills and 46 digs.

South Carolina Gamecocks (Tournament Host)
2009 Record: 3-0
2009 Conference Record:  0-0 (SEC)
Head Coach: Ben Somera
Series Record: South Carolina leads 6-0
Last Meeting: South Carolina won 3-0 in 2005
Notes:  Opened the season by capturing the Big Orange Bash title in their 3-1 win over Winthrop... Returns five starters and its top libero... Ivana Kujundzic named to the Preseason All-SEC team and finished the Big Orange Bash with 56 kills and 52 digs... Sarah Cline had a team-high 59 digs at the Big Orange Bash and helped the Gamecocks to their first tournament title of the season. 

Eastern Kentucky Colonels
2009 Record: 0-3
2009 Conference Record:  0-0 (Ohio Valley)
Head Coach: Lori Duncan
Series Record: EKU leads 1-0
Last Meeting: EKY won 3-2 in 1996
    Notes:  Participated in the Loyola Invitational where it lost all three matches... Picked to finish eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference and Lindsey Loescher was named to Second All-OVC team in the preseason poll... Returns five starters... Loescher finished second in the OVC with an average 3.67 kills per set... Kate Hendle finished fourth in the OVC with 599 assists and averaged 9.22 assists per set. 

Block Out
Senior Jill Nyhof finished the Mortar Board Premier with 24 kills and 18 blocks, including a career-high 13 blocks (five solo, eight assisted) in the first match against Dayton.  It was the highest single-game blocking total in the Big South since before 2003. 

Have We Met Before?

The answer is yes.  Coastal Carolina has played all three teams in the Gamecock Invitational, but the most recent is UNC Greensboro in 2007.  The current junior and senior Chanticleers have seen and played against the Spartans.  Jill Nyhof registered 20 kills and three blocks in their last meeting with UNCG and Megan Pollard finished with 21 digs.  Junior Megan Bickford had 19 kills against the Spartans, her current career-high. 

Mortar Board Premier Honors

Senior Jill Nyhof was named to the Mortar Board Premier All-Tournament Team.  She finished the weekend with 24 kills and 18 blocks, including a career-high 13 blocks in the first match against Dayton.  Nyhof paced the Chanticleers with 12 kills off 21 total attacks for a .524 hitting percentage to lead Coastal Carolina in its first win of the season over Ball State, 3-1

A Fresh Start

Freshman Sierra Livesay saw her first action as a Chanticleer on Aug. 28 and helped both offensively and defensively, finishing the night with her first collegiate career double-double of 11 kills and 15 digs. 

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

Welcome, Freshmen!
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. 

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 last season.  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. 

Serving Aces

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 in 2008:
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)

Tournament Sweeps
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 September
Under head coach Kristen Bauer, Coastal Carolina is 65-67 in the month of September.  In the last two seasons, the Chants have only lost ten matches in September. 

Coming Up Next
The Chanticleers travel to Statesboro, Ga., for the Bash in the `Boro on Sept. 11-12 to take on Georgia Southern, Auburn, and Wake Forest. 



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