Sept. 9, 2010
Bump, Set, Spike Coastal
After spending the fi rst two weeks of the season on the road, the Coastal Carolina University volleyball team heads home to host the Comfort Suites Coastal Carolina Invitational Sept. 10-11. The Chanticleers will face the Citadel on Friday at 6 p.m. and Norfolk State and USC Upstate on Saturday at noon and 6 p.m. It will be the fi rst meeting between Coastal and the Citadel and Norfolk State.
This Week's Matches:
-at the Comfort Suites Coastal Carolina Invitational
- Friday, Sept. 10 vs. The Citadel, 6 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 11 vs. Norfolk State, 4 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 11 vs. USC Upstate, 6 p.m.
Live Stats available for ALL matches
2010 Record: 1-7
2010 Conference Record: 0-0 (Southern)
Head Coach: Carolyn Geiger
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Notes: Only win was against Savannah State 3-0 at home... Has
lost every away or neutral site match so far this season... Faced
Presbyterian and Charleston Southern, losing 3-2 and 3-1, respectively... Had nine players
fi nish with at least one kill against Savannah State and controlled the game with a
.470 hitting percentage... Tatum Jestila leads the team with 67 kills, averaging 2.68 kills
per set and also leads the team with 93 digs... Jessica Maas leads the team with 18 total
Norfolk State Spartans
2010 Record: 3-5
2010 Conference Record: 0-0 (Mid-Eastern Athletic)
Head Coach: Brandon Duvall
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Meeting: First Meeting
Notes: Has faced one Big South team in Radford, losing 3-0...
Arielle Knafel leads the team in kills with 92 and averages 2.97 kills per set... Knafel
also leads the team in digs with 103... Paige Gary-Canty ranks second on the team
with 74 kills... Charlotte Armstead and Jasmine Frazier are tied with 64 kills... Frazier
ranks fi rst on the team in total blocks with 18.
USC Upstate Spartans
2010 Record: 2-4
2010 Conference Record: 0-0 (Atlantic Sun)
Head Coach: Jennifer Calloway
Series Record: USC Upstate leads 2-0
Last Meeting: USC Upstate won 3-2 in 1988
Notes: Its two wins were over Southeast Missouri State and
Eastern Kentucky, which were sandwiched between four losses... Cori Harris leads
the team with 3.28 kills per set and 0.44 service aces per set... Harris is one of fi ve
players to average more than two digs per set... Megan Healey leads the team in
digs, averaging 3.64 digs per set... Emily Sanders is the team's primary setter, averaging
8.68 assists per set.
Coastal Keeps the Streak Alive
After defeating Long Island in the the final match of the Hokie Invitational, the Chanticleers kept the streak alive beating Campbell 3-1 on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Coastal had a come from behind win over the Camels as it lost the first set, but won the next three, earning the second win of the season.
Lights On for Lightsey
Junior Erika Lightsey had a career night against Campbell, registering a career-high 13 kills and tied her dig career-high with 10. She also earned her first double-double of her collegiate career against the Camels.
Chants Earn First Win of the Season
In the final day of the Hokie Invitational, the Chanticleers snapped their five-game losing streak, defeating Long Island 3-2 on Saturday, Sept. 4. It was the first five-set match of the season for Coastal.
Kimes Named to Hokie Invitational All-Tournament Team
Chelsy Kimes was selected to the Hokie Invitational All-Tournament team after registering 49 kills, including a season-high 24 kills against Long Island and averaging 4.08 kills per set at the event. She also posted 48 digs and tallied three service aces while earning a double-double in all three matches and fourth double-double in a row.
Laffin has Career Match Against Long Island
Freshman Meghan Laffin had a career match against the Blackbirds of Long Island. She registered 10 kills and nine blocks to help the Chanticleers capture their first win of the season.
Gill Joins the 30-Dig Club
Freshman Lindsay Gill joined the 30-dig club in her sixth collegiate game against Long Island. She tallied 30 digs to lead the Coastal defense.
Laffin Named to All-Tournament Team
Freshman Meghan Laffin earned her first All-Tournament team honor of her collegiate career at the Deacon Invitational hosted by Wake Forest. Laffin finished the tournament with 17 kills, three digs and eight blocks, including two solo blocks against East Tennessee State Aug. 28.
Freshmen Make Immediate Impact
Three freshmen saw their first collegiate action at the Deacon Invitational Aug. 27-28. Meghan Laffin got her first collegiate starts in all three matches at the event, registering eight blocks, including two solo blocks on the weekend. Lauren Alejo started her first collegiate match against East Tennessee State Aug. 28 as the setter and averaged 5.10 assists per set in the event. The final freshman making her collegiate debut was Lindsay Gill in the libero spot, who averaged 3.40 digs per set at the tournament.
Kills the Thrill for Kimes
Senior Chelsy Kimes has recorded 105 kills, averaging 4.04 per set. She has six double-digit killm atches, including five double-digit kill performances in a row and five double-doubles. The Chants are 2-4 when Kimes has a double-double.
at Wake Forest (Aug. 27) - 14 kills, 15 digs
at Virginia Tech (Sept. 3) - 12 kills, 16 digs
vs. Jacksonville State (Sept. 4) - 13 kills, 17 digs
vs. Long Island (Sept. 4) - 24 kills, 15 digs
at Campbell (Sept. 7) - 22 kills, 11 digs
Kimes Selected As Candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award
Senior Chelsy Kimes was selected as a candidate for the first-ever Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in volleyball, announced Aug. 26 by the Awards Committee. Kimes was one of 30 student-athletes who were selected and to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Kimes has maintained a 3.84 cumulative grade point average as a biology major and has been named to the Big South Presidential honor roll her freshman, sophomore and junior years. She has been a leader both on and off the court throughout her time at Coastal. Kimes has served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative for the volleyball team and has been a part of numerous community service experiences around the Myrtle Beach area. Athletically, she is known as one of the Big South's most lethal attackers and was recently named the league's Preseason Player of the Year. Last season, she helped lead the Chanticleers to their first Big South Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998. Kimes was named the Tournament MVP and also received first team All-Big South honors. In the record book, she ranks fourth in career kills in Coastal Carolina history and second in career kills per set at 3.74. She also ranks fourth in the Big South in season kills per set.
Familiar Names and Faces
Coastal Carolina returns 10 of 13 players from 2009. The veterans include seniors Megan Bickford, Chelsy Kimes, Amanda Russell, and Kristin Cozzens, juniors Erika Lightsey, Kelsie Mauck and Simone Autry and sophomores Sierra Livesay and Samantha Palka.
Five freshmen join the Coastal Carolina's roster for the 2010 season. New to the team this year are Lindsay Gill, Lauren Alejo, Kindra Bailey, Meghan Laffin and Michelle Fowle.
Bauer Hires Two New Assistant Coaches
During the off season, head coach Kristen Bauer welcomed two new assistant coaches to the Coastal volleyball family. Tucker Short and Pavlina Steffkova both joined the staff for the 2010 season. Short comes to Coastal after being on staff of the prestigious TCA Volleyball Club in Southern California and prior to his time in California, Short served as assistant coach at University at Buffalo as the program's recruiting coordinator and setter coach. Steffkova joins the Chanticleer staff after being on staff at Alabama for two seasons and prior to Alabama, Steffkova served as both head and assistant coach at Birmingham-Southern.
Coastal First in Preseason Poll
In the Big South Conference Preseason Poll, Coastal Carolina was picked to finish first by the league's coaches. The Chanticleers collected 74 points and four first-place votes in the poll. Liberty was a close second with 71 points and two first-place votes.
Kimes Named Preseason Player of the Year
Chelsy Kimes was selected as the Big South Preseason Player of the Year. Kimes, a senior from Munster, Ind., was named the 2009 Big South Volleyball Championship MVP after guiding Coastal Carolina to its first Big South Championship since 1998. A 2009 All-Big South First Team honoree, she led her squad with 483 kills, averaging 3.72 kills per set. She also topped her squad with 38 aces. She posted 28 double-digit kill matches a season ago, including a string of 17-straight matches with more than 10 kills. Kimes also closed the season out tied for second-place in the League with 17 double-doubles.
Bickford Selected to Preseason All-Big South
Senior Megan Bickford joined teammate Chelsy Kimes on the Preseason All-Big South team. Bickford remains a consistent contributor and ranks fifth in the Big South in career hitting percentage and first in the Coastal Carolina record book. She also ranks fifth all-time in total blocks and fourth in assisted blocks.
It's A Long Road...
Coastal Carolina will start off the 2010 season playing its first seven matches on the road. The Chants will travel just over 1,100 miles round-trip on the road in its first two weekends. They start at the Deacon Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., and then head to Blacksburg, Va. for the Hokie Invitational. The team returns home for its annual home tournament before finishing up tournament play at the Kennesaw State Owl Invitational in Kennesaw, Ga.
The No. 4-seeded Chanticleers were crowned the 2009 Big South Tournament Champions after defeating No. 2 Liberty 3-1 in the Big South Tournament Championship match on Nov. 21, 2009. The last time the Chants won the Big south Tournament was in 1998, where they beat Liberty 3-1 and the last time a No. 4 seed won the tournament was in 1994 when Towson State defeated UNC Greensboro 3-0. Coastal earned the league's automatic big to the NCAA Tournament and fell to No. 10 Nebraska on Dec. 4, 2009. It was Coastal's third appearance ever in the event, having gone in 1996 and 1998, and the first under head coach Kristen Bauer.
On the Attack
Senior Chelsy Kimes hit double-digit kills in 28 matches last season, including 17 double-digit kill performances in a row and notched 17 double-doubles. Coastal Carolina went 13-4 in 2009 when Kimes had a double-double.
Chants play spoiler...Three Times
In both regular-season meetings with UNC Asheville during the 2009 season, the Chanticleers came up victorious. In the first meeting, the Chants snapped the Bulldogs seven-match win streak and handed them their first Big South loss of the season. In the second meeting, Coastal rallied back after dropping the first two sets to beat the Bulldogs in the Justice Center, snapping a three-match win streak. Both matches went to five sets and two of the three UNC Asheville regular season losses were to the Chants. In the third meeting at the 2009 Big South Tournament, Coastal took control early and beat the Bulldogs 3-0, knocking them out of the tournament.
Kimes Joins the 1000-Kill Club
Senior Chelsy Kimes reached the 1,000-kill mark last season and currently has 1,351 kills, ranking her third all-time at Coastal Carolina. Kimes recorded her 1,000th kill against Western Carolina on Sept. 19, 2009.
Coming Up Next
The Chanticleers are back on the road for the Kennesaw State Owl Invitational, hosted by Kennesaw State Sept. 17-18. The Chanticleers will face Troy, Kennesaw State and Ohio State at the event.