Week 4 Notes:
This Week’s Matches:
Host The Caravelle Resort Invitational
-Friday, Sept. 14 vs. Gardner Webb, 12:30 p.m. (Live Stats)
-Friday, Sept. 14 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m. (Live Stats)
-Saturday, Sept. 15 vs. Delaware, 2 p.m. (Live Stats)
Last Week’s Honors:
For the first time since Nov. 8, 2004, Coastal swept the Big South Conference Weekly Honors Monday, Sept. 10 with sophomore Jill Nyhof named Choice Hotels Player of the Week and freshman Megan Bickford garnering New Balance Freshman of the Week. Both players earned spots on the All-Tournament Team at the Comfort Suites 49ers Volleyball Tournament. Nyhof totaled 58 kills, including the match-winners against UNC Greensboro and Morgan State. Bickford, who garnered her second All-Tournament honor of the season, hit a team-best .438, tallying 41 kills off 80 total attacks with only six errors. She had the game-winning kill in game four against UNC Greensboro to force a deciding game five. Also in that match, she recorded a career-high 19 kills and committed no attack errors.
2007 Record: 6-5
2006 Conference Record: 4-5, Atlantic Sun
Head Coach: Chris Phillips
Series Record: Gardner-Webb leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Gardner-Webb won 2-1 in 1984
Notes: Riding a five-match winning streak... Have a match at Western Carolina on Tuesday... Won its own Runnin’ Bulldog Classic, sweeping Air Force and North Carolina A&T 3-0 and defeating Davidson for the first-time ever... Bethany Martin leads the team with a .302 hitting percentage, connecting on 107 kills off 285 total attacks and only committing 21 errors... Ashley Pridgeon averages a team-best 3.82 kills per game...
2006 Conference Record: 3-13, Mid-American
Head Coach: Jim Lodes
Series Record: Buffalo leads 2-1
Last Meeting: Buffalo won 3-2 in 2006
Notes: Has lost its last six matches, with its last win coming against South Florida Sept. 1 at the Western New York Invitational... Coming off an 0-3 performance at the Pittsburgh Invitational... Plays a match at Canisius on Tuesday... Claudia Neba has put up a team-best 80 kills in 11 matches... Lizaiha Garcia leads the Bulls with 161 digs, while Lindsey Schlegel leads the team with 355 assists.
Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens
2007 Record: 10-1
2006 Conference Record: 11-7, CAA
Head Coach: Bonnie Kenny
Series Record: Delaware leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Delaware won 3-2 in 1997
Notes: Had a nine-match winning streak before losing its first match of the season against Miami on Sept. 8... Plays at Villanova on Tuesday night... Posted at least one 3-0 victory in previous three tournaments.... Michelle LaLonde is hitting a team-best .339, while Colleen Walsh leads Delaware with 175 kills... Megan Welch averages 12.16 assists per game... Stephanie Barry has 247 digs on the season.
A Wolf Of A Day
Nearly nothing could stop junior Kristin Wolf from having a career day on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Comfort Suites 49ers Volleyball Tournament. In Coastal’s morning match, Wolf recorded her first double-double with a career-high 13 kills and a career-high 16 digs. However, those 16 digs didn’t remain a career-high for long. Later on Saturday, the Andover, Kan. native posted 20 digs against Morgan State.
No Errors For Bickford
When freshman Megan Bickford had no attack errors against UNC Greensboro, it marked the second time this season the Olathe, Kan. native has accomplished that feat. Bickford’s first no-error match came against Louisville, where she hit .667 and connected on six of nine total attacks. In her most recent no-error match, Bickford made a career-high 19 kills off 33 total attacks for a .576 hitting percentage.
A Pair of 60’s
Sophomore Meagan Tracey had back-to-back 60-assist matches at the Comfort Suites 49ers Volleyball Tournament with 64 against UNC Greensboro and 60 versus Morgan State. Prior to last weekend, Tracey only had one 60+ assist match to her name, a 71-assist match at Birmingham-Southern last season.
When sophomore Jill Nyhof tallies 20 kills in one match, chances are she’ll have 20+ kills in the next match. Four of her five 20+ kill matches came in sets of two. Only once has Nyhof not followed up a 20+ kill match with another 20+ kills.
The Lady Chanticleers will put traveling on hold for a little bit. Following this weekend’s match at Charlotte, Coastal has eight straight home matches, starting with its Caravelle Resort Invitational on Friday, Sept. 14.
Kimbel Sweet Kimbel
Coastal Carolina knows how to defend its home court. Since 1987, the Lady Chanticleers are 161-88 in home matches, including having won five of their last six matches at Kimbel Arena.
Welcome To Kimbel
Buffalo and Delaware will both be making their first trip to Kimbel Arena this weekend. Although Coastal has faced both teams a combined five times, three were at a neutral site and two were at Buffalo. In the Coastal-Gardner Webb meeting in 1984, it was not denoted where the match was played.
Coastal’s Overall Leaders
Listed below is where the Lady Chanticleers ranked among the Big South’s overall leaders through Sept. 10.
Hitting Percentage: Megan Bickford, .324 (1st), Jill Nyhof, .207 (9th)
Kills: Chelsy Kimes, 3.52 per game (2nd), Jill Nyhof, 3.44 per game (3nd)
Assists: Meagan Tracey, 11.25 per game (1st)
Blocks: Megan Bickford, 1.00 per game (3rd), Nakia Thompson, 0.82 per game (9th), Meagan Tracey, 0.81 per game (10th)
Digs: Brett Starbuck, 4.79 per game (3rd)
All In the Conference
Listed below is how the Lady Chants ranked in the Big South in only conference-only matches at the end of 2006:
Hitting Percentage: Jill Nyhof, .213 (9th)
Kills: Jill Nyhof, 3.39 per game (8th)
Assists: Meagan Tracey, 11.37 per game (6th)
Blocks: Laura Obert, 1.10 per game (4th), Ashley Scheible, 1.02 per game (7th)
Digs: Brett Starbuck, 5.43 per game (5th), Megan Pollard, 5.14 per game (6th)
Points: Jill Nyhof, 3.81 per game (8th)
When In September
Under head coach Kristen Bauer, Coastal Carolina is 49-60 in the month of September. The most matches Coastal has won in a single September was nine 2003, finishing the month with a 9-4 record.
Same Tournament, New Name
For the first time ever, Coastal Carolina’s tournament will be called The Caravelle Resort Invitational. For the last two years, it was known as the Microtel Inn & Suites CCU Classic.
Sweeping a tournament can be a difficult feat. Coastal Carolina hasn’t won all three matches in a single tournament since 2002 when the Lady Chants defeated Buffalo 3-2, Canisius 3-0 and Bucknell 3-0 at Buffalo’s Tournament Aug. 30-31.
Sweeping Out The House
In its last 11 home-openers, Coastal Carolina is 7-4. Out of those 11, eight matches had scores of 3-0, including six of Coastal’s wins.
Cruising With a 2-1 Record
Coastal has gone 2-1 in its final regular season tournament in four of the last five years. Out of those five tournaments,, four have been at Coastal Carolina while the other was at Clemson.