Conway, S.C.- The Coastal Carolina volleyball team defeated North Florida in a five-game thriller, 30-27, 17-30, 30-23. 28-30, 15-13 to put them at 3-8 on the season.
Three Lady Chanticleers had double-doubles. Freshman Jill Nyhof (Alpharetta, Ga./Northview) had 18 kills and 20 digs, junior Nakia Thompson (Lexington, S.C./Lexington) had 15 kills and 16 digs and senior Kristin Rinne (Fountain Hills, Ariz./Fountain Hills) had 10 kills and 12 digs. Also having strong performances for Coastal were senior Ashley Scheible (Westerville, Ohio/North) who had 10 kills and seven digs, senior Laura Obert (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) with nine kills and two digs, freshman libero Megan Pollard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) with 25 digs and freshman Meagan Tracey (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) who had 51 assists, 11 digs and three kills.
Tracey and Obert exploded for a combined 14 block assists. As a team, Coastal had 65 kills on 26 errors with a .183 hitting percentage, recording 14 team blocks while North Florida had 72 kills on 39 errors with a .149 hitting percentage and 10 team blocks
The Ospreys had two players with double-doubles, Amy Stroder (16 kills, 17 digs) and Emily Kohler (16 kills, 21 digs). Also having a stellar performance for UNF was Allison O'Neill, who had 14 kills, Bary Rasmussen with 10 kills and libero Tara Taylor who dug up 34 balls.
In game one of the Microtel Inn and Suites CCU Classic this morning, Coastal lost to East Tennessee State, 3-0. Nyhof had 10 kills, Scheible had nine kills, Obert had eight kills and Pollard had 16 digs in the loss. Coastal had 45 kills on 24 errors with a .167 hitting percentage and eight team blocks while ETSU had 49 kills on 17 errors with a .276 hitting percentage and a total five team blocks.
"I'm thrilled to have pulled that win out tonight after playing poorly this morning," Head Coach Kristen Bauer commented. "We haven't won a game five yet this season, so that is a nice thing to cross off our list of accomplishments, especially before we start Big South play. The freshman showed us a spark this morning which got them starting time in tonight's match against North Florida. Jill (Nyhof) didn't play like a freshman tonight with 18 kills and 20 digs and Meagan Tracey started off our blocking tonight which sparked the entire team, Megan Pollard is one of our leading passers as a freshman, she had some great serve receives which really got the team motivated. I'm very excited with how everyone played."
Rinne grabbed All-Tournament Team honors for the Lady Chants with her performance on the weekend. She had 25 digs, 22 kills and six block assists.
Coastal returns to action when they head to UNC Wilmington Tuesday, Sept. 19 for a 7 p.m. match.
Microtel Inn and Suites CCU Classic All-Tournament Team
Danielle Skrajewski- Xavier
Jill Quayle- Xavier
Lauren Krominski- Xavier
Nani Emerson- ETSU
Jen Sartor- ETSU
Kristin Rinne- Coastal