CONWAY, S.C. -- The Coastal Carolina University volleyball team will head to the South Carolina State Invitational for its final preparation before Big South Conference play begins. The Chanticleers are 6-5 after sweeping through Georgia State and Chattanooga at the Courtyard by Marriott Chanticleer Invitational. Freshman Kelsie Mauck (Muncie, Ind./Delta) picked up Big South New Balance Freshman of the Week honors Sept. 15, after posting 100 digs in three matches last week. Mauck and senior Kristen Wolf (Andover, Kan./Andover Central) were named to the Courtyard by Marriott Chanticleer Invitational All-Tournament Team.
Match #12 - Fri. Sept. 19, 2:30 p.m.
vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs
2008 Record: 1-10, 0-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic
Head Coach: Millicent Sylvan
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 16-4
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina won 3-1 (Sept, 18, 2007)
Scouting the Bulldogs: S.C. State enters the weekend on a 10-game losing streak… The Bulldogs attack is powered by Peri Ligons, who is registering 2.16 kills per set for a total of 80 kills along with Gisela Kloss who has tallied 72 kills for S.C. State… Bria Hummer has 265 assists for the Bulldogs while Lauren Harris has recorded 108 digs in 11 matches.
Match #13 - Fri. Sept. 19, 5:15 p.m.
vs. North Carolina Central Eagles
2008 Record: 0-11 overall
Head Coach: Georgette Crawford-Crooks
Series Record: First Meeting
Scouting the Eagles: The Eagles carry an 0-11 record and will be seeking their first victory Sept. 16 against Campbell… The Eagles are led by Avaniki Campbell, who has tallied 52 kills… Kiara Brown has recorded 72 assists while teammate Ashley Shade has 62 of her own… Three players on the Eagles have 20+ blocks, including Nadia Hayes, who has a team-leading 32 blocks.
Match #14 - Sat. Sept. 20, 1 p.m.
vs. Wofford Terriers
2008 Record: 7-2 overall, 0-0 Southern
Head Coach: Corey Helle
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 3-0
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina won 3-0 (Sept. 13, 2003)
Scouting the Terriers: Wofford will play a mid-week match against Kennesaw State Sept. 16… Shanna Hughes and Stacy Byrd have recorded 134 and 119 kills to lead the Terriers attack… Joanna Suddath has 334 assists, while Brittany Thompson has tallied 186 digs for Wofford... Hughes was selected as a top performer by the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) Sept. 10.
Coastal Carolina has recorded 67 service aces to their opponents 59. Sophomore Chelsy Kimes has served up a team-leading 17 aces, while juniors Jill Nyhof and Megan Pollard have earned 13 and 10, respectively.
Block it Bickford
Sophomore Megan Bickford has tallied 10 solo blocks and 20 assisted blocks in the Chanticleers 11 matches. She posted a season-high three solo blocks against Virginia Tech (Aug. 30) and Lamar (Sept. 5).
Senior Kristin Wolf was named to the Courtyard by Marriott Chanticleer Invitational All-Tournament team. Wolf was efficient on the attack recording 23 kills, hitting .395 in the three-match span. Wolf tallied 10 kills in the Chanticleers 3-0 win over Chattanooga.
Mauck Racks up Honors
Freshman Kelsie Mauck was selected to the Courtyard by Marriott Chanticleer Invitational All-Tournament team and Big South New Balance Freshman of the Week (Sept. 15). Mauck recorded 100 assists and 10 assists per set to help the Chanticleers to a 2-1 record over the weekend. She started her weekend with 35 assists, eight digs, two blocks and two kills in Coastal Carolina’s 3-0 over Georgia State on Sept. 12. The next day against Troy, Mauck dished out 40 assists and came away with four blocks, four digs and three kills. She closed the weekend out with 25 assists, two kills, two digs and two blocks as the Chants defeated Chattanooga, 3-0.
Kimbel Sweet Kimbel
Coastal Carolina knows how to defend its home court. Since 1987, the Chanticleers are 170-97 in home matches. The Chants opened the 2008 home schedule with two wins defeating Georgia State and Chattanooga and dropped a match to Troy.
The Great Wall of Nyhof
In 11 matches, junior Jill Nyhof has totaled 14 solo blocks, leading the Chanticleers to 26 total solo blocks, trouncing their opponents 12. Nyhof had a career high five solos and nine total blocks Sept. 5 vs. Lamar.
Kills the Thrill for Kimes
Chelsy Kimes has recorded 136 kills, averaging 3.40 per game. She has eight double-digit kill matches, and two double-doubles, where she tallied 15 kills and 16 digs against Virginia Tech (Aug. 30) and 17 kills with 13 digs against Troy (Sept. 13).
Bickford Boasting Solid Attack
Sophomore Megan Bickford has tallied 89 kills on 182 attempts for a .368 hitting percentage and is averaging 2.22 kills per set.
Best Western Shocker Classic All-Tournament Nod for Bickford
Sophomore Megan Bickford was instrumental in Coastal Carolina’s victories over Lamar and Idaho State at the Best Western Shocker Classic. Against Lamar, Bickford registered 14 kills to hit .684, making only one error in the five-set match. When the Chants faced Idaho State, she was on point again hitting .714 and tallying 11 kills. Bickford also tallied seven blocks in a 3-1 loss to Cal State Bakersfield.
The Chanticleers are 2-0 in five set matches this season. Coastal Carolina outlasted Maryland-Eastern Shore Aug. 30, in the final two sets to secure a 3-2 (16-25, 25-19, 20-25, 25-15, 15-9) win at the Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational. The Chants looked comfortable on the attack in the fourth frame, needing a win to force a tiebreak and cruised to a 25-15 win. In the fifth set, the Chants took an early five-point lead and dominated the Hawks 15-9. The Chants rallied to a 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 17-25, 25-23, 15-11) victory over Lamar at the Wichita State Best Western Shocker Classic Sept. 5. Down 20-17 in the fourth set, Coastal Carolina’s impressive play powered past the Lady Cardinals to a 25-23 win to force a fifth set. The Chanticleers climbed to an 8-4 lead and control of the match and a 15-11 win.
Excuse Me, Have We Met Before?
In the first eight matches of 2008, the Chanticleers have faced six opponents for the first time in school history. Coastal Carolina has played a steady .500 going 3-3 in their first shot at their new foes.
Bauer a Buckeye
Head coach Kristin Bauer was a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes volleyball team, where she helped Ohio State capture the 1990 Big Ten Conference Championship. Bauer and the Chanticleers dropped a 3-0 decision to her alma mater Sept. 4 in the teams first meeting in school history.
Five and Three
The Chanticleers played five games in three days at the Wichita State Best Western Shocker Classic, a first in the Bauer Era. The Chants finished the tournament 2-3, rallying to a five-set victory over Lamar and sweeping Idaho State 3-0. The last time this occurred was September 8-10, 1995, when Coastal Carolina hosted the Coastal Beach Classic under previous head coach Tammi McCaudy-Lee. The Chants went 1-4 at the tournament, picking up their only win in a 3-0 decision over Chattanooga.
Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational Honors
Sophomore Chelsy Kimes and junior Jill Nyhof were named to the Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational All-Tournament team. Kimes hit a team-leading 45 kills, while Nyhof added 23 kills in three matches.
A Fresh Start
Freshmen Erika Lightsey and Kelsie Mauck saw their first action Aug. 29 helping the Chanticleers to a 3-0 win over Winston Salem State. Lightsey registered two kills and Mauck tallied nine assists in the debut.
Hit the Road
Coastal Carolina began the 2008 season with eight road matches. The Chanticleers played three matches at the Hawthorn Suites Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va., and five matches at the Wichita State Best Western Shocker Classic in Wichita, Kan.