Big South: 0-0
Volleyball Plays Three This Week...
The Coastal Carolina volleyball team travels to UNC Wilmington Tuesday, September 19 for a 7 p.m. match. This weekend, CCU travels to Charleston Southern for its first Big South Conference match on Saturday, September 23 at 6 p.m. The Lady Chanticleers then return to Kimbel Arena to take on Jacksonville Sunday September 24 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, September 19 at UNC Wilmington at 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 23 at Charleston Southern at 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 24 vs. Jacksonville at 2 p.m.
Scouting UNC Wilmington...
UNC Wilmington has a 5-8 record, 0-4 in the CAA. They are coming off five straight losses. Most recently, the Seahawks fell to George Mason and James Madison. Leading the way in the losses for UNCW was senior outside hitter Liz Mitchell, who had a career-high 13 kills and 14 digs against Mason and freshman outside hitter Lindsey Strucko, who had a career-best 17 kills. Middle blocker Liz Hanna and setter Jill Hoeck were the only hitters for UNCW who finished the night with a positive percentage (more kills than errors) as Hanna had six kills on 20 attempts (.050) and Hoeck recorded one kill on seven attempts (.143) against the Dukes.
Scouting Charleston Southern...
The Buccaneers are off to a 5-5 start on the 2006 season. They are coming off three straight wins beating Newberry twice and defeating Presbyterian.
Senior middle blocker Jenni Shepherd leads the team in kills with 136 this season, while senior Jillian Worby leads in digs with 105. Sam Sasan has 19 service aces and Canan Erdogan has seven solo blocks so far this season. In the 3-2 win over Presbyterian, CSU had two players with double-doubles, Shepherd (16 kills, 16 digs) and Worby (11 kills, 15 digs). Junior Ranae Popovich also had 13 kills in the win.
The Dolphins are coming to Conway with a six-match losing streak after dropping all three matches in the Miami Invitational this past weekend against Florida A&M, Miami and Loyola Marymount. Eva Stoilova had two double-doubles on the weekend and tallied 33 kills and 37 digs. Sara Bendorf also had solid performances with 38 kills. Bendorf leads the team in kills with 123 and Michelle Walroth leads with 167 digs.
Home, Home on the Range...
The Coastal Carolina Volleyball team (2-8) dropped 3-0 to Xavier in the opening day of the Microtel Inn and Suites CCU Classic Friday, 23-30, 23-30, 16-30.
Leading the way for the Lady Chanticleers was freshman Jill Nyhof (Alpharetta, Ga./Northview) who had 11 kills and four digs. Also having strong performances for Coastal was freshman Megan Pollard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville) with 16 digs, senior Laura Obert (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) with seven kills and senior Kristin Rinne (Fountain Hills, Ariz/Fountain Hills) who had six kills and seven digs.
East Tennessee State...
Coastal lost to East Tennessee State, 3-0, 26-30, 18-30, 28-30. Nyhof had 10 kills, senior Ashley Scheible (Westerville, Ohio/North) 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.
Three Lady Chanticleers had double-doubles. Nyhof had 18 kills and 20 digs, junior Nakia Thompson (Lexington, S.C./Lexington) had 15 kills and 16 digs and Rinne had 10 kills and 12 digs. Also having strong performances for Coastal were Scheible who had 10 kills and seven digs, Obert with nine kills and two digs, freshman libero Pollard 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
Are those Rookies?
Three freshman got starts this weekend for the Lady Chanticleers and all three made a huge impact on the court. Nyhof has been a solid contributer to the team so far this season as she leads the team in kills with 116. She also has 54 digs, 15 assisted blocks, seven service aces and three solo blocks. Pollard leads the team in digs with 152. She also has 11 service aces and assists with one kill. Tracey is second on the team with 122 assists. She exploded in the final game of the CCU Classic this weekend for nine assisted blocks, five service aces and five kills.
Microtel Inn & Suites CCU Classic Honors...
Rinne notched another honor on the season after being named to the All-CCU Classic Team. Rinne was voted by the coaches to the team after her weekend performance of 25 digs, 22 kills and six block assists.
In The Win....
Both Pollard and Rinne served for six straight points during the match against North Florida, both recording one service ace.
Coastal had 14 team blocks against North Florida which was a season-high. Nyhof had 18 kills which was a career-high. Rinne recorded a season-high 10 kills, as did Thompson with 15 kills. Pollard tied her career-best with 25 digs and Tracey had a career-best 51 assists.
Upcoming Match Quick Facts...
UNC Wilmington leads the series 19-17, CCU defeated the Seahawks last season, 3-1. Obert had 11 kills and Rinne had nine digs in the victory.
CCU leads the Charleston Southern series 28-13, the Lady Chanticleers swept the Buccaneers in three games last season. Devon West (Ontario, Canada/Cambrian College) had 10 kills and seven digs in the win while Brett Starbuck (Glen Allen, Va./JR Tucker) had 15 digs.
CCU and Jacksonville have not met since 2000 when the Dolphins defeated the Lady Chants 3-1. Jacksonville leads the series 3-2.
Big South Conference
The Lady Chanticleers will open home Big South play when they host two-time defending champion Winthrop, September 29 in Kimbel Arena, followed by High Point at home the following night. Coastal then goes on the road for its next four league matches before closing the regular season with five out of seven Big South matches in the friendly confines of Kimbel Arena. The season culminates with the NCAA automatic bid on the line at the Big South Tournament, November 14, 17 and 18, with the semifinals and finals at High Point.
The Lady Chanticleers have four straight home matches taking on Winthrop Friday, September 29 at 7 p.m., High Point Saturday, September 30 at 4 p.m. and South Carolina State, Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m. before traveling to Virginia to take on Liberty October 6 at 7 p.m. and Radford October 7 at 2 p.m.