Sophomore Krista Kimble (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) recorded a team-leading 13 kills and a hitting percentage of .579 as Coastal Carolinas (7-4) volleyball team defeated (30-24, 30-24, 30-26) the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks (2-7) in three games on Tuesday evening, Sept. 21.
CCU volleyball, coming off a second place finish in the Chanticleer Classic, seemed poised and ready to play, as they defeated Wilmington in the minimum number of games in the home debut for the Seahawks. The Lady Chanticleers outhit the Seahawks in kills and hitting percentage in every game, on the way to holding a 49-34 advantage in kills and a hitting percentage of .330 for the match.
Coastal trailed, 6-1, in the opening game before tying the score at 20-all. CCU then reeled off five straight points, capped off by a kill by Kimble for a 25-20 edge. The Chanticleers wound up coasting to a 30-24 win.
Coastal Carolina used a seven-point spurt midway through the second game for a 23-11 advantage and went on to post a 30-20 victory.
In the third game, Coastal jumped out again to the early advantage of 21-14, but the Seahawks would not go quietly as came back to take a 24-23 lead. The Chants then scored seven of the final nine points to close out the match and the game.
Besides Kimbles performance, other standout Lady Chants include sophomore Alicia Meyers (Temecula, Calif./Temecula Valley) who recorded 10 kills and eight digs. Junior outside hitter Katherine Jensen (Vancouver, British Columbia/Sentinel Secondary (Ole Miss)) recorded a match-high 11 digs. Reigning Big South Conference Player of the Week Jennifer Hampton (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) led both teams with 36 assists. Freshman Kate Bennett, sister of former Chant volleyball player Sarah Bennett, led the Seahawks with 13 kills.
Coastals next game will be on Friday, Sept. 24, as they open their Big South Conference schedule against rival High Point University in High Point, N.C. at 7 p.m.