Sept. 22, 2009
Week Five Honors:
Sierra Livesay earned Big South Freshman of the Week honors for Week 5 after finishing the Myrtle Beach Comfort Suites Invitational with 33 kills, 18 digs, six service aces and six blocks. Livesay was also named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 3.30 kills per set and had an attack percentage over .400 in wins against UNC Wilmington and Western Carolina.
This Week’s Matches:
- Friday, Sept. 25 vs. High Point, 7 p.m. (Live Stats and Live Video)
-Saturday, Sept. 26 vs. Liberty, 2 p.m. (Live Stats and Live Video)
High Point Panthers
2009 Record: 9-6
2009 Conference Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Jason Oliver
Series Record: Coastal leads 19-7
Last Meeting: Coastal won 3-1 in Big South Tournament Semi-finals
Notes: Picked to finish fourth in the Big South in the 2009 Preseason Coaches Poll... Finished the 2008 regular season tied for first with Coastal Carolina and Liberty... The Chanticleers won two out of the three meetings in the 2008 season, including the win in the Big South Championship Semi-final match... Julie Hershkowitz named Big South Defensive Player of the Week for week five... Loss to Georgetown on Sept. 19 snapped three-game win streak... Head Coach Jason Oliver is in his first season at High Point.
2009 Record: 5-7
2009 Conference Record: 0-0
Head Coach: Shane Pinder
Series Record: Liberty leads 23-16
Last Meeting: Liberty won 3-1 in 2008 Big South Championship
Notes: Picked to win the Big South in the 2009 Preseason Coaches Poll... Defeated the Chanticleers in the final of the Big South Championship match 3-1... Chelaine McCarty had hit .300 or higher in eight of her last nine matches... Has won its last four Big South openers and 10 of its last 11 since 1998... Went 1-2 at the Black & Gold Challenge defeating Appalachian State and falling to Duke and Wake Forest... Only five of their 12 matches have gone to more than three sets and of those five, the Flames have only won one against Tennessee Tech.
The Great Wall of Nyhof
Senior Jill Nyhof ranks second in the NCAA, averaging 1.60 blocks per set. Nyhof trails Hawaii’s Brittany Hewitt, who averages 1.63 blocks per set. In 12 matches, Nyhof has totaled 69 total blocks, including 20 solo blocks and had a career high 13 blocks against Dayton at the Mortar Board Premier on Aug. 28.
Myrtle Beach Comfort Suites Invitational Honors
Senior Megan Pollard and freshman Sierra Livesay earned All-Tournament honor after helping lead the Chants to two victories. Pollard finished the weekend with 36 digs, 10 assists and four service aces. Livesay earned All-Tournament honors with 33 kills, 18 digs, six service aces and six blocks.
Coastal’s Overall Leaders
Listed below is where the Chanticleers ranked among the Big South’s overall leaders at the end of 2008.
Hitting Percentage: Jill Nyhof, .302 (5th)
Kills: Chelsy Kimes, 3.19 per game (4th)
Assists: Kelsie Mauck, 7.83 per game (9th)
Blocks: Jill Nyhof, 1.60 per game (1st)
Digs: Megan Pollard, 3.44 per game (6th)
Service Aces: Megan Bickford, 0.37 per game (10th)
Bash in the ‘Boro Tournament Honors
Junior Chelsy Kimes was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the Bash in the ‘Boro Tournament with 38 kills, 33 digs, 25 assists and six blocks on the weekend. Kimes aveaged 3.34 kills per set and finished the tournament with a .255 attack percentage. In the win over Wake Forest, Kimes tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 14 digs.
There’s No Place Like Home
Coastal Carolina knows how to defend its home court. Since 1987, the Chanticleers are 172-96 in home matches, having gone 10-2 last season at Kimbel Arena.
Sweeping Out the House
In its last 14 home openers, Coastal Carolina is 7-7. Out of those 14, nine matches had scores of 3-0, including five Coastal Carolina wins.
Kimes Doubles Up...
At the Gamecock Invitational and the Bash in the ‘Boro tournament, junior Chelsy Kimes has had a pair of double-doubles in each tournament. She opened the Gamecock Invitational with 14 kills and 10 digs against UNC Greensboro on Fri., Sept. 4. She ended the tournament with 10 kills and 10 digs against Eastern Kentucky on Sat., Sept. 5. At the Bash in the ‘Boro tournament, Kimes finished with a season-high 18 kills and 13 digs against Georgia Southern and in the win over Wake Forest, she had 12 kills and 14 digs for her fifth double-double of the season.
...And So Does Mauck
Sophomore Kelsie Mauck netted an assist-dig double-double against Wake Forest on Saturday, Sept. 12 for her first double-double of the season. Mauck totaled 36 assists and had a career-high 17 digs in the match.
Ace, Ace, Ace
Junior Megan Bickford has pulled out her aces so far this season, leading the Chants with 16. In 2008, Bickford finished fourth on the team with 12 service aces, which she has already surpassed only four weeks into the 2009 season.
Gamecock Invitational Honors
Senior Jill Nyhof and junior Megan Bickford were selected to the All-Tournament Team at the Gamecock Invitational hosted by South Carolina. Nyhof finished the tournament with 20 blocks and 14 kills, including an eight-block match in the win against Eastern Kentucky. Bickford finished the weekend with 17 kills, six blocks, and seven service aces. Three of her seven service aces and seven of her 17 kills came in the win over Eastern Kentucky.
Mortar Board Premier Honors
Senior Jill Nyhof was named to the Mortar Board Premier All-Tournament Team. She finished the weekend with 24 kills and 18 blocks, including a career-high 13 blocks in the first match against Dayton. Nyhof paced the Chanticleers with 12 kills off 21 total attacks for a .524 hitting percentage to lead Coastal Carolina in its first win of the season over Ball State, 3-1.
Familiar Names and Faces
Coastal Carolina returns 11 of 14 players from 2008. The veterans include seniors Meagan Tracey, Megan Pollard, and Jill Nyhof, juniors Megan Bickford, Chelsy Kimes, Amanda Russell, Kristin Cozzens and Becky Stowers and sophomores Erika Lightsey, Kelsie Mauck and Simone Autry.
Two freshmen are on Coastal Carolina’s roster for the 2009 season. New to the team this year are Sierra Livesay and Samantha Palka.
Coastal Carolina Second in Preseason Poll
In the Big South Conference Preseason Poll, Coastal Carolina was picked second by the league’s coaches. The Chanticleers collected 67 points in the poll. Liberty claimed the top spot in the poll with 81 points and nine first-place votes.
Kimes Named to Preseason All-Conference
Junior Chelsy Kimes was one of seven players to be selected to the Preseason All-Big South Conference Team. Kimes, known as one of the Big South’s most lethal attackers, ranked number one in both kills and service aces in the Big South.
Hitting the books has paid off for senior Jill Nyhof. The Alpharetta, Ga. native was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III University Division First Team and named the 2008 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Nyhof carries a perfect 4.0 grade-point average as a political science major.
On the Attack
Junior Chelsy Kimes hit double-digit kills in 27 matches and notched 12 double-doubles last season. Coastal Carolina went 10-2 in 2008 when Kimes had a double-double. In the 2009 season, she already has five double-doubles and the Chants are 3-2 when Kimes has a double-double.
Chelsy Kimes finished the 2008 season ranked 25th in the NCAA in service aces tallying a career-high 58, which also led the Big South. Kimes currently has six service aces in 2009.
Sweeping a tournament can be a difficult feat, but Coastal Carolina swept the South Carolina State Invitational last season by defeating South Carolina State 3-0, North Carolina Central 3-0, Wofford 3-1 and Hampton 3-0 in Orangeburg, S.C. on Sept. 19-20.
When In September
Under head coach Kristen Bauer, Coastal Carolina is 68-70 in the month of September. In the last two seasons, the Chants have only lost ten matches in September.
Coming Up Next
The Chanticleers return home to host South Carolina State on Sept. 29 at 6 p.m. before opening Big South Conference play at home against Radford on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.