The CoastalCarolinaUniversity volleyball team opens Big South Conference action the way it finished last season. The Chanticleers will face the two opponents they met in last year’s conference tournament in Radford and 2007 Conference Champion Liberty. The Highlanders come to town Sept. 26 for a 7 p.m., match and the Lady Flames stop at Kimbel Arena Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. Coastal Carolina is on a five-game win streak after a dominating performance at the South Carolina State Invitational, where junior Jill Nyhof was named to the All-Tournament Team. The Chanticleers held their opponents to 16.3 points per set, dropping only one set in four matches. The Chanticleers last opened conference play with Radford and Liberty in 1999, which was also Head Coach Kristen Bauer’s first season at Coastal Carolina.
Match #16 - Fri. Sept. 26, vs. Radford Highlanders2008 Record: 5-5, 0-0 Big SouthHead Coach: Marci JenkinsSeries Record: Coastal Carolina 19-15Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina won 3-0 (Nov. 15, 2007)
Scouting the Highlanders: First-year Head Coach Marci Jenkins and her young team have played to a 5-5 record, but enter the weekend on a three-game losing skid… Radford features eight newcomers and only two seniors on its roster after losing three starters from last year… Sophomore Laura Waddell’s 104 kills carries Radford’s offense… Freshman Megan McWhorter has 58 kills, averaging 2.42 per set… Sophomore Kiley Kent has a team-leading 230 assists, averaging 6.76 per set…
Series vs. Radford: The Chanticleers enter the match with the advantage, having won all three contests against the Highlanders last season, including a 3-0 quarterfinal victory at last year’s Big South Championship... Junior Jill Nyhof registered 53 kills on the Highlanders, while sophomore Megan Bickford dropped 41 of her own in the series… Junior Meagan Tracey averaged 13.27 assists per set in the three meetings…
Match #17 - Sat. Sept. 27, vs. Liberty Lady Flames2008 Record: 9-4, 0-0 Big SouthHead Coach: Shane PinderSeries Record: Liberty leads 27-9
Last Meeting: Liberty won 3-0 (Nov. 16, 2007)
Scouting the Lady Flames: The Lady Flames started out the season on an eight-match win streak before it was halted by Northern Iowa Sept. 13… Liberty’s offense is guided by 2007 Freshman of the year Nicky Scripko, who has tallied 137 kills… Freshman Kelly Haseman’s 144 digs leads a group of four Lady Flames that have recorded 100 or more digs this season… Junior Kallie Corbin has a team-leading 453 assists, earning 9.44 per set and 13 service aces on the year. The Lady Flames begin their Big South title defense Fri., Sept. 26 at Charleston Southern before a bout with the Chanticleers Saturday afternoon.
Series vs. Liberty: Liberty leads the all-time series 20-16, which includes sweeping the Chanticleers in the past three meetings… Coastal Carolina’s last victory over Liberty was Nov. 14, 2006 at the Big South Conference Tournament… Last season, Megan Bickford and Chelsy Kimes combined for 59 kills against the Lady Flames in three matches…
Welcome to the BIG SOUTH!Coastal Carolina begins its pursuit of a Big South Title Friday, Sept. 23 when they host Radford. The Chanticleers are 10-5 entering conference play have put up some significant numbers during their non-conference slate. Coastal Carolina has registered a conference-best 115 blocks, averaging 2.17 per set. The Chants 104 service aces tops the conference with Radford following up 69 aces.
Stingy Defense Dominates S.C.State SpikefestThe Chanticleers held their opponents at the S.C. State Spikefest to 16.3 points per set, dropping only one set in four matches. With its four wins at the Spikefest, Coastal Carolina is on a five-game win streak, its longest stretch this season.
Nyhof Earns South CarolinaState All-Tournament SelectionJunior Jill Nyhof was named to the South Carolina State Spikefest All-Tournament Team after leading the Chanticleers to four wins over the weekend. Nyhof had eight kills on a .700 hitting percentage against N.C. Central.
ACE!Coastal Carolina has recorded 104 service aces to their opponents 72. The Chanticleers are averaging 2.17 aces per set, which ranks ninth-best in the NCAA. Sophomore Chelsy Kimes has served up a team-leading 19 aces, while juniors Megan Pollard and Jill Nyhof have earned 17 and 13, respectively.
Block it BickfordSophomore Megan Bickford has tallied 14 solo blocks and 31 assisted blocks in the Chanticleers 15 matches. She posted a season-high three solo blocks against Virginia Tech (Aug. 30) and Lamar (Sept. 5).
Wolf Attack! Senior Kristin Wolf was named to the Courtyard by Marriott Chanticleer Invitational All-Tournament team. Wolf was efficient on the attack, recording 23 kills, and hitting .395 in the three-match span. Wolf tallied 10 kills in the Chanticleers 3-0 win over Chattanooga.
The Great Wall of NyhofIn 15 matches, junior Jill Nyhof has totaled 15 solo blocks, leading the Chanticleers to 32 total solo blocks, trouncing their opponents 16. Nyhof had a career-high five solos and nine total blocks Sept. 5 vs. Lamar.
Kills the Thrill for KimesChelsy Kimes has recorded 160 kills, averaging 3.27 per set. She has nine double-digit kill matches, and three double-doubles, where she tallied 15 kills and 16 digs against Virginia Tech (Aug. 30), 17 kills with 13 digs against Troy (Sept. 13) and 11 kills and 10 digs in the Chants win over Wofford (Sept. 20).
Bickford Boasting Solid AttackSophomore Megan Bickford has tallied 112 kills on 228 attempts for a .360 hitting percentage and is averaging 2.24 kills per set.
Mauck Racks up HonorsFreshman 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 GeorgiaState 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 KimbelCoastal 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 GeorgiaState and Chattanooga and dropped a match to Troy.
Hit the RoadCoastal 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.
Best Western Shocker Classic All-Tournament Nod for BickfordSophomore Megan Bickford was instrumental in Coastal Carolina’s victories over Lamar and IdahoState 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 IdahoState, 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.
Five SetsThe Chanticleers are 2-0 in five set matches this season. Coastal Carolina outlasted Maryland-EasternShore 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 2008 non-conference schedule, Coastal Carolina faced eight opponents for the first time in school history. The Chanticleers went 5-3 in the first shot at their new foes.
Bauer a BuckeyeHead coach Kristin Bauer was a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes volleyball team, where she helped OhioState 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 ThreeThe 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 IdahoState 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 HonorsSophomore 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 StartFreshmen Erika Lightsey and Kelsie Mauck saw their first action Aug. 29 helping the Chanticleers to a 3-0 win over WinstonSalemState. Lightsey registered two kills and Mauck tallied nine assists in the debut. Simone Autry entered her first match as a Chanticleer against South CarolinaState Sept. 19.