Week 6 Notes
This Week’s Matches:
-Tuesday, Sept. 25 vs. UNC Wilmington, 7 p.m (Live Stats)
-Friday, Sept. 28 vs. UNC Asheville, 7 p.m. (Live Stats, Live Video)
-Saturday, Sept. 29 vs. Presbyterian, 2 p.m. (Live Stats)
UNC Wilmington Seahawks
2007 Record: 6-10
2007 Conference Record: 0-2, Colonial
Head Coach: Jennifer McCall
Series Record: UNCW leads 20-17
Last Meeting: UNCW won 3-1, Sept. 19, 2006
Notes: Plays just its second mid-week match on Tuesday night... Previous mid-week match was a 3-1 loss to East Carolina two weeks ago... Comes off a pair of 3-0 losses against CAA foes William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth... Paula McConnell leads the team in kills (151) and hitting percentage (.232)... Ashlyn Morris averages a team-best 2.97 digs per game, while Jill Hoeck averages 9.76 assists per game.
UNC Asheville Bulldogs
2007 Record: 6-11
2007 Conference Record: 0-0, Big South
Head Coach: Julie Torbett
Series Record: UNCA leads 17-16
Last Meeting: UNCA won 3-2 Nov. 17, 2007
Notes: First match of the week is Friday night against Coastal, which opens conference play for the Bulldogs... Had a five-match winning streak before dropping its last three... Comes off a 3-1 loss to Jacksonville on Sunday... Played the last three matches without sophomore Alysha Greer, who is expected to return on Friday... Kelsey Benorden leads the team wtih 235 kills, a .204 hitting percentage and 16 aces... Rachel Guinane averages 8.53 assists per game, while Raquel Miotto averages 4.51 digs.
Presbyterian Blue Hose
2007 Record: 12-4
2007 Conference Record: N/A
Head Coach: Chris Belshe
Series Record: Coastal leads 2-0
Last Meeting: Coastal won 2-0 in 1984
Notes: First year as a Division I institution... Owns a 12-match winning streak... Last loss was to Georgia Aug. 31... Seven of those wins have been in three games... Most recent victory was a sweep of UNC Asheville... Lauren Mason averages an astonishing 5.07 kills per game, which is the top average not to receive a ranking due to reclassifying... Kelsy McKee hits a team-best .359... Rachel Lewis averages 10.69 assists per game, while Elizabeth Heineman averages 4.25 digs per game.
Last Week’s Honors:
Freshman Chelsy Kimes garnered Coastal’s second Big South New Balance Freshman of the Week honors on Sept. 24. Kimes led Coastal last week with 26 kills off 63 total attacks for a .349 hitting percentage. She also totaled three service aces and had 21 digs.
Tuesday Night Delight
Double-doubles and Tuesday nights go hand-in-hand for freshman Chesly Kimes. She’s tallied a double-double in both of Coastal’s Tuesday night matches, with 10 kills and 15 digs against the College of Charleston (Aug. 28) and 13 kills and 12 digs against South Carolina State (Sept. 18).
Starbuck Nears Single-Season Best For Digs
Junior Brett Starbuck is closing in on her single-season career-best digs. Starbuck currently has 281 digs, just 32 shy of her single-season best of 313.
Ace, Ace, Ace
Sophomore Megan Pollard has tallied at least one service ace in five of her last six matches, with 10 of her 16 aces coming in those matches. Included in those matches were a pair of three-ace matches, which is her season-high.
West Contributes To Last Two
Coastal’s final two points against Charleston Southern were largely due to senior Devon West. After entering the match late in the third game, West had a dig and an assist on sophomore Meagan Tracey’s kill to make the game 29-20. West closed out the match with the winning kill.
Familiar Face, Different Team
UNC Wilmington assistant coach Jeanne Lambert will be a familiar face to head coach Kristen Bauer. Lambert played under Bauer for three seasons and became the first Coastal player to garner Academic All-America and Academic All-District honors. She is Coastal’s all-time career leader for games played (464), total attacks (4,855) and digs (1,916). She also holds Coastal’s single-season digs record with 560 set in 2002.
No Blocks About It
With no blocks against South Carolina State, it was the first time a Coastal team under head coach Kristen Bauer did not register a block in a match. Until last Tuesday, the fewest number of blocks Bauer’s teams have registered have been one, which has happened nine times.
The Lady Chanticleers’ eight-match homestand is their second longest span of home matches since 1988. The longest stretch is 12 matches in 2003. Coastal hosted a pair of tournaments and then welcomed UNC Wilmington, High Point, Charlotte, Charleston Southern, Radford and Liberty that season.
Kimbel Sweet Kimbel
Coastal Carolina knows how to defend its home court. Since 1987, the Lady Chanticleers are 165-89 in home matches, including having won nine of their last 11 matches at Kimbel Arena.
The Home Court Advantage
Coastal has gone 13-6 in its first Big South Conference home match since 1988. In her tenure, head coach Kristen Bauer has guided the Lady Chants to a 6-3 record in conference home openers.
Cleaning Out The House
In its last 11 home-openers, Coastal Carolina is 7-4. Out of those 11, eight matches had scores of 3-0, including six of Coastal’s wins.
When In September
Under head coach Kristen Bauer, Coastal Carolina is 53-61 in the month of September, including 7-4 this year. The most matches Coastal has won in a single September was nine in 2003, finishing the month with a 9-4 record.
Coastal’s Overall Leaders
Listed below is where the Lady Chanticleers ranked among the Big South’s overall leaders through Sept. 24.
Hitting Percentage: Megan Bickford, .365 (1st), Jill Nyhof, .229 (9th)
Kills: Chelsy Kimes, 3.58 per game (3rd), Jill Nyhof, 3.42 per game (5th)
Assists: Meagan Tracey, 11.48 per game (1st)
Service Aces: Meagan Tracey, 0.33 per game (6th), Megan Pollard, 0.31 per game (T-9th)
Blocks: Megan Bickford, 0.87 per game (7th)
Digs: Brett Starbuck, 5.11 per game (2nd)
All In the Conference
Listed below is how the Lady Chants ranked in the Big South in only conference-only matches through Sept. 24:
Hitting Percentage: Megan Bickford, .350 (5th), Chelsy Kimes, .263 (8th)
Kills: Chelsy Kimes, 4.33 per game (6th), Jill Nyhof, 3.67 per game (8th)
Assists: Meagan Tracey, 11.67 per game (5th)
Service Aces: Megan Pollard, 1.00 per game (1st), Kristin Wolf, 0.67 per game (3rd), Chelsy Kimes, 0.33 per game (T-9th)
Blocks: Nakia Thompson, 1.67 per game (1st), Kristin Wolf, 1.00 per game (T-4th)
Digs: Brett Starbuck, 4.33 per game (T-7th)
What An Honor
Listed below are Coastal’s individual accolades from the 2007 season. As of Sept. 24, Coastal has garnered six All-Tournament nods, one Big South Conference Choice Hotels Player of the Week and two Big South Conference New Balance Freshman of the Week.
Megan Bickford (Louisville Invitational, Comfort Suites 49ers Volleyball Classic, The Caravelle Resort Invitational)
Brett Starbuck (Barber’s Bulldog Classic, The Caravelle Resort Invitational)
Jill Nyhof (Comfort Suites 49ers Volleyball Classic)
Big South Conference Choice Hotels Player of the Week:
Jill Nyhof (Sept. 10)
Big South Conference New Balance Freshman of the Week:
Megan Bickford (Sept. 10)
Chelsy Kimes (Sept. 24)