Big South: 1-0
Volleyball to Host Two Big-Time Conference Matches This Week..
The Coastal Carolina volleyball team looks to continue its winning record in the Big South as the Lady Chanticleers host two important conference match ups this weekend. The Lady Chanticleers will host the reigning Big South champs Winthrop on Friday, September 29 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, September 30 Coastal hosts another conference foe, High Point, at 4 p.m.
Friday, September 29 vs. Winthrop at 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 30 vs. High Point at 4 p.m.
The Winthrop volleyball team continued on the winning track as it downed Georgia State 30-25, 30-28, 30-20 and UNC Wilmington 30-16, 30-19, 30-17 Saturday afternoon to capture the McAlisters Invitational in Wilmington, NC. This was Winthrops fourth straight tournament title this season. Taryn Surbaugh led the way for the Eagle offense in the win against Georgia State with 13 kills with a .250 hitting percentage, three service aces, assisted blocks and two digs. Surbaugh was responsible for 17.5 points. Also having a strong performance was Shannon Sitzmann who was responsible for 12 points on 11 kills and a .292 hitting percentage.
In the win against UNCW, Sitzmann put down 11 kills on a .444 hitting percentage while Surbaugh hit for .267 on eight kills. Surbaugh was named the All-Tournament MVP.
Winthrop is 16-1 (1-0 in the Big South), its only loss was on the road against Illinois, 0-3 on August 26.
Leading the way for the Eagles is Surbaugh who has 226 kills with a .367 hitting percentage, 17 service aces and 76 assisted blocks. Also the strong arm of Tori Grafeman has offensively helped Winthrop. She has 205 kills, a .211 hitting percentage with 42 assisted blocks. Pohai Nuuhiwa leads the defense scooping up 266 balls. Setter Emily Heckl has 722 assists, averaging 11.46 per game.
As a team, Winthrop has hit for .246 on 954 kills with 854 assists, 892 digs, 119 service aces, 285 assisted blocks and 27 solo blocks. Winthrop has not lost a Big South game in two years.
Scouting High Point...
The Panthers are coming to Kimbel Arena with eight straight losses. Their last win was on September 1 against North Carolina A&T. Most recently, High Point fell to Kent State, 0-3 and Winthrop 0-3. Against Kent State, the Panthers battled offensive consistency getting outhit .092 to .258. Jamie Kaufmann paced the Panther offense with 14 kills. Her double-digit total allowed her to eclipse the 1,000 kill mark for her career, becoming just the third HPU player in the programs eight-year Division I history to reach the milestone. Kaufman has 1,002 in her third season of play for High Point. Audie Gonzalez, was named to the All-Tournament squad, as she completed a solid weekend of play finishing with seven kills and 14 digs. Fellow freshman Megan Kaminskas posted a season-high eight kills and two blocks for HPU, while sophomore libero Lauren Hatch recorded a team-leading 17 digs.
The Panthers pushed the two-time defending Big South champion Winthrop Eagles to extra points in two games in dropping a hard-fought 3-0 match. Junior Jamie Kaufman led the Panthers with her sixth double-double of the year finishing with 14 kills and 15 digs. Senior Sabrina Wahid tallied her fifth double-digit kill performance adding 11 kills for HPU. Wahid and sophomore Lindsay Raus each recorded four blocks to pace the High Point frontline.
On the season, High Point is led by Kaufman who has 147 kills averaging 3.06 per game with 160 digs and 27 service aces. Gonzalez leads in digs with 168 and has also added 136 kills, 13 assisted blocks and two solo blocks. The only Panther hitting above .185 is Sabrina Ward who has 99 kills hitting for .207. Setter Kristina Taylor has 409 assists.
As a team, High Point has hit for .122 on 585 kills with 519 assists, 815 digs, 74 service aces and 75.5 total blocks.
The Coastal Carolina University volleyball team fell to UNC WIlmington 3-1 Sept. 19 in Wilmington, N.C. Game scores were 30-23, 18-30, 30-26 and 30-18. Rinne led the Lady Chants with 11 kills, while Nakia Thompson (Lexington, S.C./Lexington) and Laura Obert (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) had 10 apiece. Freshman Megan Pollard (Naperville, Ill./Central) and Jill Nyhof (Alpharetta, Ga./Northview) had 11 digs apiece, while freshman Meagan Tracey (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) had 42 assists. Obert also had a solo block and three assisted blocks.
For UNCW, Lindsay Strucko had 15 kills and Liz Mitchell had 15 digs. Jill Hoeck had 48 assists in the winning effort.
Coastal ended the game with a .162 hitting percentage and seven total blocks. UNCW hit .253 on the match and had nine total blocks.
The Coastal Carolina volleyball team opened up their Big South Conference play with a win on the road against Charleston Southern, 30-25, 27-30, 30-21, 30-20. Two Lady Chanticleers had double-doubles as the team moved to 1-0 in the conference.
Both Thompson and Kristin Rinne (Fountain Hills, Ariz./Fountain Hills) recorded double-doubles in the win. Thompson led the offense with 18 kills, 23 digs while Rinne had 10 kills, 14 digs. Nyhof ended the night with 17 kills. Obert and Ashley Scheible (Westerville, Ohio/North) also added strong performances with nine kills and eight kills, respectively.
For Charleston Southern, Jenni Shepherd had 19 kills and Jillian Worby had 13 kills, 10 digs in the loss.
Coastal ended the game with a .258 hitting percentage and seven total blocks. CSU hit .096 on the match and had six total blocks.
The Coastal Carolina volleyball team fell to Jacksonville in a non-conference match-up Sunday, September 24, 30-24, 28-30, 20-30, 21-30. Thompson and Rinne had double-doubles for the second match in a row in the loss. Thompson led the offense with 13 kills, 17 digs while Rinne added 10 kills, 17 digs. Several Lady Chants had double-digit kills in the loss. Obert and Nyhof each had 11 kills while Scheible had 10. Libero Pollard had 14 digs and junior Devon West (Ontario, Canada/Cambrian College) scooped up 10.
For Jacksonville, Sara Bendorf exploded with 24 kills and 16 digs and Eva Stoilova added 10 kills and 11 digs.
Coastal ended the game with a .195 hitting percentage, eight total blocks and 28 errors.
Nyhof Earns Big South Honors
Jill Nyhof (Alpharetta, Ga./Northview) has been named New Balance Freshman of the Week as announced by the Big South Conference Monday, September 25.
Nyhof, a middle blocker, posted two double-digit kill matches on the week as Coastal picked up its first League win of the year. After dropping its first match of the week against UNC Wilmington, Nyhof posted 17 kills with a .452 hitting percentage in Coastals victory against conference foe Charleston Southern, 3-1 on September 23. The next day against Jacksonville, Nyhof blasted 11 kills with a .308 hitting percentage. For the week, Nyhof recorded 35 kills, averaging 2.92 kills per game, while adding 16 digs and four blocks.
On the season, Nyhof is tied for first in kills with 151 in 15 matches averaging 2.7 kills per game. She also has scooped up 70 balls, blocked 22 attacks and served seven aces.
Freshman Step it Up...
Nyhof isnt the only freshman turning heads this season for the Lady Chants. Meagan Tracey has stepped into the starting setter position while sophomore Brett Starbuck (Glen Allen, Va./JR Tucker) is recovering from an injury. In the past three games, Tracey has assisted on 152 kills, setting a career-best 58 against Charleston Southern. Libero Pollard leads the team in digs, scooping up 195. In the past three games, she had 43 digs. Rachel Bonertz (Spokane, Wash./East Valley is hitting .148 on seven kills.
First Big South Win....
Several team and individual season and career highs were made in the victory against Charleston Southern for the Lady Chanticleers.
As a team, Coastal had season-highs across the board with a .258 hitting percentage on 67 kills and 65 assists.
Rinne tied her season-high hitting percentage with .381.
Nyhof had a career-best hitting percentage at .452.
Thompson had a season high in both kills (18) and digs (23).
Rinne had a season-high 17 digs in the loss against Jacksonville.
Big South Standings...
Pollard has two 20-dig matches the last being 25 against North Florida. Thompson also has two, with 23 against Charleston Southern. Nyhof has one also against North Florida. Tracey has two 50-assist matches, the latest against Charleston Southern. Five Lady Chanticleers are on the list of double-doubles. Thompson is third with seven, Starbuck and Rinne have four, Tracey has three and Nyhof has one.
Tracey and Starbuck both rank on the assists per game list averaging 9.66 and 6.20, respectively. Pollard ranks on digs per game with 3.55.
Coastal leads the series against Winthrop, 21-15. The last time the Lady Chanticleers defeated Winthrop was in 2003 when CCU won both matches 3-2 during the season. Obert had a combined 26 kills and Rinne had 26 digs.
Coastal leads the series against High Point, 17-4. The Panthers last defeated Coastal during the regular season in 2004, 1-3. However, Coastal retaliated and won the second meeting that year 3-0. In the win, Obert had 12 kills while Scheible added eight. Obert again had a strong performance in the loss with 11 kills and Rinne had 12 digs.
Big South Conference...
After hosting Winthrop and High Point, Coastal 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.
Next Week for the Lady Chants...
The Lady Chanticleers host S.C. State Tuesday, October 3 at 7 p.m., before taking the road to travel to Virginia where they will face Liberty Friday, October 6 at 7 p.m. and Radford October 7 at 2 p.m. Coastal will play three more on the road against SC State, UNC Asheville and Birmingham-Southern before returning to Kimbel to host Liberty.