Coastal volleyball has a pair of Big South Conference games this week starting on Friday, Oct. 1 as they visited Radford, Va. to challenge Radford University at 7 p.m.. From that game, Coastal will continue the Virginia portion of their schedule as they travel to Lynchburg, Va. to take on Liberty University on Saturday, October 2, at 2 p.m.
Radford arrives at the game 2-9 on season and 0-1 in Big South Conference play. The Highlanders lost their last game to Birmingham- Southern on Sunday, Sept. 26, 3-0. This will be the first home game of the season for the Highlanders. RU is led by junior Divona Cox whose has tallied 90 kills and a .314 hitting percentage, which is fifth in the conference. Freshman setter Josie Hanners has 320 assists an average of 9.14, which is sixth in the conference. Radford leads the all-time series with Coastal 14-11.
Liberty arrives at this game 1-11 and 0-1 in conference play with two more games to be played against non-conference opponent Appalachian State, Sept. 28, and Big South rival Charleston Southern, October 1st, before they welcome Coastal to Lynchburg, Va. on Saturday, Oct. 2. The Flames dropped their last game over the weekend to Big South rival Birmingham-Southern, 3-0. LU is led by senior Jennifer Belk whose 147 kills are fifth in the country.Liberty leads the all-time series with Coastal 16-11.
Last Weeks Recap
Sophomore Krista Kimble 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. 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. Besides Kimbles performance, other standout Lady Chants include sophomore Alicia Meyers who recorded 10 kills and eight digs. Junior outside hitter Katherine Jensen recorded a match-high 11 digs. Reigning Big South Conference Player of the Week Jennifer Hampton led both teams with 36 assists.
High Point University
Coastal Carolina University volleyball team (7-5, 0-1) opened their 2004 Big South Conference schedule with a hard fought loss to High Point University, 3-1, on Friday night, Sept. 24 at the Mills Center in High Point, N.C. Coastal was led in defeat by Katherine Jensen who had 15 kills and 14 digs. Laura Obert was the only other Lady Chant to register double figures in kills with 11. Besides Jensen, Coastal had three other players that registered double digit totals in digs, as Hampton, Kristin Rinne and Alicia Meyers recorded 13, 12, 11, respectively. Hampton recorded a team-high 36 assists for Coastal in defeat.
The Coastal Carolina University volleyball team (7-6, 0-2 Big South) was defeated for second consecutive match, this time coming at the hands of Winthrop University (13-2, 2-0 Big South) on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 25, 27-30, 22-30 and 22-30, in Rock Hill, S.C. The match featured two of the top setters in the conference with Emily Heckl and Coastals Jennifer Hampton going head-to-head, but the Eagles sophomore had the more impressive performance with a 43 assists and .462 attack percentage on seven kills. Hampton had a solid performance with 33 assists and nine kills.
The Coastal Carolina volleyball team began its home season the right way, by defeating University of Tennessee-Chattanoga (0-7) in three games on the first day of the Microtel Inn and Suites Chanticleer Classic, Sept. 17.Coastal was led to the three-game victory by Katherine Jensen, whose 12 kills led both teams. She also tallied10 digs. Jennifer Hampton had game leading 35 assists and 13 digs. Junior setter Kali Banghart had a great game with a game-high 18 digs. Sophomore Kristin Rinne was the fourth and final Chant in double figures in digs with 12.
North Carolina State
In the first match of the morning on Sept. 18, Coastal dropped the first game to North Carolina State (26-30) and were not looking at their best, but they rebounded well in second game (30-24) to tie the games at one apiece. North Carolina State and CCU went back and forth with each taking one game to make the game dead even at 2-2 bringing up the fifth and decisive game. The Lady Chants built on the momentum of defeating the Wolfpack in the previous game, who coming into this tournament had only lost one game all season long, and took the Wolfpack down in stunning fashion, 15-7. This earned Coastal a chance to play for the championship later that evening against Long Island. Leading Coastal in victory was Katherine Jensen who tallied game highs with 28 kills and a 20 digs. Junior setter Jennifer Hampton also had a game high 61 assists to go with her 15 digs. Sophomore Alicia Meyers was the third Lady Chanticleers with a double-double with 13 kills and 14 digs. Junior Krista Kimble and sophomore Laura Obert each recorded 11 kills. Two other CCU players reached the double figure mark in digs with junior Kali Banghart and freshman Jaclynn Yocum tallying 16 and 10, respectively.
Long Island University
Coastal Carolina would finish up the tournament taking on Long Island for the championship. Coastal again fell behind early as Long Islands women would be ready for the challenge, and quickly took a two game lead on Coastal. Facing elimination Coastal rallied behind the play of Katherine Jensen to take a game three (30-28) from LIU and make it only a one game deficit. Unfortunately that would be as close as CCU could get as Long Island and their three members of the All-Tournament Team, including the MVP senior Cristinia Pintilie eliminated the Lady Chants in game four, 22-30. CCU would have to settle for their third second place finish in as many tournaments this season.Coastal would be lead in defeat by Jensen who tallied 16 kills and Jennifer Hampton who recorded 38 assists and 15 digs. CCU would be outhit in the game 67-54 and in hitting percentage .240 to .151.
The final standing would be as follows
1. Long Island University
2. Coastal Carolina University
3. University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
4. North Carolina State University
The Chanticleer Classic All-Tournament team would include one woman from Tennessee-Chattanooga in junior Lindsey Galloway, two from Coastal in sophomore Laura Obert and junior Jennifer Hampton, and three from Long Island in junior Lizelle Jackson and sophomore Dana Demayo and the tournament MVP senior Cristina Pintilie.
College of Charleston
The Lady Chants played a red hot team in College of Charleston. C of C arrived fresh off winning the Panther Invitational, where they didnt lose a match the entire weekend. Unfortunately for Coastal that streak continued through their games on September 14. Coastal was defeated 23-30, 16-30, 26-30 in three games. Leading CCU in defeat was sophomore Laura Obert who had 10 kills and a hitting percentage of .500. Junior Katherine Jensen recorded 10 kills and 11 assists.
Battling at the Bash
The Lady Chanticleers spend the second weekend in a row on the road playing in the Big Orange Bash on September 10 hosted by Clemson University. They took on the host school in the first game on Friday afternoon. They gave their best effort and played Clemson very tough but fell in three sets 22-30, 24-30 and 23-30. The Lady Chants were led in defeat by junior Katherine Jensen who tallied 17 kills and junior setter Jennifer Hampton who had 33 assists. CCU was led in digs by sophomore Kristin Rinne who had nine.
The Lady Chants played their second game of the afternoon on Friday, Sept. 10 against Louisiana-Lafayette. Katherine Jensen led the Chants with 18 kills and nine digs. Setter Jennifer Hampton also played well with 45 assists and seven digs. Sophomore Laura Obert had a solid performance in the 3-1 victory (30-22, 20-30, 30-21, 31-29) with 12 kills.Central Michigan
Coastal came out firing and defeated the Chippewas in three sets (30-28, 30-17, 30-28) on Saturday morning, Sept. 11. Katherine Jensen led CCU with 14 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore Ashley Scheible contributed 12 kills on a .524 hitting percentage. Jennifer Hampton led the team with 40 assists.
The Lady Chanticleers opened their 2004 season by playing in the Dayton Invitational. They started off playing against University of Dayton on Sept. 3. It was closely fought match, with Coastal winning the first game (30-24) but then falling to Dayton (26-30, 28-30, 26-30)in the next three games. The highlight of the evening was junior setter Jennifer Hampton, who registered her third career triple double with 10 kills, 43 assists and 13 digs. Junior Katherine Jensen also played well recording a double-double with 17 kills and 12 digs.
The Lady Chants came back on Sept. 4 to win the early game from West Virginia in three sets 30-19, 30-25, 30-18. Jennifer Hampton again played well coming up with a double-double with 24 assists and 11 digs. Sophomore Alicia Meyers also had a great game with 20 digs.
In a closely fought match the Chants won the first game 31-29, lost the second games 29-31 and won the last two game 30-19 and 30-22. The Chants were led again by Katherine Jensen who tallied 20 kills and 16 digs. Hampton played well again picking up 51 assists to go with 11 digs. Ashley Scheible and Krista Kimble had great defensive games with a eight blocks each.
Honors A Plenty
Laura Obert and Jennifer Hampton were both named to the Chanticleer Classic All-Tournament Team as they led Coastal to a second place finish. Previously Katherine Jensen and Laura Obert were both named to the All-Big Orange Bash Team as they led Coastal to a second place finish. In the first tournament Katherine Jensen and Jennifer Hampton were both named to the Dayton Invitational All-Tournament for their outstanding performances as Coastal ended up taking second place in the Dayton Invitational as well.
Player of the Week
Jennifer Hampton was honored as the Co-Player of the Week in the Big South Conference for Sept. 13-20. Hampton helped Coastal upset NC State with a 61 assists and 15 dig effort at the Chanticleer Classic. For the week she tallied 17 assists, 161 assists and 57 digs with a .288 hitting percentage.
Coastal is currently ranked fourth in the Big South Conference in opponent hitting percentage (.199) and is averaging 14.46 kills a game, which is second in the Big South Conference. CCU also is third in the conference as it averages better than 15 digs per game (15.72) and more than two blocks a game (2.15)which ranks third in the Big South.
Coastals Laura Obert, Krista Kimble and Jennifer Hampton are among the top ten in hitting percentage at .343, .293 and .282 respectively. Hampton is third in the conference in assists with 10.91 per match. Coastal boasts the third leading blocker in the conference in Krista Kimble who is averaging 1.07 blocks per game. Kimble is one of only three women this year to total nine blocks in a single game (versus North Carolina State).
The Kill Shot
CCUs Katherine Jensen is second in the conference in kills and one of only three women averaging better than four kills per game (4.20). Jensen tallied a conference high for five games with 28 kills against North Carolina State.
Coastal volleyball will be coming home on Oct. 9 to take on UNC Asheville at 2 p.m. CCU will continue their home stand on Sunday, Oct. 10 as they take on Birmingham-Southern at 2 p.m.