Volleyball Makes Home Debut This Weekend
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team plays its first home matches of the season this weekend as it welcomes UTA and Texas State to the HTC Center for a pair of Sun Belt Conference matchups on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
Coastal had a good start to its Sun Belt Conference schedule last weekend as it defeated both Arkansas State and Little Rock in four sets.
The Chanticleer offense was impressive through the first two matches, averaging 14.5 kills per set with a .302 hitting percentage. For the season, Coastal is hitting .234 to lead the Sun Belt, and averaging 12.9 kills per set to rank third in the league.
Leah Hardeman led the Chants' attack last weekend, and her efforts resulted in her third Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week honor in the past four weeks. The senior outside hitter averaged 6.38 kills per set while hitting .438. Her 19 kills at A-State moved her into fourth place among Coastal's career kills leaders, and her 32 kills at Little Rock set a CCU single-match record.
On the defensive side, Coastal averaged 16.62 digs and 2.62 blocks per set to limit its two opponents to hitting a combined .125. Larissa Dos Santos led the middles with 11 total blocks, while Sydney Alvis provided a team-leading 4.0 digs per set.
Heading into this weekend's matches against UTA and Texas State, the Chants have a pair of streaks they would like to see extended.
To date, A-State is the only Sun Belt opponent to have defeated Coastal, and the Chants have won 19 straight league matches since that lone loss on Sept. 25, 2016.
That loss was also Coastal's last on its home court. The Chants have won their last seven matches at the HTC Center, and are 18-2 overall in the building since the start of the 2015 season.
Last season featured Coastal's first-ever matches against both UTA and Texas State. The Chants won their lone meeting against the Mavericks in three sets. Coastal defeated Texas State in four sets in the regular season, and added a second four-set win over the Bobcats in the semifinal of the Sun Belt Championship.