The CoastalCarolinaUniversity volleyball team (11-6, 1-1) hits the road for a two-game swing travelling to Charleston Southern Tuesday, Sept. 30 for its first mid-week match of the season, followed by a trip to High Point, N.C., to take on the Panthers Friday, Oct. 3. Coastal Carolina enters this week at .500 in conference play after splitting its first two Big South matches. The Chanticleers opened Big South Conference action, defeating Radford 3-0 before falling to Liberty 3-1 last week. Coastal Carolina pushed its winning streak to six matches with the win over the Highlanders, but had it snapped by defending Big South Conference champion Liberty. Sophomore Chelsy Kimes tallied nine service aces against Radford, including five aces in the second frame. Junior Meagan Tracey recorded 53 assists for the Chants, while senior Brett Starbuck had 28 digs in two matches.
Match #18 - Tues. Sept. 30,
at Charleston Southern Lady Buccaneers
2008 Record: 10-7, 1-1 Big South
Head Coach: Danyel Bellush
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 32-13
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina won 3-1 (Nov. 9, 2007)
Scouting the Lady Bucs:Charleston Southern saw its six-match winning streak dissapear when it opened Big South Conference play hosting Liberty, where the Lady Flames dropped the Lady Bucs 3-0... Charleston Southern rebounded with a 3-0 win over Radford... Sophomore Amanda Hill drives the Charleston Southern attack with 246 kills, averaging 3.97 kills per set... Junior Sam Sasan has 418 assists in 17 matches... Sophomore Emily Libertowski has registered 200 digs while three other Lady Bucs have earned over 150 digs on the season.
Series vs. Charleston Southern: The Chanticleers enter the match having won the past 17 meetings with the Lady Bucs... Charleston Southern’s last win against the Chanticleers came in five sets Oct. 10, 2001...Coastal Carolina surrendered only one set to Charleston Southern in its two matches last season.
Match #19 - Fri. Oct. 3,
at High Point Panthers
2008 Record: 12-3, 2-0 Big South
Head Coach: Chad Esposito
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 17-8
Last Meeting: High Point won 3-0 (Nov. 3, 2007)
Scouting the Panthers:High Point has posted an impressive 12-3 record, including a nine game winning stretch in 2008... The Panthers started conference play defeating UNC Asheville in five sets, before picking up a 3-1 victory over Presbyterian... Led by Audie Gonzalez’s 168 kills, the Panthers have four players contributing more than 120 kills on the season... Kristina Taylor guides the Panthers offense with 520 assists...Sophomore libero Julie Hershkowitz earned two-straight Big South Libero of the Week selections (Sept. 2 and Sept. 10)...Senior Lindsay Raus was named Big South Player of the Week Sept. 22.
Series vs. High Point: The Panthers have won the past four meetings with the Chanticleers... Coastal Carolina’s last win over the Panthers came Nov. 4, 2005... The Chants grabbed a two-set lead Oct. 12, but High Point rallied back to win the five-set thriller... Chelsy Kimes tallied 26 kills while sophomore Megan Bickford had 19 kills in the two-match series last season.
Chanticleers DIG PINK in October
The CoastalCarolinaUniversity volleyball team will be participating in the DIG PINK National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally during the month of October. The Chants will be hosting their DIG PINK match against the Winthrop Eagles Tuesday, Oct. 7, where they will be donning pink uniforms for the match in conjunction with plenty of giveaways for the home crowd.
This special DIG PINK event will recognize Martha Davis, wife of Coastal Carolina women’s tennis Head Coach Jody Davis. Mrs. Davis is a six-year survivor of breast cancer, and a beloved member of the Chanticleer family.
All proceeds generated through the month of October will be donated to The Side-Out Foundation (www.side-out.org) and a local breast cancer organization in the Myrtle Beach/Conway area.
ChanticleersPeak During Streak
Coastal Carolina out-hit its opponents .313 to .075 during its six match win streak. During the winning stretch, Sophomores Chelsy Kimes and Amanda Russell tallied 48 and 44 kills, respectively. The Chants also posted 58 service aces to their opponents 18.
Sommmmebody Stop Her!!!
Sophomore Chelsy Kimes registered a career high nine service aces against Radford Sept. 26. Kimes tallied five aces in the second set of the match.
Stingy Defense Dominates S.C.State Spikefest
The 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 Selection
Junior 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.
Coastal Carolina has recorded 126 service aces to their opponents 80. The Chanticleers are averaging 2.1 aces per set, which ranks ninth-best in the NCAA. Sophomore Chelsy Kimes has served up a team-leading 29 aces, while juniors Megan Pollard and Jill Nyhof have earned 22 and 14, respectively.
Block it Bickford
Sophomore Megan Bickford has tallied 15 solo blocks and 32 block assists in the Chanticleers 17 matches. She posted a season-high three solo blocks against Virginia Tech (Aug. 30) and Lamar (Sept. 5).
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 Nyhof
In 17 matches, junior Jill Nyhof has totaled 15 solo blocks and 50 block assists, leading the team with 65 blocks. Nyhof had a career-high five solos and nine total blocks Sept. 5 vs. Lamar.
Kills the Thrill for Kimes
Sophomore Chelsy Kimes has recorded 195 kills, averaging 3.48 per set. She has 11 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 Attack
Sophomore Megan Bickford has tallied 125 kills on 265 attempts for a .340 hitting percentage and is averaging 2.23 kills per set.
Mauck Racks up Honors
Freshman 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 Kimbel
Coastal Carolina knows how to defend its home court. Since 1987, the Chanticleers are 171-98 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 Road
Coastal 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 Bickford
Sophomore 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.
The 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 Buckeye
Head 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 Three
The 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 Honors
Sophomore 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 Start
Freshmen 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.