Oct. 4, 2010
Bump, Set, Spike Coastal
The Coastal Carolina University volleyball team finished up its three-match homestand and are back on the road, traveling to Winthrop on Tuesday, Oct. 5 for a 6 p.m. match and Liberty on Saturday, Oct. 9 for a 12 p.m. match. Coastal is coming off a 3-0 record, going nearly perfect, losing only one set last week to Presbyterian. The Chanticleers extended their home win streak at Kimbel to 7-0 on the season. Meghan Laffin was named Big South Freshman of the Week after notching 24 kills, a .432 attack percentage, 11 digs and 14 blocks.
This Week’s Matches:
- Tuesday, Oct. 5 at Winthrop, 6 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 9 at Liberty, 12 p.m.
Live Stats will be available at www.GoCCUsports.com
2010 Record: 6-10
2010 Conference Record: 3-1 (Big South)
Head Coach: Sally Polhamus
Series Record: Coastal leads 24-18
Last Meeting: Coastal won 3-2 on Nov. 3, 2009
Notes: The Eagles are on a three-game winning streak in conference play… They are only 2-3 when playing at home overall… Senior Kaley Viola leads the team in kills with at total of 188, averaging 2.98 kills per set… Senior Sara Felts is right behind with 158 kills, averaging 2.51 per set… Senior Kelsey Harrison leads the team in digs with 249, averaging 3.95 per set and Viola is right behind with 208, averaging 3.30 per set… Junior Becca Toor ranks first in blocks with 12 solo and 59 total, averaging 0.94 per set…
Laffin Earns Her First Big South Honor
Meghan Laffin earned her first Big South weekley honor of her career after being named Big South Freshman of the Week for matches played Sept. 27-Oct. 3. Laffin, a middle blocker from Holbrook, N.Y., notched 24 kills, a .432 attack percentage, 11 digs and 14 blocks to help her Chanticleers to a 3-0 record last week. She started her week off with five kills, four digs and four blocks in the win over UNC Wilmington on Sept. 28. Against Gardner-Webb on Oct. 1, Laffin connected on 11 kills in 17 attempts to finish with a .647 attack percentage. She also chipped in six aces, three digs and four blocks to lead Coastal Carolina to the 3-0 win over the Bulldogs. She finished her week with eight kills, a .333 hitting percentage, six blocks and four digs as the Chanticleers downed the Blue Hose, 3-1, on Oct. 2.
So far this season, the Chants have played three matches on Tuesday nights and have won all of them. Coastal remains undefeated on Tuesday after beating Campbell, Charleston Southern and UNC Wilmington.
Home Sweet Home
Coastal is currently 7-0 at home this season and the last time the Chants were still undefeated at home in October was 2003 with a 5-0 mark. Prior to 2003, Coastal had three undefeated home marks in October, including 1989, 1996 and 2002. The team will defend its home court again on Friday, Oct. 15 against High Point.
Laffin Takes It To The Bulldogs
Freshman Meghan Laffin took it to Gardner-Webb on Friday, Oct. 1 as she recorded three new career highs with 11 kills, a .647 hitting percentage and six service aces. In the second set of the match, Laffin served 11 straight points to put the set out of reach for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, registering five service aces during the span, including four aces in a row. She also posted four blocks in the match.
During the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3, Coastal Carolina went almost perfect, losing just one set in three matches. The Chants started the week with a 3-0 win over UNC Wilmington on Sept. 28 and continued with a 3-0 sweep over Gardner-Webb on Oct. 1. The team finished out the week, dropping its only set of the week to Presbyterian in the first, but rallied back to win 3-1 and post a perfect 3-0 mark.
Chant 2-0 in October
The Chanticleers start the month of October with a 2-0 record. It is the second time the squad has started October with two wins. The 1996 squad went 10-1 in October with the only loss on Oct. 1 against Clemson while the 1998 team started the month of October on a 4-match win streak, losing only two in the month. More recently, the 2000 team went 9-1 in October, losing on Oct. 1 to UNC Asheville.
Coastal Comes From Behind in Third Set Against UNCW
In the Sept. 28 match against UNC Wilmington, the Chanticleers breezed through the first two sets, winning 25-18 and 25-15. However, in the third set, Coastal was down by four with the Seahawks at set point at 24-20, but the Chants came back scoring the next five points to win the match. Chelsy Kimes led the team with 17 kills.
Bickford Named Big South Defensive Player of the Week
Senior Megan Bickford of the Coastal Carolina University volleyball team was named Big South Defensive Player of the Week for matches played Sept. 20-26, announced today by the league. Bickford, a senior from Olathe, Kan., posted 11 blocks and averaged 1.38 blocks per set as her Chanticleers posted a 1-1 record in Big South games last week. Bickford kicked her week off with three blocks, including one solo and three digs in Coastal Carolina’s 3-0 win over Charleston Southern on Sept. 21. Against Asheville on Sept. 24, Bickford notched three solo blocks and five block assists to finish the match with eight total blocks against the Bulldogs. She also chipped in five digs and one ace against Asheville.
Kimes Tops the Record Book
Senior Chelsy Kimes became the all-time leader in kills at Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 25 against UNC Asheville. Going into the match, she needed just 21 kills to become the leader and finished the match with a season-high 25 kills. She surpassed Katerine Jensen-Spencer as the all-time kill leader in the fourth set against the Bulldogs. Last season, Kimes recorded her 1,000th kill against Western Carolina on Sept. 19, 2009.
Chants Take the Kills From Hill
In Coastal’s first Big South matchup of the season against Charleston Southern, the Chanticleers held the Buccaneers to a team attack percentage under .100 for the match. The squad also kept Charleston Southern’s ace Amanda Hill, who ranked third in the NCAA in kills per set, quiet with only eight kills on the night and just one kill in both the first and second sets.
The Chanticleers are 2-1 in five set matches this season. Coastal Carolina outlasted Long Island Sept. 4 in the final set to secure a 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 25-12, 23-25, 15-9) win at the Hokie Invitational. The Chants stayed close in the deciding set, but at 5-all, Coastal went on a 7-2 run and never looked back. The Chants rallied to a 3-2 (25-20, 14-25, 25-19, 25-27, 15-11) victory over USC Upstate at the Comfort Suites Coastal Carolina Invitational Sept. 11. Coastal lost its first five-set match of season on Saturday, Sept. 25 at UNC Asheville as the Bulldogs pulled out a grueling 3-2 (25-14, 23-25, 26-24, 21-25, 11-15) victory over the Chanticleers.
Lights On for Lightsey
Junior Erika Lightsey has been a consistant contributor for the Chanticleers this season. She had a career night against Campbell, registering a career-high 13 kills and 10 digs. She also earned her first double-double of her collegiate career against the Camels. Against Charleston Southern, Lightsey tied her career-high 13 kills and posted 14 digs, a new career high. She was virtually unstoppable, hitting .571 on the night.
Kimes Joins 1,000th-Dig Club
Senior Chelsy Kimes joined the 1,000-dig club on Sept. 10 against the Citadel at the Comfort Suites Invitational. She currently has 1,091 digs in her career and ranks ninth all-time at Coastal.
Bickford Joins 1,000th-Kill Club
Senior Megan Bickford joined the 1,000-kill club on Sept. 18 versus then 25th ranked Ohio State. She currently ranks ninth on the all-time kill list with 1,110.
Kills the Thrill for Kimes
Senior Chelsy Kimes has recorded 261 kills, averaging 3.95 per set. She has 13 double-digit kill matches, including six double-digit kill performances in a row and nine double-doubles. The Chants are 5-3 when Kimes has a double-double.
at Wake Forest (Aug. 27) - 14 kills, 15 digs
at Virginia Tech (Sept. 3) - 12 kills, 16 digs
vs. Jacksonville State (Sept. 4) - 13 kills, 17 digs
vs. Long Island (Sept. 4) - 24 kills, 15 digs
at Campbell (Sept. 7) - 22 kills, 11 digs
vs. The Citadel (Sept. 10) - 14 kills, 11 digs
vs. USC Upstate (Sept. 11) - 24 kills, 12 digs
at Kennesaw State (Sept. 17) - 16 kills, 15 digs
at UNC Asheville (Sept. 25) - 25 kills, 18 digs
Chants Take Set From No. 25 Ohio State
The Chants closed the Kennesaw State Owl Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 18 with a 3-1 loss to No. 25 Ohio State. After losing the first set, Coastal came out looking like a different team in the second set, winning the set 25-22 and handing Ohio State its only set loss of the tournament. During the set, both teams stayed close, forcing 11 ties and four lead changes with the Chanticleers taking the final lead at 15-14. After taking the lead for the final time, Coastal went on a 5-3 run, but Ohio State did not go away easily. The Buckeyes tried to build a late comeback, but at 24-22, Megan Bickford ended the set with a kill from Lauren Alejo. Chelsy Kimes and Bickford each registered three kills a piece in the set and three other Chants joined in the action with two kills.
Mauck Joins 1,000th-Assist Club
Junior Kelsie Mauck joined the 1,000th-assist club on Sept. 11 against USC Upstate at the Comfort Suites Coastal Carolina Invitational. She currently ranks ninth all-time at Coastal Carolina with 1,128 assists.
Laffin Earns All-Tournament Honors
Freshman Meghan Laffin earned her second All-Tournament team nod of her young Coastal career at the Kennesaw State Owl Invitational Sept. 17-18, finishing with 15 kills and seven blocks. She also registered one service ace against Troy and Kennesaw State.
Bailey Records First Career Kill
Freshman Kindra Bailey saw her first action as a Chanticleer at the Comfort Suites Coastal Carolina Invitational, playing in one set against the Citadel Sept. 10. On Sept. 11, she played in all three sets of the Norfolk State match and recorded her first career kill on three attacks.
Coastal Wins Home Tournament
Coastal won its first three home matches of the season, sweeping the Comfort Suites Coastal Carolina Invitational Sept. 10-11 and improving their win streak to five matches. In the first match of the tournament, the Chants blanked the Citadel 3-0 with Chelsy Kimes registering her sixth double-double of the season. On Saturday, Coastal completed the sweep with a 3-0 win over Norfolk State and a tough 3-2 victory over USC Upstate.
Bickford and Kimes Selected To All-Tournament Team
Seniors Megan Bickford and Chelsy Kimes were selected to the Comfort Suites Coastal Carolina All-Tournament Team for their efforts at the event. Kimes was also named tournament MVP after registering 45 kills, averaging 4.09 kills per set, 35 digs, and seven service aces. Bickford posted nine blocks, 16 kills and two service aces to help Coastal to three wins at the tournament.
Coastal Keeps the Streak Alive
After defeating Long Island in the final match of the Hokie Invitational, the Chanticleers kept the win streak alive beating Campbell 3-1 and sweeping the Comfort Suites Coastal Carolina Invitational to bring the streak to five matches. Coastal had a come from behind win over the Camels as it lost the first set, but won the next three, earning the second win of the season.
Chants Earn First Win of the Season
In the final day of the Hokie Invitational, the Chanticleers snapped their five-game losing streak, defeating Long Island 3-2 on Saturday, Sept. 4. It was the first five-set match of the season for Coastal.
Kimes Named to Hokie Invitational All-Tournament Team
Chelsy Kimes was selected to the Hokie Invitational All-Tournament team after registering 49 kills, including a season-high 24 kills against Long Island and averaging 4.08 kills per set at the event. She also posted 48 digs and tallied three service aces while earning a double-double in all three matches and fourth double-double in a row.
Laffin has Career Match Against Long Island
Freshman Meghan Laffin had a career match against the Blackbirds of Long Island. She registered 10 kills and nine blocks to help the Chanticleers capture their first win of the season.
Gill Joins the 30-Dig Club
Freshman Lindsay Gill joined the 30-dig club in her sixth collegiate game against Long Island. She tallied 30 digs to lead the Coastal defense.
Laffin Named to All-Tournament Team
Freshman Meghan Laffin earned her first All-Tournament team honor of her collegiate career at the Deacon Invitational hosted by Wake Forest. Laffin finished the tournament with 17 kills, three digs and eight blocks, including two solo blocks against East Tennessee State Aug. 28.
Freshmen Make Immediate Impact
Three freshmen saw their first collegiate action at the Deacon Invitational Aug. 27-28. Meghan Laffin got her first collegiate starts in all three matches at the event, registering eight blocks, including two solo blocks -on the weekend. Lauren Alejo started her first collegiate match against East Tennessee State Aug. 28 as the setter and averaged 5.10 assists per set in the event. The final freshman making her collegiate debut was Lindsay Gill in the libero spot, who averaged 3.40 digs per set at the tournament.
Kimes Selected As Candidate for Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Senior Chelsy Kimes was selected as a candidate for the first-ever Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in volleyball, announced Aug. 26 by the Awards Committee. Kimes was one of 30 student-athletes who were selected and to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. Kimes has maintained a 3.84 cumulative grade point average as a biology major and has been named to the Big South Presidential honor roll her freshman, sophomore and junior years. She has been a leader both on and off the court throughout her time at Coastal. Kimes has served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative for the volleyball team and has been a part of numerous community service experiences around the Myrtle Beach area. Athletically, she is known as one of the Big South’s most lethal attackers and was recently named the league’s Preseason Player of the Year. Last season, she helped lead the Chanticleers to their first Big South Tournament title and NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998. Kimes was named the Tournament MVP and also received first team All-Big South honors. In the record book, she ranks fourth in career kills in Coastal Carolina history and second in career kills per set at 3.74. She also ranks fourth in the Big South in season kills per set.
Familiar Names and Faces
Coastal Carolina returns 10 of 13 players from 2009. The veterans include seniors Megan Bickford, Chelsy Kimes, Amanda Russell, and Kristin Cozzens, juniors Erika Lightsey, Kelsie Mauck and Simone Autry and sophomores Sierra Livesay and Samantha Palka.
Five freshmen join the Coastal Carolina’s roster for the 2010 season. New to the team this year are Lindsay Gill, Lauren Alejo, Kindra Bailey, Meghan Laffin and Michelle Fowle.
Bauer Hires Two New Assistant Coaches
During the off season, head coach Kristen Bauer welcomed two new assistant coaches to the Coastal volleyball family. Tucker Short and Pavlina Steffkova both joined the staff for the 2010 season. Short comes to Coastal after being on staff of the prestigious TCA Volleyball Club in Southern California and prior to his time in California, Short served as assistant coach at University at Buffalo as the program’s recruiting coordinator and setter coach. Steffkova joins the Chanticleer staff after being on staff at Alabama for two seasons and prior to Alabama, Steffkova served as both head and assistant coach at Birmingham-Southern.
Coastal First in Preseason Poll
In the Big South Conference Preseason Poll, Coastal Carolina was picked to finish first by the league’s coaches. The Chanticleers collected 74 points and four first-place votes in the poll. Liberty was a close second with 71 points and two first-place votes.
Kimes Named Preseason Player of the Year
Chelsy Kimes was selected as the Big South Preseason Player of the Year. Kimes, a senior from Munster, Ind., was named the 2009 Big South Volleyball Championship MVP after guiding Coastal Carolina to its first Big South Championship since 1998. A 2009 All-Big South First Team honoree, she led her squad with 483 kills, averaging 3.72 kills per set. She also topped her squad with 38 aces. She posted 28 double-digit kill matches a season ago, including a string of 17-straight matches with more than 10 kills. Kimes also closed the season out tied for second-place in the League with 17 double-doubles.
Bickford Selected to Preseason All-Big South
Senior Megan Bickford joined teammate Chelsy Kimes on the Preseason All-Big South team. Bickford remains a consistent contributor and ranks fifth in the Big South in career hitting percentage and first in the Coastal Carolina record book. She also ranks fifth all-time in total blocks and fourth in assisted blocks.
The No. 4-seeded Chanticleers were crowned the 2009 Big South Tournament Champions after defeating No. 2 Liberty 3-1 in the Big South Tournament Championship match on Nov. 21, 2009. The last time the Chants won the Big south Tournament was in 1998, where they beat Liberty 3-1 and the last time a No. 4 seed won the tournament was in 1994 when Towson State defeated UNC Greensboro 3-0. Coastal earned the league’s automatic big to the NCAA Tournament and fell to No. 10 Nebraska on Dec. 4, 2009. It was Coastal’s third appearance ever in the event, having gone in 1996 and 1998, and the first under head coach Kristen Bauer.
Coming Up Next
The Chanticleers are back on the road, traveling to Lynchburg, Va. to take on Liberty on Saturday, Oct. 9. The match is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.