Oct. 5, 2009
Bump, Set, Spike-Coastal
The Coastal Carolina volleyball team (8-8 overall, 2-1 Big South) enters this week on a two game win streak after defeating South Carolina State and Radford last week. The Chanticleers return to the road to face Winthrop on Tuesday and Presbyterian on Saturday. Coastal Carolina is 1-1 in conference play on the road, defeating High Point on Sept. 25 and falling to Liberty on Sept. 26. Senior Jill Nyhof remains third in the NCAA this week, averaging 1.52 blocks per set.
This Week’s Matches:
- Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Winthrop, 6 p.m. (Live Stats and Live Video)
- Saturday, Oct. 10 at Presbyterian, 2 p.m. (Live Stats and Live Video)
2009 Record: 11-6
2009 Conference Record: 3-1
Head Coach: Sally Polhamus
Series Record: Coastal leads 23-19
Last Meeting: Coastal won 3-2 on Nov. 11, 2008
Notes: Picked to finish fifth in the Big South Preseason Coaches Poll... Baylee Strachan selected Big South Freshman of the Week on Sept. 14... Currently 8-0 at home on the season with the most recent win at home on Oct. 3 against Radford... Finished fifth in the Big South in the 2008 season... Leading the Big South in kills with Kaley Viola ranked fifth in the conference, averaging 3.35 kills per set... On a 3-game win streak, losing only two sets in the three games... Kelsey Hall ranked second in the Big South and leads the team in assists with 642.
Presbyterian Blue Hose
2009 Record: 7-11
2009 Conference Record: 2-2
Head Coach: Chris Belshe
Series Record: Coastal leads 4-0
Last Meeting: Coastal won 3-2 on Nov. 15, 2008
Notes: Picked to finish sixth in the Big South Preseason Coaches Poll... Currently fifth in the Big South behind the Chanticleers... Beat High Point in five sets on Oct. 3... Scheduled to play UNC Asheville and Winthrop before taking on the Chanticleers this week... Lisa Shelley leads the Blue Hose in kills, averaging 3.28 kills per set... Elizabeth Heineman leads the defense in digs with 235, averaging 3.62 digs per set... The Blue Hose has a 3-0 record in five-set matches this season.
Chanticleers DIG PINK in October
The Coastal Carolina University 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 Liberty Flames Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., where they will be donning pink uniforms for the match in conjunction with plenty of giveaways for the home crowd.
All proceds 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.
The Great Wall of Nyhof
Senior Jill Nyhof ranks third in the NCAA, averaging 1.52 blocks per set. Nyhof trails South Florida’s Alli Arbogast, who averages 1.74 blocks per set and UCLA’s Amanda Gil, who averages 1.55 blocks per set. In 16 matches, Nyhof has totaled 85 total blocks, including 24 solo blocks and had a career high 13 blocks against Dayton at the Mortar Board Premier on Aug. 28.
Bickford Boasting Solid Numbers
Junior Megan Bickford has tallied 105 kills on 261 attempts for a .249 hitting percentage and is averaging 1.84 kills per set. Bickford has registered six solo blocks and 32 block assists in the Chanticleers’ 16 matches. She posted a season-high 10 kills against UNC Wilmington (Sept. 19) and a season-high three service aces against Western Carolina (Sept. 19).
Kills the Thrill for Kimes
Junior Chelsy Kimes has recorded 193 kills, averaging 3.39 per set. She has 12 double-digit kill matches and eight double-doubles.
vs. Ball State (Aug. 29) - 14 kills, 14 digs
vs. UNC Greensboro (Sept. 4) - 14 kills, 10 digs
vs. Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 5) - 10 kills, 10 digs
at Georgia Southern (Sept. 12) - 18 kills, 13 digs
vs. Wake Forest (Sept. 12) - 12 kills, 14 digs
vs. UNC Wilmington (Sept. 19) - 14 kills, 13 digs
at Liberty (Sept. 26) - 12 kills, 10 digs
vs. Radford (Oct. 2) - 13 kills, 12 digs
Myrtle Beach Comfort Suites Invitational Honors
Senior Megan Pollard and freshman Sierra Livesay earned All-Tournament honor after helping lead the Chants to two victories. Pollard finished the weekend with 36 digs, 10 assists and four service aces. Livesay earned All-Tournament honors with 33 kills, 18 digs, six service aces and six blocks.
Coastal’s Overall Leaders
Listed below is where the Chanticleers ranked among the Big South’s overall leaders at the end of 2008.
Hitting Percentage: Jill Nyhof, .291 (6th)
Kills: Chelsy Kimes, 3.39 per set (4th)
Assists: Kelsie Mauck, 8.06 per set (9th)
Blocks: Jill Nyhof, 1.52 per set (1st)
Digs: Megan Pollard, 3.88 per set (4th)
Service Aces: Megan Bickford, 0.39 per set (8th)
All In the Conference
Listed below is how the Chants ranked in the Big South in conference-only matches so far this season:
Hitting Percentage: Megan Bickford, .309 (8th)
Kills Chelsy Kimes, 3.64 per set (5th)
Blocks: Jill Nyhof, 1.10 per set (6th)
Digs: Megan Pollard, 5.27 per set (3rd)
Service Aces: NR
Bash in the ‘Boro Tournament Honors
Junior Chelsy Kimes was selected to the All-Tournament Team at the Bash in the ‘Boro Tournament with 38 kills, 33 digs, 25 assists and six blocks on the weekend. Kimes aveaged 3.34 kills per set and finished the tournament with a .255 attack percentage. In the win over Wake Forest, Kimes tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 14 digs.
There’s No Place Like Home
Coastal Carolina knows how to defend its home court. Since 1987, the Chanticleers are 172-96 in home matches, having gone 10-2 last season at Kimbel Arena.
Sweeping Out the House
In its last 14 home openers, Coastal Carolina is 7-7. Out of those 14, nine matches had scores of 3-0, including five Coastal Carolina wins.
Kimes Doubles Up...
At the Gamecock Invitational and the Bash in the ‘Boro tournament, junior Chelsy Kimes has had a pair of double-doubles in each tournament. She opened the Gamecock Invitational with 14 kills and 10 digs against UNC Greensboro on Fri., Sept. 4. She ended the tournament with 10 kills and 10 digs against Eastern Kentucky on Sat., Sept. 5. At the Bash in the ‘Boro tournament, Kimes finished with a season-high 18 kills and 13 digs against Georgia Southern and in the win over Wake Forest, she had 12 kills and 14 digs for her fifth double-double of the season.
...And So Does Mauck
Sophomore Kelsie Mauck netted an assist-dig double-double against Wake Forest on Saturday, Sept. 12 for her first double-double of the season. Mauck totaled 36 assists and had a career-high 17 digs in the match.
Ace, Ace, Ace
Junior Megan Bickford has pulled out her aces so far this season, leading the Chants with 22. In 2008, Bickford finished fourth on the team with 12 service aces, which she has already surpassed only four weeks into the 2009 season.
It’s A Long Road...
Coastal Carolina will start off the 2009 season playing its first nine matches on the road. The Chants will travel just over 2,400 miles round-trip on the road in its first three weekends. They start at the Mortar Board Premier in West Lafayette, Ind., and then head to Columbia, S.C. for the Gamecock Invitational. The team finishes at the Bash in the ‘Boro tournament in Statesboro, Ga. before returning home on Sept. 18 for the Comfort Suites Invitational.
Gamecock Invitational Honors
Senior Jill Nyhof and junior Megan Bickford were selected to the All-Tournament Team at the Gamecock Invitational hosted by South Carolina. Nyhof finished the tournament with 20 blocks and 14 kills, including an eight-block match in the win against Eastern Kentucky. Bickford finished the weekend with 17 kills, six blocks, and seven service aces. Three of her seven service aces and seven of her 17 kills came in the win over Eastern Kentucky.
Mortar Board Premier Honors
Senior Jill Nyhof was named to the Mortar Board Premier All-Tournament Team. She finished the weekend with 24 kills and 18 blocks, including a career-high 13 blocks in the first match against Dayton. Nyhof paced the Chanticleers with 12 kills off 21 total attacks for a .524 hitting percentage to lead Coastal Carolina in its first win of the season over Ball State, 3-1.
Familiar Names and Faces
Coastal Carolina returns 11 of 14 players from 2008. The veterans include seniors Meagan Tracey, Megan Pollard, and Jill Nyhof, juniors Megan Bickford, Chelsy Kimes, Amanda Russell, Kristin Cozzens and Becky Stowers and sophomores Erika Lightsey, Kelsie Mauck and Simone Autry.
Two freshmen are on Coastal Carolina’s roster for the 2009 season. New to the team this year are Sierra Livesay and Samantha Palka.
Coastal Carolina Second in Preseason Poll
In the Big South Conference Preseason Poll, Coastal Carolina was picked second by the league’s coaches. The Chanticleers collected 67 points in the poll. Liberty claimed the top spot in the poll with 81 points and nine first-place votes.
Kimes Named to Preseason All-Conference
Junior Chelsy Kimes was one of seven players to be selected to the Preseason All-Big South Conference Team. Kimes, known as one of the Big South’s most lethal attackers, ranked number one in both kills and service aces in the Big South.
Hitting the books has paid off for senior Jill Nyhof. The Alpharetta, Ga. native was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III University Division First Team and named the 2008 Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Nyhof carries a perfect 4.0 grade-point average as a political science major.
On the Attack
Junior Chelsy Kimes hit double-digit kills in 27 matches and notched 12 double-doubles last season. Coastal Carolina went 10-2 in 2008 when Kimes had a double-double. In the 2009 season, she already has five double-doubles and the Chants are 3-2 when Kimes has a double-double.
Chelsy Kimes finished the 2008 season ranked 25th in the NCAA in service aces tallying a career-high 58, which also led the Big South. Kimes currently has six service aces in 2009.
Sweeping a tournament can be a difficult feat, but Coastal Carolina swept the South Carolina State Invitational last season by defeating South Carolina State 3-0, North Carolina Central 3-0, Wofford 3-1 and Hampton 3-0 in Orangeburg, S.C. on Sept. 19-20.
When In September
Under head coach Kristen Bauer, Coastal Carolina is 68-70 in the month of September. In the last two seasons, the Chants have only lost ten matches in September.
Coming Up Next
The Chanticleers go back on the road to take on Winthrop on Tues., Oct. 6 before traveling to Presbyterian on Sat., Oct. 10 to take on the Blue Hose. It will be the first meeting between the teams in the 2009 season.