Volleyball Begins DIG PINK Month Hosting Winthrop and Gardner-Webb
The CoastalCarolinaUniversity volleyball team (12-7, 2-2 Big South) will host its DIG PINK match Tuesday, Oct. 7 at , when Winthrop comes to town. DIG PINK is a National Breast Cancer Awareness Rally during the month of October with the mission to increase the awareness of breast cancer throughout the community and raise funds to help eradicate the disease. The Chants split their last two matches on the road, defeating Charleston Southern (3-0), before falling to High Point (0-3). Chelsy Kimes has been a consistent threat for the Chanticleers, posting 225 kills and averaging 3.57 per match. Meagan Tracey and Kelsie Mauck have shared time at setter registering 353 and 260 assists, respectively. Brett Starbuck had an outstanding performance against Charleston Southern, tallying 20 digs to record her fourth consecutive double-digit dig match.
Match #20 - Tues. Oct. 7, vs. Winthrop Eagles 2008 Record: 10-7, 2-1 Big SouthHead Coach: Sally PolhamusSeries Record: Coastal Carolina leads 21-19Last Meeting:Winthrop won 3-0 (Nov. 2, 2007)Scouting the Eagles:Winthrop escaped an eight-match losing streak last week and enters the match having won its past two outings, defeating Presbyterian and edging out UNC Asheville in five-sets… The Eagles are led by Shannon Sitzmann who has posted a team-leading 195 kills averaging 3.61 kills per match… Kelley Taylor and Kaley Viola combined for 47 kills against UNC Asheville… Kelsey Hall commands the offense with 496 assists, tallying 9.73 per match… Janice Rivera leads the team in digs with 230.Series vs. Winthrop: The Eagles have a slight edge as they enter the match winning the past eight meetings, with the Chants last posting a victory over the Eagles in 2003… Winthrop out-hit Coastal Carolina .276 to .117 last season in two matches… Chelsy Kimes tallied 26 kills while Brett Starbuck averaged 5.43 digs per set in two meetings.
Match #21 - Sat. Oct. 11, vs. Gardner-Webb Bulldogs2008 Record: 4-13, 2-2 Big South
Head Coach: Chris Phillips
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina won 3-1 (Sept. 14, 2007)
Scouting the Bulldogs: Gardner-Webb will play a non-conference match against Davidson Tuesday, Oct. 6 before traveling to Conway, S.C…. The Bulldogs will enter the match 2-2 in conference play after playing a tough non-conference schedule where they went 2-11… Gardner-Webb was out-hit .324 to .114 by Radford in a 3-0 loss to the Highlanders… Heidi Steinebrunner has 132 kills alongside freshman Laura Wilcox who has recorded 126 kills to begin an impressive rookie campaign… Regina Feagan has tallied 413 assists.
Series vs. Gardner-Webb: New to Big South Conference volleyball, the two squads had their first and only meeting in program history last year which Coastal Carolina won 3-1 (Sept. 14, 2007)… This meeting will be the first-ever Big South Conference match between the two teams.
Chanticleers DIG PINK in OctoberThe 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.
No Ace?For the first time this season, the CoastalCarolinaUniversity women’s volleyball team did not record a service ace in a match and fell 3-0 (15-25, 24-26, 11-25) to High Point at the MillisAthleticCenter Friday, Oct. 3. The Chanticleers are ranked sixth in the NCAA, averaging 2.1 service aces per set.
The Great Wall of NyhofIn 19 matches, junior Jill Nyhof has totaled 18 solo blocks and 58 block assists, leading the team with 76 blocks. Nyhof had a career-high five solos and nine total blocks Sept. 5 vs. Lamar.
Kills the Thrill for KimesChelsy Kimes has recorded 225 kills, averaging 3.57 per set. She has 13 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 NumbersSophomore Megan Bickford has tallied 141 kills on 300 attempts for a .327 hitting percentage and is averaging 2.24 kills per set. Bickford has tallied 16 solo blocks and 34 block assists in the Chanticleers’ 19 matches. She posted a season-high three solo blocks against Virginia Tech (Aug. 30) and Lamar (Sept. 5).
ChanticleersPeak During StreakCoastal 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 went on a six-match win streak, its longest stretch this season.
Nyhof Earns South CarolinaState All-Tournament SelectionJunior Jill Nyhof was named to the South Carolina State Spikefest All-Tournament Team after leading the Chanticleers to four wins at the tournament. Nyhof had eight kills on a .700 hitting percentage against N.C. Central.
ACE!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.
Wolf Attack! 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.
Mauck Racks up HonorsFreshman 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 KimbelCoastal 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 RoadCoastal 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 BickfordSophomore 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.
Five SetsThe 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 BuckeyeHead 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 ThreeThe 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 HonorsSophomore 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 StartFreshmen 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.