Big South: 1-6
Volleyball Returns to Kimbel..
The Coastal Carolina volleyball team looks to snap its Big South losing streak this weekend as it returns home to Kimbel Arena. The Lady Chanticleers will host Liberty Friday at 7 p.m. and Radford Saturday at 2 p.m. Coastal fell to both schools earlier this season, dropping 1-3 to Liberty on Oct. 6 and 0-3 to Radford on Oct. 7.
Friday, Oct. 20 vs. Liberty at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 21 vs. Radford at 2 p.m.
The Lady Flames are currently 6-13 on the season, 4-3 in the Big South. They split this past weekend getting a win against High Point but falling to Winthrop.
In the loss to the Eagles, Liberty was led by Alysson Sanders who had 12 kills and Autum Black who had 7 kills. As a team, the Lady Flames had 33 kills with a .144 hitting percentage.
Liberty rebounded from its Friday evening setback to claim its first road win of the season, sweeping conference rival High Point, 3-0 (30-28, 30-22, 30-20).
The Lady Flames were led by Mary Alice Pike who had 11 kills and 14 digs. Kallie Corbin just missed having a triple double having 35 assists, 16 digs and nine kills. Sanders had another double-digit kill night with 11 and also added eight digs. Two other Lady Flames had double-digit digs, Lara Bartolomeo with 23 and Kendall Nichols with 15. As a team, Liberty hit for .241 on 50 kills with 11 total blocks.
The Highlanders are coming to Kimbel off of three straight losses, falling to James Madison, High Point and Winthrop.
Friday the 13th did turn out to be unlucky for Radford, who lost 3-1 (23-30, 30-22, 30-28, 30-25) to High Point.
A pair of Highlander attackers shared team offensive honors as Lindsey Wheeler and Lindsey Poole each tallied 12 kills on the night. Libero Rachel Newton was the defensive backrow standout digging out 36 balls and Wheeler led the frontline with six blocks. Junior setter Josie Hanners has 43 assists. For the match, High Point out-hit the Highlanders 71-54 in kills but RU won the battle at the net owning an 11-6 advantage in team blocks. HPU finished with 101 digs, marking their third 100+ dig performance this season, to edge the Highlanders (98) in digs.
Radford got double-digit kills from a pair of freshmen, including a double-double from Lauren Clary, but it wasnt enough to overcome Winthrop, who knocked off RU 3-0 (30-18, 30-26, 30-19) in a Big South volleyball match Saturday afternoon at the Winthrop Coliseum.
Clary recorded 10 kills and 11 digs to lead Radford. She also added two assists. Lexi Miller also had 10 kills for Radford. Junior Josie Hanners recorded 34 assists and senior Rachel Newton picked up 12 digs to lead the Radford defense.
South Carolina State...
The Coastal Carolina Volleyball team fell in five games to South Carolina State Tuesday, October 10, 30-22, 28-30, 26-30, 30-28, 14-16.
Freshman Jill Nyhof (Alpharetta, Ga./Northview) led the Lady Chanticleer offense with 17 kills on the night. Senior Laura Obert (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy) also had a big night recording 15 kills. Coastal had two players have double digits in digs, libero Megan Pollard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) who had 21 digs and Nakia Thompson (Lexington, S.C./Lexington) had 11 digs. Thompson also recorded nine kills on the night. Freshman setter Meagan Tracey (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) had another 50+ assist performance, recording 54 assists in the match.
South Carolina State was led by Vicky Jeter who had a double-double in the match, tallying 16 kills and 12 digs. The Bulldogs also had two other players record double-digit kills on the night, Monique Walker who blasted 14 kills and Lilliana Gootinag who put down 11. Laura Waters-Brown scooped up 16 balls for South Carolina State.
As a team, Coastal hit for .071 in the match, hitting in the negatives during game two and three. They recorded eight total blocks. South Carolina State ended the night hitting .060 on 58 kills and recorded 10 total blocks.
The Coastal Carolina volleyball team (5-17, 1-5) fell to UNC Asheville (7-13, 5-1) in four games Oct. 13 in Asheville, N.C. Game scores were 30-17, 29-31, 30-21 and 30-16.
UNC Asheville was led by Unlu who had 23 kills and 12 digs on the night. Unlu moved to fourth on the Lady Bulldog career kill list. Greer and Flicker also had double digits in kills having 14 and 11, respectively. Three Lady Bulldogs had double-digit digs, Brooke Holiday (12), Bridget Holiday (12) and Raquel Miotto (25). The Lady Bulldogs had 61 kills on 23 errors with a .242 hitting percentage. They finished the night with 10 total blocks.
Coastal was led by Kristin Rinne (Fountain Hills, Ariz./Fountain Hills) who had 14 kills and 8 digs in the loss. Jill Nyhof added 10 kills. Meagan Tracey had 41 assists and 14 digs on the night, while Megan Pollard also scooped up 14 balls. As a team, Coastal had 47 kills on 39 errors with a .047 hitting percentage. The Lady Chanticleers finished with six total blocks.
The Coastal Carolina Volleyball team (5-18, 1-6) fell in five games to Birmingham-Southern (7-13, 4-3) Sunday, October 15. The game scores were 43-41, 26-30, 19-30, 31-29 and 10-15.
Both teams set a school and Big South Record in most points scored in a game since the rally scoring was instituted in 2001. The 43-41 game beat the previous record held by Charleston Southern from earlier in the season.
Coastal was led by Jill Nyhof who had a career-best 22 kills with a .255 hitting percentage. Meagan Tracey and Megan Pollard also had a career-high afternoon. Pollard scooped up 36 digs and Tracey had 71 assists in the match. Nakia Thompson had her ninth double-double of the year, having 15 kills and 24 digs. Laura Obert and Ashley Scheible also had strong performances tallying 13 and 11 kills, respectively. Kristin Rinne ended the day with nine kills and 10 digs.
The Lady Panthers were led by Sarah Harris who ended the night with 21 kills and 13 digs. Michelle Maciejewski added 17 kills and 13 digs. Casey Demos also had double digits in kills with 15. Alex Norten and Milica Stojanovic had double-digit digs having 24 and 13 digs, respectively.
Around the Big South...
Coastal as a team ranks fourth in the Big South in blocking with 166 total blocks thus far in the season. The Lady Chants have denied 26 solo and 286 assisted, averaging 1.91 per game.
Laura Obert is fifth in blocking. In her 82 games she has 80 total blocks, 69 assisted and 11 solo. She averages .098 blocks per game.
Meagan Tracey ranks seventh on the assist list. In 63 games she has 594 assists, averaging 9.43 per game.
Tracey also became the second Big South player to have a 70-assist match. She had 71 assists in the match against Birmingham-Southern Oct. 15. Tracey also got her third 50-assist match against South Carolina State Oct. 10 recording 54 assists.
Tracey got her seventh double-double vs. UNC Asheville on Oct. 13 recording 41 assists and 14 digs.
Megan Pollard is seventh on the digs list with 356 digs in 86 games. She averages 4.14 digs per game.
Pollard had her first 30-dig match against Birmingham-Southern Oct. 15 scooping up 36 balls.
Nakia Thompson had her ninth double-double on Oct. 15 against Birmingham-Southern.
Jill Nyhof had her first 20-kill match tallying 22 kills against Birmingham-Southern Oct. 15.
Liberty leads the Coastal series 17-15 after beating the Lady Chanticleers in their first meeting of the season. It was the first time Liberty had defeated Coastal since 2003.
The series between the Highlanders and the Lady Chants is tied at 15 apiece after Radford defeated Coastal on Oct. 7. It was the Highlanders first Big South win since 2003 and the first time Coastal fell to Radford since 2001.
Lady Chanticleers Remaining Schedule...
Coastal has seven remaining Big South match-ups left this season. After hosting Liberty and Radford, the Lady Chants go on their final road trip of the season to take on Winthrop and High Point. They then return to Kimbel to host non-conference College of Charleston, who defeated the 22-2 Winthrop Eagles earlier this season. Coastal will end its season at home hosting UNC Asheville, Birmingham-Southern and Charleston Southern before Big South Conference play starts on November 14.
Next Week for the Lady Chants...
The Lady Chants head to Rock Hill, S.C. on Oct. 27 to face the first place Winthrop Eagles at 7 p.m. They then head over to High Point to take on the Lady Panthers at 2 p.m. on Oct. 28.