Volleyball Puts Winning Streak on the Line in Virginia
The Coastal Carolina University volleyball team (17-7, 6-2 Big South) enters this weekend on a five match winning streak after defeating South Carolina State, Presbyterian and UNC Asheville last weekend. The Chanticleers were pushed to their third five-set match at Asheville, but survived a late comeback by the Bulldogs to win. Coastal Carolina will face Liberty, one of two teams that beat the Chants in the first half of conference play. Coastal Carolina will then meet Radford in its final contest of the four-match road swing. The Chanticleers are third in league standings behind High Point and Liberty. Sophomore Chelsy Kimes was named Big South Player of the week Oct. 20, after posting a career-high 27 kills against Asheville. Junior Meagan Tracey has collected 507 assists, while senior Brett Starbuck has tallied 290 digs for the Chanticleers.
Match #25 - Fri. Oct. 24,
vs. Liberty Lady Flames
2008 Record: 17-6, 8-1 Big South
Head Coach: Shane Pinder
Series Record: Liberty leads 28-9
Last Meeting: Liberty won 3-1 (Sept. 27, 2008)
Scouting the Lady Flames: The Lady Flames defeated Radford 3-0 Tuesday, Oct. 21... High Point handed Liberty its only conference loss Oct. 14, where the teams pushed each other to five sets… The loss snapped Liberty’s 17-match Big South winning streak… Liberty’s offense is guided by 2007 Freshman of the year Nicky Scripko, who has tallied 137 kills… Carol Bacon is running the defense for the Lady Flames posting 262 digs this year… Kallie Corbin has a team-leading 813 assists, earning 9.91 per set...
Series vs. Liberty: Liberty leads the all-time series 28-9, which includes a 3-1 over the Chanticleers this season… Coastal Carolina’s last victory over Liberty was Nov. 14, 2006 at the Big South Conference Tournament… The two squads sit behind conference leader High Point in the standings with Liberty holding the slight edge over Coastal Carolina…
Match #26 - Fri. Sept. 26,
vs. Radford Highlanders
2008 Record: 7-12, 2-7 Big South
Head Coach: Marci Jenkins
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 20-15
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina won 3-0 (Sept. 26, 2008)
Scouting the Highlanders:Radford dropped its last match to Liberty 3-0… The Highlanders have played to a 2-7 Big South record, earning their two wins against Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville… Laura Waddell’s 181 kills leads the Highlanders’ offense alongside Megan McWhorter, who has 118 kills… Kiley Kent guides Radford’s attack, recording 445 assists, averaging 7.06 per set… Lauren Clary has tallied 217 digs for the Highlanders.
Series vs. Radford: Coastal Carolina swept Radford 3-0 in the first of two meetings with the Highlanders this year... Sophomore Chelsy Kimes knocked down 15 kills and hit .478, while sophomore Amanda Russell had six kills in the win… Junior Meagan Tracey had a match-high 16 assists and senior Kristin Wolf and junior Jill Nyhof picked up three blocks each.
Chanticleer NotesKimes Earns Big South Player of the Week Sophomore Chelsy Kimes put down 51 kills and averaged 4.25 kills per set to lead her Chanticleers to a 3-0 record on the week, including two Big South wins.She notched two double-doubles and highlighted her week with a career-high 27 kills in Coastal Carolina’s 3-2 win over UNC Asheville on Oct. 18.She also added to the Chanticleer offense from the service line as she served up seven aces in the three-match span.Defensively, Kimes came up with 38 digs and three blocks on the week for Coastal Carolina.The honor marks her first Big South Player of the Week nod this season as the outside hitter currently ranks 11th in the country with 0.56 aces per set.
Welcome Back to the 30 Dig Club! Senior Brett Starbuck recorded 32 digs as Coastal Carolina defeated UNC Asheville in five sets Oct. 17.It was Starbuck’s first 30+ dig match of the season and the fifth of her career.
Russell Posts Career HighSophomore Amanda Russell registered 17 kills to lead Coastal Carolina past Presbyterian Oct. 17. Russell’s previous career high also came against Presbyterian (Oct. 26, 2007), where she collected 12 kills.
Shhhh…. Starbuck is on a Conference CallSince beginning Big South play, senior Brett Starbuck has switched gears and is registering impressive numbers at the libero position. Take a look at what Starbuck has done through six conference matches:
Match (Total)Digs (avg.)Aces (avg.)Assists (avg.)Non-Conference (15)138 (2.51)11 (0.20)18 (0.35)Big South (8)152 (5.07)9 (0.30) 11 (0.37)
The Great Wall of NyhofIn 24 matches, junior Jill Nyhof has totaled 23 solo blocks and 70 block assists. Nyhof leads the Big South in blocks with 93, averaging 1.12 blocks per set this season. She posted career-high’s of five solo blocks and nine total blocks Sept. 5 vs. Lamar.
Kills the Thrill for KimesSophomore Chelsy Kimes has recorded 304 kills, averaging 3.71 and sits in second place in the Big South in kills per set. She has 18 double-digit kill matches, and six double-doubles.
Sophomore Megan Bickford has tallied 186 kills on 395 attempts for a .332 hitting percentage and is averaging 2.27 kills per set. Bickford has tallied 17 solo blocks and 46 block assists in 23 matches. She posted a season-high three solo blocks against Virginia Tech (Aug. 30) and Lamar (Sept. 5).
ACE!Coastal Carolina has recorded 172 service aces to their opponents 109. The Chanticleers are averaging 2.0 aces per set, which ranks eighth in the NCAA. Sophomore Chelsy Kimes has served up a team-leading 46 aces, while junior Megan Pollard has earned 31 service aces.
Five SetsThe Chanticleers are 3-0 in five set matches this season. After winning the first two sets against UNC Asheville (Oct. 17), the Bulldogs produced a comeback sending the match to a deciding set. The Chanticleers prevailed defeating Asheville 15-10 in the final frame. 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.
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 Chanticleers mission is to increase awareness of breast cancer throughout the community and raise funds to help eradicate breast cancer. The Chants hosted their DIG PINK match Tuesday, Oct. 7, against the Winthrop Eagles where they wore pink warm-ups and pink socks for the match in conjunction with plenty of giveaways for the home crowd.
This special DIG PINK event recognized 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. For more information, visit www.GoCCUsports.com.
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 SpikefestThe 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.
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 174-98 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.
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 Winston Salem State. Lightsey registered two kills and Mauck tallied nine assists in the debut. Freshman Simone Autry entered her first match as a Chanticleer against South Carolina State Sept. 19.