Oct. 26, 2009
Bump, Set, Spike-Coastal
The Coastal Carolina volleyball team (14-10 overall, 7-3 Big South) enters this week going 2-1 last week, defeating South Carolina State 3-0 and High Point 3-0, but falling to Liberty 3-0. Coastal Carolina is 5-1 in conference play at home, defeating Radford, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, UNC Asheville and High Point. Before the loss to Liberty, the Chanticleers were on a five-match win streak, the longest win streak of the season. Chelsy Kimes remains a lethal threat for the Chants averaging 3.64 kills per set. Freshman Sierra Livesay has tallied 223 kills, while senior Meagan Tracey has collected 486 assists.
This Week’s Matches:
- Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Charleston Southern, 6 p.m. (Live Stats and Live Video)
- Saturday, Oct. 31 at Radford, 2 p.m. (Live Stats and Live Video)
Charleston Southern Buccaneers
2009 Record: 11-14
2009 Conference Record: 2-8
Head Coach: Danyel Bellush
Series Record: Coastal leads 33-13
Last Meeting: Coastal won 3-1 on Oct. 13, 2009
Notes: Was picked to finish seventh in conference play this season… Currently ranked eighth… Amanda Hill was named Big South Player of the Week on Sept. 21… Cori Holeman is ranked second in the Big South in blocks, averaging 1.11 per set behind Jill Nyhof… The Bulldogs are ranked second in the Big South in blocks, averaging 2.39 per set… Most recent match up was against Presbyterian which they lost 3-0 on Oct. 24 after the Buccaneers hit .052 as a team… The Bucs have yet to earn a win on the road in conference play this season, but will end the season with five of six Big South matches at home.
2009 Record: 11-16
2009 Conference Record: 1-10
Head Coach: Marci Jenkins
Series Record: Coastal leads 22-15
Last Meeting: Coastal won 3-1 on Oct. 2, 2009
Notes: Was picked to finish eighth in conference play this season… Currently ranked ninth in the conference… Desiree Aramburu was named Big South Freshman Player of the Week on Sept. 8… Aramburu is ranked third in the Big South in services aces, averaging 0.35 per set… Katelyn Meeks ranks ninth in the Big South in digs, averaging 3.49 digs per set... In the first meeting between the two teams on Oct. 2, Megan McWhorter tallied 16 kills and Emily Hayes registered 11 kills while Aramburu and Kiley Kent posted two service aces.
Liberty Plays Spoiler...Twice
In both meetings with Liberty this season, the Chanticleers have entered with a winning streak that has been halted by the Lady Flames. The Chants carried three consecutive wins into the match Sept. 26, but Liberty erased it with a 3-1 win. In the second meeting, Coastal Carolina had five wins under its belt, but a tight Liberty defense blanked the Chants 3-0. The Chants have not beaten the Lady Flames since Nov. 14, 2006, where they won 3-1 in the Big South semi-final match.
Bickford and Livesay Earn Big South Weekly Honors
Junior Megan Bickford earned Big South Player of the Week by putting down 39 kills, averaging 2.79 kills per set, 15 blocks and 18 digs to lead the Chanticleers to a 3-0 record last week, including handing UNC Asheville its first conference loss of the season. The honor marks her first Big South Player of the Week this season.
Sierra Livesay earned Big South Freshman of the Week after posting 43 kills, a .317 hitting percentage, 36 digs and four blocks in the Chanticleers’ wins over Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville. The honor marks her second Big South Freshman of the Week honor this season.
The Chanticleers are 2-1 in five-set matches this season. After winning the first two sets against UNC Greensboro (Sept. 4), the Spartans produced a comeback sending the match to a deciding set. UNC Greensboro prevailed defeating Coastal 15-11 in the final frame. Coastal Carolina outlasted Gardner-Webb on Oct. 16, after winning the first two sets sending the match to a fifth set where the Chants won 15-13. The Chants rallied to a 3-2 victory over UNC Asheville on Oct. 17, handing the Bulldogs their first conference loss of the season.
Welcome Back to the 50+ Assist Club
Senior Meagan Tracey recorded her first 50-plus assist match of the season against Presbyterian on Oct. 10. Since the Presbyterian match, she has tallied three more 50-plus assist matches this season against Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville. Last season, Tracey registered three 50-plus assist matches and in her career has posted 24 50-plus assist matches.
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 warm-ups and pink socks for the match in conjunction with a silent auction and giveaways.
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
In 24 matches, senior Jill Nyhof has totaled 37 solo blocks and 80 block assists. Nyhof leads the Big South in blocks with 117, averaging 1.39 blocks per set this season. She posted a career-high 13 blocks against Dayton at the Mortar Board Premier on Aug. 28. This season, she has been ranked as high as second in the NCAA in blocks per set.
Bickford Boasting Solid Numbers
Junior Megan Bickford has tallied 196 kills on 440 attempts for a .314 hitting percentage and is averaging 2.23 kills per set. Bickford has registered 15 solo blocks and 52 block assists in the Chanticleers’ 24 matches. She posted a season-high 15 kills against UNC Asheville (Oct. 17) and a season-high three service aces against Western Carolina (Sept. 19).
Kills the Thrill for Kimes
Junior Chelsy Kimes has recorded 320 kills, averaging 3.64 per set. She has 20 double-digit kill matches, including 12 double-digit kill performances in a row and 11 double-doubles. The Chants are 9-3 when Kimes has a double-double.
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
at Presbyterian (Oct. 10) - 20 kills, 11 digs
vs. Gardner-Webb (Oct. 16) - 23 kills, 14 digs
vs. UNC Asheville (Oct. 17) - 15 kills, 19 digs
at South Carolina State (Oct. 20) - 12 kills, 14 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: Megan Bickford, .314 (5th)
Kills: Chelsy Kimes, 3.64 per set (3rd)
Assists: Kelsie Mauck, 6.92 per set (9th)
Blocks: Jill Nyhof, 1.39 per set (1st)
Digs: Megan Pollard, 3.71 per set (4th)
Service Aces: NR
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, .366 (3rd)
Kills: Chelsy Kimes, 3.97 per set (1st)
Assists: Meagan Tracey, 11.12 per set (2nd)
Blocks: Jill Nyhof, 1.11 per set (1st)
Digs: Megan Pollard, 3.85 per set (5th)
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 170-90 in home matches, having gone 10-2 last season at Kimbel Arena. In the 2009 season, the Chants are currently 8-2 at home.
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.
Mauck Doubles Up
Sophomore Kelsie Mauck netted her second assist-dig double-double against Wake Forest on Saturday, Sept. 12. Mauck totaled 36 assists and had a career-high 17 digs in the match. On Aug. 29, she recorded her first assist-dig double-double with 34 assists and 10 digs.
Ace, Ace, Ace
Junior Megan Bickford has pulled out her aces so far this season, leading the Chants with 28. In 2008, Bickford finished fourth on the team with service aces, which she has already surpassed only four weeks into the 2009 season.
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.
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.
When In October
Under head coach Kristen Bauer, Coastal Carolina is 58-43 in the month of October. In the last season, the Chants have only lost two matches in October to Liberty and High Point and are currently 7-2 in October in the 2009 season.
Coming Up Next
The Chanticleers return home for their final two home matches of the season as they take on Winthrop Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. and Presbyterian Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. The Chants will celebrate their Senior Night on Friday at the Presbyterian match.