CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolina University's volleyball squad dropped a heartbreaker to High Point University on Saturday afternoon in Kimbel Arena as the Panthers scored a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over the Lady Chanticleers. Coastal claimed the first two games 30-21 and 30-24, but High Point fought for 30-27, 30-28 and 18-16 victories in the final three.
Games one and two came easily for the Lady Chants, who dropped to 8-15 overall and 4-6 in the Big South. Coastal cruised behind the strong hitting of Katie Knutson and Sarah Bennett in the opening pair of game.
With games one and two secured, Coastal prepared to win its fourth consecutive match. High Point had different thoughts as the Panthers used the strong hitting of Kamaraha Ryan and Kimberly Wright to keep a step ahead on the scoreboard.
High Point (5-21, 2-11) ran out to big leads in games three and four and then held on to win before the Lady Chanticleers could even the score. In the fifth and deciding game, the exact opposite happened as Coastal Carolina took a big lead and then had two match-winning serves. Each time High Point fought back and then won the match on a tremendous kill from Ryan.
Knutson led all attackers with 27 kills, while Bennett added 26 to the Lady Chanticleers' lead. Freshman Sarah Bessemer posted 65 assists.
Wright led High Point with 23 kills, but it was Ryan's 21 kills that sealed Coastal's fate. Ryan became the favorite target of setter Jamie Kutz, who posted 43 assists, for timely kills in each of the final two games.
The Lady Chanticleers will travel to Rock Hill, South Carolina, to face Winthrop University in another Big South match on Tuesday, October 30th. Following a three-game road trip, Coastal will return home to Kimbel Arena on November 6 to face Big South opponent Charleston Southern at 7:00 p.m.