Volleyball Hosts Charleston Southern and High Point
The CoastalCarolinaUniversity volleyball team returns home to Kimbel Arena to host Charleston Southern and High Point. The Panthers are one of two teams to defeat the Chants in the league this season along with Liberty. Last week, Coastal Carolina improved to 18-8 overall with a 3-1 victory over Radford Oct. 25. Sophomore Chelsy Kimes recorded her seventh double-double of the year, posting 17 kills and 13 digs. Junior Jill Nyhof and sophomore Megan Bickford each tallied 13 kills against the Highlanders. The Chanticleers were handed their third conference loss Friday, Oct. 24 dropping a 3-0 decision at Liberty where Kimes was held to less than 10 kills for the sixth time this season. Kimes remains a healthy threat for the Chanticleers as she continues to lead the attack with 330 kills, averaging 3.71 kills per set. Junior Meagan Tracey’s 576 assists has guided the Chants to 18 wins this season, surpassing last year’s 16 wins.
Match #26 - Tues. Oct. 28,
vs. Charleston Southern Lady Buccaneers
2008 Record: 13-14, 2-8 Big South
Head Coach: Danyel Bellush
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 33-13
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina won 3-1 (Sept. 30, 2008)
Scouting the Lady Bucs:Charleston Southern enters the match losing its past five contests... In the last outing, Charleston Southern fell to Liberty 3-0... Charleston Southern’s last win came Oct. 10 when the Lady Bucs defeated Gardner-Webb 3-2... Sophomore Amanda Hill leads the Big South with 397 kills, averaging 3.89 kills per set... Junior Sam Sasan has 736 assists for the Lady Bucs... Ashley Kadatz is strong on defense collecting 309 digs (3.06 dps)…
Series vs. Charleston Southern: The Chanticleers enter the match having won the past 18 meetings with the Lady Bucs... Charleston Southern’s last win against the Chanticleers came in five sets Oct. 10, 2001...Coastal Carolina picked up a 3-1 victory Sept. 30… This series features the top two hitters in the conference with sophomore Chelsy Kimes and the Lady Bucs’ Amanda Hill taking to the court… The Chanticleers out-hit the Lady Bucs .272 to .078 in the first meeting this season…
Match #27 - Sat. Nov. 1,
at High Point Panthers
2008 Record: 21-4, 9-1 Big South
Head Coach: Chad Esposito
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 17-9
Last Meeting: High Point won 3-0 (Oct. 3, 2008)
Scouting the Panthers:High Point dropped its first conference match in its last outing as UNC Asheville defeated the Panthers 3-2... The Panthers enter the week sharing the top spot in the league with Liberty... Audie Gonzalez’s 262 kills (2.88 kps) leads a steady Panther attack… Kristina Taylor guides the Panthers offense with 880 assists, averaging 10.23 per set... Julie Hershkowitz earned two-straight Big South Libero of the Week selections (Sept. 2 and Sept. 10) and leads the team with 389 digs...Stephanie Wallin (Oct. 7) and Lindsay Raus (Sept. 22) were tabbed as Big South Player of the Week…
Series vs. High Point: In the first meeting this season, the Panthers swept the Chanticleers 3-0 (Oct. 3)… High Point is the only team this season Coastal Carolina has not recorded a service ace against… Sophomore Chelsy Kimes registered 12 kills and senior Brett Starbuck had 16 digs in the last meeting… High Point’s Stephanie Wallin tallied 12 kills against the Chants leading her squad to victory… The Panthers have won the past five meetings with the Chanticleers... Coastal Carolina’s last win over the Panthers came Nov. 4, 2005...
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 six consecutive wins into the match Sept. 27, 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.
Coastal Carolina has recorded 179 service aces to their opponents 119. The Chanticleers are averaging 1.9 aces per set, which ranks eighth in the NCAA. Sophomore Chelsy Kimes has served up a team-leading 48 aces, ranking her eighth in the country, while junior Megan Pollard has earned 32 service aces for the Chants.
Shhhh…. Starbuck is on a Conference Call
Since 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 10 conference matches:
Match (Total)Digs (avg.)Aces (avg.)Assists (avg.)
Non-Conference (15)138 (2.51)11 (0.20)18 (0.35)
Big South (10)186 (5.03)10 (0.27) 14 (0.38)
The Great Wall of Nyhof
In 26 matches, junior Jill Nyhof has totaled 24 solo blocks and 75 block assists. Nyhof leads the Big South in blocks with 99, 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 Kimes
Sophomore Chelsy Kimes has recorded 330 kills, averaging 3.71 and sits in second place in the Big South in kills per set. She has 20 double-digit kill matches, and seven double-doubles.
at Virginia Tech (Aug. 30) – 15 kills,16 digs
vs. Troy (Sept. 13) – 17 kills,13 digs
vs. Wofford (Sept. 20) – 11 kills, 10 digs
vs. Winthrop (Oct. 7) – 15 kills, 11 digs
at Presbyterian (Oct. 17) – 14 kills, 15 digs
at UNC Asheville (Oct. 18) –27 kills, 10 digs
at Radford (Oct. 25) - 17 kills, 13 digs
Bickford Boasting Solid Numbers
Sophomore Megan Bickford has tallied 206 kills on 435 attempts for a .336 hitting percentage and is averaging 2.31 kills per set. Bickford has tallied 20 solo blocks and 53 block assists in 25 matches. She posted a season-high three solo blocks against Virginia Tech (Aug. 30) and Lamar (Sept. 5).
Kimes 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 High
Sophomore 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.
The 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 October
The 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 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 Selection
Junior 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.
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 Honors
Freshman 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 Kimbel
Coastal 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 Road
Coastal 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 Bickford
Sophomore 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 Buckeye
Head 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 Three
The 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 Honors
Sophomore 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 Start
Freshmen 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.