Volleyball Wins Dramatic Four-Game Match Against Birmingham-Southern
CONWAY, S.C. Coastal Carolinas volleyball team defeated Birmingham-Southern in a dramatic four games Sunday, Oct. 30. Game scores were 30-28, 30-26, 30-25, and 30-28. The Lady Chanticleers are now 15-9 overall and 10-1 in the Big South Conference. The Panthers fell to 11-13 overall and 4-7 in league play.
Game one was kept close between the Lady Chants and the Panthers. A 3-1 lead in favor of Coastal was broken up by the Panthers, who went on a four-point run and led 6-4. The Panthers continued to lead the Lady Chants 10-5 as CCU tried to fight back but struggled. At a 16-10 deficit, a kill from Ashley Scheible (Westerville, Ohio/North) helped the Lady Chants get back into action. After Scheibles kill, CCU went on a four-point streak and brought the difference to a close 16-13 game. Birmingham-Southerns Lillian Henderson tried to keep the Panthers ahead with a kill making the game 17-13, but a kill from Kali Banghart (Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton) showed that the Lady Chants had not given up. Keeping the game close, neither team had another strong lead until BSC led 27-25. Katherine Jensen-Spencer (Vancouver, B.C./Sentinel Secondary (Mississippi)) answered back with a kill assisted by Jennifer Hampton (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro), setting the Lady Chants on a four-point streak and eventually getting the 30-28 win.
CCU had a 5-0 lead in game two until the Panthers Sarah Martin answered with a kill. The Panthers still could not catch up to the Lady Chants until a 12-10 lead by Coastal when Martin had another kill. The game remained a battle back and forth without a strong leader until Coastal took a 19-14 advantage. At a 20-15 lead, CCU continued to dominate and went on a five-point run after an attack error by Martin. At a 29-22 deficit, the Panthers showed no signs of defeat and went on a five-point streak started by Martin. The Lady Chants won the game 30-26 after a kill from Nakia Thompson (Lexington, S.C./Lexington).
The battling between BSC and CCU continued in game three. The Panthers had a 3-1 lead that Coastal tried to respond to, but still the Lady Chants could not catch the Panthers. At a 9-7 score in favor of BSC, a kill by Jana Smelley sent the Panthers off on a five-point run. The Panthers controlled the game after a 15-10 lead and did not let the Lady Chants come more than three points close. BSC won the third game 30-26 after a kill from Smelley assisted by Kelsey King.
Game four was a back and forth contest between the two teams. At a 4-4 tie, the Panthers got four quick points, ending with a kill from Smelley. After two quick points by CCU the Panthers extended their lead to 12-6. CCU fought back but could not catch up until they were down 20-12 when a kill from Alicia Meyers (Temecula, Calif. /Temecula Valley) got the Lady Chants back in action and gave them four quick points. BSC tried to fight back but could not respond to Scheibles kill at a 23-21 game in favor of BSC. Scheibles kill led CCU to a four-point run and the first time they controlled the fourth game. CCU then went on to grab three more quick points at a 27-25 difference in favor of the Lady Chants. An attack error by Smelley gave CCU match point, but the Panthers scored the next three points to cut the lead to one. Coastal called timeout and Obert responded with a kill to win the match.
With her 16th double-double of the season, Jensen-Spencer had 24 kills and 24 digs. She also added two service aces in the victory. Hampton tallied 64 assists and nine digs. Scheible had 14 kills and three blocks for the day. Meyers added seven kills and 18 digs while Krista Kimble (Lake Forest, Calif. /El Toro) contributed 15 kills.
Smelley led the Panthers, recording a double-double with 21 kills and 24 digs. Cassie Reed also added a double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs. Lillian Henderson hit 11 kills in BSCs effort. Kelsey King recorded 18 digs.
The Lady Chants had an overall hitting percentage of .248 while the Panthers hit at .209. CCU also had nine total blocks while BSC had six.
CCU will host UNC Wilmington Monday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. in Kimbel Arena.