Coastal volleyball team will begin the Homecoming Weekend as it welcomes in Radford University on Friday, Nov. 5, for 7 p.m. match at Kimbel Arena. Coastal will have the spotllight game on Saturday evening, November 6, as it has a 7 p.m. match against Liberty University at Kimbel Arena. This past week Coastal had a successful week as it defeated Charleston-Southerrn on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 3-1. From there CCU continued its road trip by sweeping Georgia Southern, 3-0 on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 30, in Atlanta, Ga. The Lady Chanticleers wrapped the trip up by losing to Birmingham-Southern, 3-0 on Sunday, Oct. 31, in Birmingham, Ala.
Radford (3-19, 0-10 Big South) has been having its difficulties lately having lost its last six games and 17 of its last 18 games. It lost over the weekend to High Point and Winthrop. Both games were three game sweeps. The road has not been kind to RU as it is 0-9. Leading the Highlanders this season is junior Divona Cox, who has tallied 177 kills this season, and senior Tiffany Guthrie, who has 167 kills this season. Freshman Josie Hanners is the team-leader with 631 assists.Coastal swept Radford in three games on October 21 but trails the all-time series 14-12.
Liberty (8-17, 5-6 Big South) are a team that is on the rise as it has won six of its last seven games. Liberty will have one more game against Charleston-Southern before coming to Conway, S.C. for a match. It lost to Winthrop, 3-1 on Friday, Oct. 29 over the weekend. The Flames defeated High Point on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 30, 3-1. Leading LU to victory over the weekend was senior Jennifer Belk who had 20 kills and 16 digs. Belk is also the team-leader this season with 381 kills, an average of 4.23 per game, which is third in the conference. Senior Becky Rudnick also has played well with 292 kills, an average of 3.21 per game.There are four other Flames that have tallied triple figure kill totals in its balanced attack. Senior setter Kristin Colson is fourth in the conference at 11.43 assists per game.Coastal defeated Liberty in exciting five game fashion on Oct 2nd but trailes the all-time series 16-12.
Last Weeks Recap
Sophomore Alicia Meyers recorded 22 kills, a .455 hitting percentage and 13 digs and junior outside hitter Katherine Jensen tallied a match-high 26 kills and 18 digs to lead Coastal to a 3-1 (30-19, 28-30, 30-24, 30-23) victory over conference rival Charleston Southern on Tuesday evening, Oct. 26, in Charleston, S.C. Sophomore Ashley Scheible was the third and final Chant in double figures in kills with 11 on her .429 hitting percentage. Besides Jensen and Meyers, two other Chants had double figure dig totals led by sophomore Kristine Rinne who tied for the team lead with 18 digs. Junior setter Jennifer Hampton also had double figures in digs with 13 to go with her match-high 55 assists. CCU outhit the Buccaneers in kills 75-57 and hitting percentage .302-.183.
Junior Katherine Jensen tallied a double-double with a game-high 17 kills and 11 digs as Coastal Carolina (!6-8, 6-4 BSC) volleyball swept Georgia State (30-19, 30-25, 30-18) on Saturday afternoon at the GSU Sports Arena in Atlanta, Ga. It was a historic win for Coastal as it was the 100th career win for Head Coach Kristen Bauer, who is only the second coach in CCU volleyball history to reach the mark. She joins former Chants coach Tammi-McCaudy Lee as the only Coastal volleyball coach to reach 100 career wins at Coastal. Besides Jensens 17 kills, Krista Kimble also reach double figures with 11 kills on a .429 hitting percentage. Laura Obert also played well with eight kills and a .421 hitting percentage. Three Lady Chants reached double figures in kills led by sophomore Kristin Rinne, who had a game-high 14. Setter Jennifer Hampton led both team with 33 assists.The Lady Chanticleers outhit Georgia State 51-27 with a hitting percentage of .270. This was the 10th three-game sweep for Coastal this season and the fifth sweep it registered in its last eight games.
Junior Katherine Jensen tallied a double-double with a game-high 20 kills and 11 digs as Coastal Carolina (16-9, 6-5 Big South Conference) volleyball were swept by Birmingham-Southern (13-10, 7-4 Big South Conference) (33-35, 24-30, 22-30) on Sunday afternoon at the Bill Battle Coliseum in Birmingham, Ala. The first game was the most competitive game of the afternoon with 13 tied games and seven lead changes but Birmingham after a long strong prevailed 35-33. The momentum it gather from the game one win carried over to the next two games as CCU was swept for only third time this season and snappd its three-game winning streak. Jensen was the only Lady Chant to record a double-figure kill total, but five Chants recorded double-figures in digs lead by sophomore Kristin Rinne with 17. Junior Jennifer Hampton recorded a double-double with 15 digs and 38 assists. Junior Kali Banghart and sophomore Alicia Meyers each tallied 12 digs.
Coastal Volleyball Coach Kristen Bauer recorded her 100th career win with the Chanticleers victory on Saturday afternoon over Georgia State. Bauer joins former Chants Coach Tammi McCaudy-Lee as the only Chanticleers volleyball coaches to reach the milestone mark. Bauer has won over twenty games in each of the past two seasons and is closing in on the mark this season, with 16 victories.
Honors A Plenty
Laura Obert and Jennifer Hampton were both named to the Chanticleer Classic All-Tournament Team as they led Coastal to a second place finish. Previously Katherine Jensen and Laura Obert were both named to the All-Big Orange Bash Team as they led Coastal to a second place finish. In the first tournament of the season Katherine Jensen and Jennifer Hampton were both named to the Dayton Invitational All-Tournament team for their outstanding performances as Coastal ended up taking second place there as well.
Player of the Week
Jennifer Hampton was honored as the Big South Player of the Week for the week ending, October 10. Hampton had a great game, setting a career-high and the conference-high for the season with 69 assists. For the week Hampton tallied 113 assists and 28 digs. This is the second time has been awarded by the Big South as Player of the Week. Hampton previously was honored as the Co-Player of the Week in the Big South Conference for Sept. 13-20. Hampton helped Coastal upset NC State with a 61-assist,15-dig effort at the Chanticleer Classic. For the week she tallied 17 kills, 161 assists and 57 digs with a .288 hitting percentage.
Coastal is currently ranked second in the Big South Conference in opponent hitting percentage (.178) and third in kills per game at 15.14. CCU also is third in the conference as it averages better than 15 digs per game (15.14) and more than two blocks a game (2.26). The Chants are third in hitting percentage (.219) and fourth in assists (13.37).
Coastals Laura Obert is among the top three in conference with a hitting-percentage of .299. Jennifer Hampton is tied for third in the conference in assists with 11.44 per match. Coastal boasts the second leading blocker in the conference in, Krista Kimble, who is averaging 1.10 blocks per game. Kimble is one of only five women this year to total nine blocks in a single game (versus North Carolina State). Laura Obert is also among the top five in blocks at .97 blocks per game.
The Kill Shot
CCUs Katherine Jensen is second in the conference in kills and one of only three women averaging better than four kills per game (4.38). Jensen has recorded five matches of 20 or more kills which is tied for second in the conference.
Setter Jennifer Hampton is one of only five woman to record 60 assists in a match, which she has done twice. Hampton is one of only three women this year to record a triple-double (43 assists ,13 digs and 10 kills vs. Dayton, Sept. 3rd)
Jennifer Hampton has now passed Colette Pawlyk to become the All-Time Assist Leader with 3,809 career assists. An impressive total for the junior that has led CCU to a 58-31 record in her three years as the starting setter.
After only a little over a year of playing at Coastal, Katherine Jensen has now passed Sandy Slepski for 8th on Coastals all-time kill list with 869 kills.
Pre-Season Choice for Second
Coastal Carolinas volleyball team received 103 points including two first-place votes, to grab the second spot in the Big South Conferences annual preseason poll on August 18. The Chants are coming off a season where they finished 21-11 overall, including 11-3 in the Big South Conference, and advanced to the Big South Tournament Semi-finals. Coastal is bringing back five starters from last season including the libero.
Coastal will continue its homestand with its last conference game against Charleston Southern, Nov.12 at 7 p.m. in Kimbel Arena. The Big South Quarterfinals will begin the following week with seeding and times to be determined.