Volleyball Wins Fourth in a Row with Straight-Set Victory over UNC Wilmington
WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Coastal Carolina University volleyball team improved to 21-8 on the season as it defeated UNC Wilmington 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 26-24) Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Hanover Hall. Sophomore Chelsy Kimes (Munster, Ind./Munster) was the only player in the match to hit double-digit kills with 10 on the night. The Seahawks struggled on offense, but Megan Nash had a team-high six kills for UNCW.
Coastal Carolina (21-8, 9-3 BSC) went ahead 9-6 in the first set, before rallying the next four points to take a 13-6 advantage, forcing UNCW (6-19, 0-10 CAA) into a timeout. UNCW’s Kelly Clear slipped through the Coastal Carolina block to pull within five points at 15-10. The Chanticleers claimed the next eight points, taking a 23-10 lead. The Seahawks tried to get back into the frame using a six point rally, but the Chants came out of the set with a 25-16 victory.
It was much of the same in the second frame as the Chanticleers raced out to a 13-4 lead. Junior Jill Nyhof (Alpharetta, Ga./Northview) would earn two points for the Chanticleers knocking down two unassisted kills to put the Chants up 17-6. Another four-point rally enabled Coastal Carolina to pull away 23-10. The Chants used their depth as each player saw court time en route to a 25-12 win and a two set lead heading into the break.
With score tied 2-2 in the third frame, UNCW grabbed the lead off of a service error by the Chanticleers. The Seahawks put together the next 10 of 13 points to take an 11-6 advantage. Coastal Carolina Head Coach Kristen Bauer held off calling a timeout as the Chanticleers worked through their mistakes on the court and erased the five point lead to tie the score at 13-13. Junior Meagan Tracey (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon) denied the Seahawks a point with a solo block to give the Chants a 15-14 advantage. The two squads continued to trade points resulting in nine more ties with the last one coming at 24-24. A ball handling error by UNCW gave Coastal Carolina the 25-24 edge. Tracey used her signature deceptive attack, surprising the Seahawk defense and placing the ball into the open court to seal a 26-24 win for the sweep.
Coastal Carolina hit .176, but it was enough to down the Seahawks who managed 22 kills off a -.010 hitting percentage. The Chanticleers had 14 kills in the first set and 14 in the final set and recorded 37 kills in the match. Senior Brett Starbuck (Glen Allen, Va./J.R. Tucker) saved the Chants on defense with seven digs in the third frame to stave off the Seahawks attack.
With the win tonight, the Chants finish non-conference play with a 13-5 record. Coastal Carolina will continue its three-match road swing Friday, Nov. 7 when it travels to Boiling Springs, N.C., for a match against Gardner-Webb. First serve is set for 7 p.m.