Volleyball Closes Out 2008 Regular Season and Hosts Senior Night
The CoastalCarolinaUniversity volleyball team begins its last week of regular season play with a 22-8 overall record. With a 10-3 mark in the Big South, the Chanticleers rank third in the league. The Chanticleers head on the road for the last time Tuesday, Nov. 11, when they travel to Winthrop. The Chants then return home for the final two matches of the season, hosting UNC Asheville (Nov. 14) and Presbyterian (Nov. 15). Coastal Carolina will recognize seniors Brett Starbuck and Kristin Wolf after the match against Asheville. Last week, the Chanticleers ended non-conference play with a 3-1 win over UNC Wilmington. The Chants also traveled to Gardner-Webb, where they posted their 22nd victory of the season, powering past the Bulldogs 3-1. Sophomore Chelsy Kimes led the way for the Chants, with 34 kills in two matches, including a 24-kill performance at Gardner-Webb.
Match #31 - Tues. Nov. 11,
at Winthrop Eagles
2008 Record: 10-16, 6-7 Big South
Head Coach: Sally Polhamus
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 22-19
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina won 3-1 (Oct. 7, 2008)
Scouting the Eagles: Winthrop is having an up and down season, hovering just around the .500 mark in the Big South... The Eagles are 6-2 at home, but 1-5 on the road in league play... Winthrop dropped its last match 3-1 to High Point... Against the Panthers, Shannon Sitzmann recorded 22 kills while Kelley Taylor had 11... Sitzmann has been solid for the Eagles this season, tallying 324 kills, averaging 3.24 per set... Kelsey Hall has 627 assists for Winthrop...
Series vs. Winthrop: In their last meeting, Coastal Carolina had three players post double-digit kills, with Kimes’ 15, Bickford’s 12 and Amanda Russell’s 10... Winthrop’s Kaley Viola had a match-high 17 kills, while teammate Shannon Sitzmann registered 12 kills... The last time the Chanticleers won at Winthrop was in 2003 (Nov. 14), where Coastal Carolina claimed a 3-2 victory.
Match #32 - Friday, Nov. 14, **SENIOR NIGHT**
vs. UNC Asheville Bulldogs
2008 Record: 15-11, 7-6 Big South
Head Coach: Julie Torbett
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 19-17
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina won 3-2 (Oct. 18, 2008)
Scouting the Bulldogs: UNC Asheville earned head coach Julie Torbett her 100th career victory with a 3-0 win over Radford (Nov. 7)... The Bulldogs are on a five-match win streak, after posting a 3-2 win over Liberty, who led the conference at the time... It was the second time Asheville knocked off a conference leader, having recorded a 3-2 victory over High Point (Oct. 25)... Kelsie Benorden leads the charge for the Bulldogs with 374 kills (3.46 kps)... Raquel Miotto has garnered four Libero of the Week honors and has kept the Bulldogs in every match this season with 548 digs...
Series vs. Asheville: In the previous meeting, Coastal Carolina squeezed out a 3-2 victory, escaping a late Bulldog comeback after winning the first two sets... The third set was the longest frame the Chanticleers have played this season with a 34-32 decision... Chelsy Kimes registered a career-high 27 kills in the match, while Amanda Russell knocked down 16 of her own...
Match #33 - Saturday, Nov. 15,
vs. Presbyterian Blue Hose
2008 Record: 10-17, 6-7 Big South
Head Coach: Chris Belshe
Series Record: Coastal Carolina leads 3-2
Last Meeting: Coastal Carolina won 3-0 (Oct. 11, 2008)
Scouting the Blue Hose: Presbyterian is coming off its biggest victory of the season, defeating Liberty, who has shared the top two spots in the standings all season with High Point... PC had three players with double-digit kills, including Lisa Shelley, Amanda Kettles and Kelsey McKee... It was Prebyterian’s third-straight victory... PC will play Asheville and Charleston Southern before it makes its way to Coastal Carolina... The Blue Hose are led by Shelley, who has 270 kills... Rachel Lewis keeps the Blue Hose attack consistent with 890 assists...
Series vs. Presbyterian: Coastal Carolina won the first meeting of the season 3-1...The match was tied 1-1, before Coastal Carolina won the next two sets and the match behind 17 kills from Amanda Russell... The Chanticleers out-hit PC .246 to 0.58 in the match...
22 Wins is Season High for Bauer
With the win against Gardner-Webb (Nov. 7), Coastal Carolina records its first 21+ win season under Head Coach Kristen Bauer. Under the guidance of Bauer, the Chants have had three 21-win seasons (2002-2004). The 2008 squad have some big shoes to fill. The Chanticleers have past the 21-win mark two times, in 1996 and 1998. During both seasons, Coastal Carolina captured the Big South title and made a trip to the NCAA tournament.
Nyhof Named to First Team Academic All-District
Junior Jill Nyhof was named to the 2008 ESPN The MagazineAcademicAll-DistrictIIIUniversity First Team Thursday, Nov. 8, as announced by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). With this honor, Nyhof is now eligible for the national ballot for Academic All-America honors. Last year, Nyhof was selected to the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District III University Second Team. Nyhof joins former Chanticleer Jeanne Lambert as the only two players in Coastal Carolina volleyball history to be named to the First Team. After Lambert’s nomination in 2000, she went on to earn a spot on the Academic All-America First Team. As a political science major, Nyhof carries a 4.00 grade-point average and has played in every contest for the Chanticleers this season.
Chants Leaders in the Big South
Sophomore Chelsy Kimes leads the Big South in kills and service aces. With 198 kills in league play, Kimes is averaging 4.50 kills per set. She also has 27 aces, averaging 0.61 service aces per set. Junior Jill Nyhof is driving the league in blocks, with 122 on the season, averaging 1.15 per set.
Kimes and Starbuck Pick Up Big South Weekly Awards
Sophomore Chelsy Kimes was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Player of the Week for the second time this season, while senior Brett Starbuck picked up Libero of the Week honors Monday, Nov. 3. The two led the Chanticleers to a 2-0 week, sweeping past Charleston Southern (Oct. 28) 3-0 and defeating High Point (Nov. 1) 3-1. Kimes put away 36 kills, averaged 5.14 kills per set and hit .439, while Starbuck came up with 38 digs and averaged 5.43 digs per set in two matches.
Coastal Carolina has recorded 202 service aces to their opponents 135. The Chanticleers are averaging 1.9 aces per set, which ranks ninth in the NCAA. Sophomore Chelsy Kimes has served up a team-leading 52 aces, ranking her 10th in the country, while junior Megan Pollard has earned 33 service aces for the Chants.
The Great Wall of Nyhof
In 30 matches, junior Jill Nyhof has totaled 31 solo blocks and 91 block assists. Nyhof leads the Big South in blocks with 122, averaging 1.15 blocks per set this season. Nyhof currently leads the Big South in blocks this season. She posted career-high’s of five solo blocks and nine total blocks Sept. 5 vs. Lamar.
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 (17)154 (2.66)12 (0.21)19 (0.33)
Big South (13)254 (5.29)15 (0.31) 20 (0.42)
Kills the Thrill for Kimes
Sophomore Chelsy Kimes has recorded 400 kills, averaging 3.88 and sits in second place in the Big South in kills per set. She has 23 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 236 kills (2.29 kps) on 510 attempts for a .312 hitting percentage, earning her a second place spot in Big South Standings. Bickford has tallied 20 solo blocks and 63 block assists in 29 matches. She posted a season-high three solo blocks against Virginia Tech (Aug. 30) and Lamar (Sept. 5).
The Chanticleers traveled to UNC Wilmington for their final non-conference match of the season and met up with a familiar face. Seahawk assistant coach Jeanne Lambert played at Coastal Carolina (1998-2002) under Head Coach Kristen Bauer. Lambert finished her career as the Chanticleers’ all-time leader in games played (464), digs (1,916) and total attacks (4,855). She was the Big South Conference Volleyball Student Athlete-of-the-Year, earned All-Conference honors twice (2000 and 2002) and was named Big South Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year in 2000.
Tracey Seeing Double
Junior Meagan Tracey played on both sides of the court against Charleston Southern (Oct. 28) and High Point (Nov. 1), collecting her first double-doubles of the season. Against CSU, Tracey tallied 31 assists and 15 digs in the 3-0 sweep of the Lady Bucs. During the 3-1 victory over the Panthers, Tracey recorded 52 assists and 10 digs for the Chants.
Tracey for 50!
Junior Meagan Tracey registered 52 assists to help the Chanticleers upset High Point 3-1, knocking the Panthers out of first place. Tracey reached 50+ assists eleven times last season, including two matches where she had over 60 assists.
Kimes Matches Career High
Sophomore Chelsy Kimes posted a career-high 27 kills for the second time in five matches. Kimes first set a career high against UNC Asheville leading the Chants to a 3-2 victory. Saturday, Nov. 1, Kimes knocked down another 27 kills, using only four sets to defeat then league leader, High Point, 3-1.
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 were 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 176-98 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.