Nov. 13, 2009
Bump, Set, Spike-Coastal
The Coastal Carolina volleyball team (16-12 overall, 9-5 Big South) enters this week after going 1-1 last week, defeating Winthrop in a tough five-set match-up, but falling to Presbyterian 3-2. The Chanticleers look to finish out the 2009 regular season this week at UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb.
This Week’s Matches:
- Friday, Nov. 13 vs. UNC Asheville, 7 p.m. (Live Stats, Live Video)
- Saturday, Nov. 14 vs. Gardner-Webb, 2 p.m. (Live Stats)
UNC Asheville Bulldogs
2009 Record: 23-8
2009 Conference Record: 12-2
Head Coach: Julie Torbett
Series Record: Coastal leads 19-17
Last Meeting: Coastal won 3-2 on Oct. 17, 2009
Notes: Currently ranked first in the Big South... Their only conference losses were against Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern... In the last meeting between the Bulldogs and the Chants, Coastal handed the Bulldogs their first conference loss... Sophomore Cindi Miller had 17 kills and junior Kelsey Benorden added 19 kills while senior Raqeul Miotto registered 26 digs in the match-up against the Chants... The team has earned nine Big South weekly honors... Benorden named CVU.com National Player of the Week Nov. 2... Ranked second in the Big South in digs and hitting percentage... Ranked fourth in the Big South in kills.
2009 Record: 11-19
2009 Conference Record: 3-10
Head Coach: Chris Phillips
Series Record: Coastal leads 4-1
Last Meeting: Coastal won 3-2 on Oct. 16, 2009
Notes: Currently ranked eighth in the Big South... Last match-up went five sets with the Chants earning the win... Sophomore Laura Wilcox had 20 kills and five blocks while sophomore Evan Moffitt added 20 digs in the last meeting... Carolina Solano earned Big South Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 5 and Molly Rhyne was named Big South Freshman of the Week Oct. 26... The Bulldogs are on a five-match losing streak with Winthrop on Friday and Coastal on Saturday to finish their season... Most recent loss was against Presbyterian in five.
On The Road Again
The Chants are on the road for the rest of the 2009 season. Coastal has two regular season matches remaining at UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb before venturing to Radford for the Big South Tournament Nov. 19-21.
Coastal Celebrates Senior Night
Seniors Meagan Tracey, Megan Pollard, Jill Nyhof and Rachel Bonertz were recognized at Senior Night on Nov. 6. Tracey entered the week ranked second in the Coastal Carolina history book with 3,924 career assists while Pollard entered the week averaging 3.68 digs per set and ranked fifth overall in the Big South. Meanwhile, Nyhof currently is ranked second in Chanticleer history in total blocks with 418 and led the Big South. Bonertz medically redshirted this season, but has served as student manager.
Senior Megan Pollard and junior Chelsy Kimes reached the 1,000 dig and kill club this season and were honored for their achievements. Pollard recorded her 1,000th dig against Dayton on Aug. 28 and is fourth in career digs in Coastal Carolina history. She currently has 1,373 digs with two matches left in the regular season. Kimes recorded her 1,000th kill against Western Carolina on Sept. 19 and is fifth in career kills in school history. She currently has 1,264 kills with two matches left in the regular season.
No More Tuesday Nights
Coastal played its final Tuesday night match at home against Winthrop last week. The match marked the third home midweek match for the Chants, who were 3-2 on Tuesday nights in 2009.
Seniors Meagan Tracey and Megan Pollard and junior Megan Bickford not only share the same first name, but also seem to have a strong tendency to hit service aces. Combined, the trio has 67 aces on the season and account for roughly 50 percent of Coastal’s aces.
Movin’ On Up
This season, three Chanticleers have moved up in the Coastal Carolina record book. Junior Chelsy Kimes finished the 2008 season ranked 10th in career kills and is currently ranked sixth all-time with 1,225 kills. Meagan Tracey moved from third in career assists to second with 3,924 assists and Jill Nyhof went from being ranked fifth in total blocks to second with 418 total blocks.
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 three consecutive wins into the match Sept. 26, 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. The Chants have not beaten the Lady Flames since Nov. 14, 2006, where they won 3-1 in the Big South semi-final match.
The Chanticleers are 3-2 in five-set matches this season. After winning the first two sets against UNC Greensboro (Sept. 4), the Spartans produced a comeback sending the match to a deciding set. UNC Greensboro prevailed defeating Coastal 15-11 in the final frame. Coastal Carolina outlasted Gardner-Webb on Oct. 16, after winning the first two sets sending the match to a fifth set where the Chants won 15-13. The Chants rallied to a 3-2 victory over UNC Asheville on Oct. 17, handing the Bulldogs their first conference loss of the season. To end the home season, the Chants forced the final two matches into five sets against Winthrop and Presbyterian. Against Winthop, the Eagles took the first two sets, but the Chanticleers came back to win the next three and beat Winthrop 3-2. Against Presbyterian, the Chants took the first set, but the Blue Hose came back to win the second and third sets. Coastal Carolina won the fourth set, forcing the match into a deciding set, which Presbyterian won 15-8.
Welcome Back to the 50+ Assist Club
Senior Meagan Tracey recorded her first 50-plus assist match of the season against Presbyterian on Oct. 10. Since the Presbyterian match, she has tallied three more 50-plus assist matches this season against Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb and UNC Asheville. Last season, Tracey registered three 50-plus assist matches and in her career has posted 24 50-plus assist matches.
The Great Wall of Nyhof
In 29 matches, senior Jill Nyhof has totaled 42 solo blocks and 88 block assists. Nyhof leads the Big South in blocks with 130, averaging 1.27 blocks per set this season. She posted a career-high 13 blocks against Dayton at the Mortar Board Premier on Aug. 28. This season, she has been ranked as high as second in the NCAA in blocks per set.
Bickford Boasting Solid Numbers
Junior Megan Bickford has tallied 245 kills on 531 attempts for a .322 hitting percentage and is averaging 2.31 kills per set. Bickford has registered 19 solo blocks and 62 block assists in the Chanticleers’ 29 matches. She posted a season-high 15 kills against UNC Asheville (Oct. 17) and a season-high three service aces against Western Carolina (Sept. 19).
Kills the Thrill for Kimes
Junior Chelsy Kimes has recorded 396 kills, averaging 3.74 per set. She has 24 double-digit kill matches, including 14 double-digit kill performances in a row and 14 double-doubles. The Chants are 10-4 when Kimes has a double-double.
vs. Ball State (Aug. 29) - 14 kills, 14 digs
vs. UNC Greensboro (Sept. 4) - 14 kills, 10 digs
vs. Eastern Kentucky (Sept. 5) - 10 kills, 10 digs
at Georgia Southern (Sept. 12) - 18 kills, 13 digs
vs. Wake Forest (Sept. 12) - 12 kills, 14 digs
vs. UNC Wilmington (Sept. 19) - 14 kills, 13 digs
at Liberty (Sept. 26) - 12 kills, 10 digs
vs. Radford (Oct. 2) - 13 kills, 12 digs
at Presbyterian (Oct. 10) - 20 kills, 11 digs
vs. Gardner-Webb (Oct. 16) - 23 kills, 14 digs
vs. UNC Asheville (Oct. 17) - 15 kills, 19 digs
at South Carolina State (Oct. 20) - 12 kills, 14 digs
at Charleston Southern (Oct. 27) - 14 kills, 16 digs
at Radford (Oct. 31) - 23 kills, 14 digs
What An Honor
Listed below are Coastal Carolina’s individual accolades from the 2009 season. As of Nov. 2, Coastal has garnered six All-Tournament honors, one Big South Choice Hotels Player of the Week, two Big South Defensive Player of the Week and two Big South Freshman Player of the Week.
Jill Nyhof (Mortar Board Premier, Gamecock Invitational)
Megan Bickford (Gamecock Invitational)
Chelsy Kimes (Bash in the ‘Boro Tournament)
Megan Pollard (Myrtle Beach Comfort Suites Invitational)
Sierra Livesay (Myrtle Beach Comfort Suites Invitational)
Big South Choice Hotels Player of the Week:
Megan Bickford (Oct. 19)
Big South Defensive Player of the Week:
Jill Nyhof (Aug. 31 and Oct. 12)
Big South Freshman of the Week:
Sierra Livesay (Sept. 21 and Oct. 19)
Coastal’s Overall Leaders
Listed below is where the Chanticleers ranked among the Big South’s overall leaders at the end of 2008.
Hitting Percentage: Megan Bickford, .322 (5th)
Kills: Chelsy Kimes, 3.74 per set (4th)
Assists: Meagan Tracey, 8.63 per set (9th)
Blocks: Jill Nyhof, 1.27 per set (1st)
Digs: Megan Pollard, 3.65 per set (6th)
Service Aces: NR
There’s No Place Like Home
Coastal Carolina knows how to defend its home court. Since 1987, the Chanticleers are 170-90 in home matches, having gone 10-2 last season at Kimbel Arena. In the 2009 season, the Chants are currently 9-5, at home.
Sweeping Out the House
In its last 14 home openers, Coastal Carolina is 7-7. Out of those 14, nine matches had scores of 3-0, including five Coastal Carolina wins.
Familiar Names and Faces
Coastal Carolina returns 11 of 14 players from 2008. The veterans include seniors Meagan Tracey, Megan Pollard, and Jill Nyhof, juniors Megan Bickford, Chelsy Kimes, Amanda Russell, Kristin Cozzens and Becky Stowers and sophomores Erika Lightsey, Kelsie Mauck and Simone Autry.
Two freshmen are on Coastal Carolina’s roster for the 2009 season. New to the team this year are Sierra Livesay and Samantha Palka.
Coastal Carolina Second in Preseason Poll
In the Big South Conference Preseason Poll, Coastal Carolina was picked second by the league’s coaches. The Chanticleers collected 67 points in the poll. Liberty claimed the top spot in the poll with 81 points and nine first-place votes.
Kimes Named to Preseason All-Conference
Junior Chelsy Kimes was one of seven players to be selected to the Preseason All-Big South Conference Team. Kimes, known as one of the Big South’s most lethal attackers, ranked number one in both kills and service aces in the Big South.
When In November
Coastal Carolina is 44-26 in the month of November under head coach Kristen Bauer. Not including the Big South Tournament, Bauer has guided the Chants to a 34-16 November mark. The most overall wins by Coastal in November was seven in 2002.
Coming Up Next
The Chanticleers hit the road for their final matches of the season as they travel to UNC Asheville on Friday, Nov. 13 and Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Nov. 14. The Big South Conference Tournament will start Nov. 19 through Nov. 21 and will be hosted by Radford.