Nov. 14, 2012
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina volleyball team begins its pursuit of a Big South tournament championship on Thursday, Nov. 15 when it faces Radford in a quarterfinal match of the Big South Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting.
The second-seeded Chanticleers will meet the seventh-seeded Highlanders at 5 p.m. at Paul Porter Arena on the campus of Gardner-Webb University. The winner advances to a semifinal matchup against either No. 3 High Point or No. 6 UNC Asheville on Friday.
Under first-year head coach Jozsef Forman, Coastal is coming off a second-place finish in the conference during the regular season, its best since sharing the league title in 2008. The Chants won their last three matches to finish 10-4 in the Big South and improve to 12-13 overall.
Freshman Gabriella Horvath had a team-high 306 kills and ranked fifth in the Big South with 2.94 kills per set. Junior Meghan Laffin totaled 223 kills, while junior Kindra Bailey had 182 while recording a team-best .303 hitting percentage. Junior Lauren Alejo dished out 901 assists and ranked sixth in the conference with 8.58 assists per set.
Defensively, Bailey had team-best 91 total blocks, ranking fifth in the league with 0.99 blocks per set. Freshman Eszter Nagy was second on the team in blocks with 64. Coastal had four players record at least 200 digs, with junior Sam Skryd and sophomore Jenna Orner leading the way with 269 and 268, respectively. Senior Jamie DiMaggio totaled 242 digs and Alejo had 202.
The Chanticleers totaled 114 service aces, ranking third in the conference with 1.37 aces per set. Bailey and Skryd each had 30 aces to lead the team.
Coastal has won nine of its last 11 sets, recording sweeps of Charleston Southern and Campbell before notching a five-set victory over High Point.
The Chants also went five sets against Radford in the teams' only regular-season meeting on Oct. 12 at The HTC Center. Coastal won the first two sets before the Highlanders rallied to take the third and fourth. The Chanticleers, though, prevailed 16-14 in the deciding game.
Radford won three of its last four matches to finish the regular season 16-15 overall and 6-8 in conference play.
Coastal is seeking its fourth Big South tournament championship, along with the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament that comes with it.
The semifinals will be played at 4:30 and 7 p.m. on Friday at Paul Porter Arena, with the final scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be streamed live on the Big South Network, while the final will be aired live on ESPN3.
Big South Volleyball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting
Thursday, Nov. 15 - Quarterfinals
Match 1 - No. 1 Liberty vs. No. 8 Charleston Southern, 12:00 p.m.
Match 2 - No. 4 Presbyterian College vs. No. 5 Winthrop, 2:30 p.m.
Match 3 - No. 2 Coastal Carolina vs. No. 7 Radford, 5 p.m.
Match 4 - No. 3 High Point vs. No. 6 UNC Asheville, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16 - Semifinals
Match 5 - Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner, 4:30 p.m.
Match 6 - Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18 - Championship
Match 7 - Match 5 winner vs. Match 6 winner, 2 p.m.