Week 14 Notes:
Nyhof Named All-Tournament
Sophomore Jill Nyhof was selected to the Big South Conference All-Tournament Team following the championship match on Saturday. Nyhof hit .429 and had 24 kills in two matches. Against Radford, the Alpharetta, Ga. native hit a career-best .593 with 17 kills off 27 total attacks. Against top-seeded Liberty, she had seven kills and five total blocks.
Mark Down Another Double-Double For Kimes
Freshman Chelsy Kimes tallied her team-leading 11th double-double of the season with a 15-kill, 11-dig performance against fifth-seeded Radford in the opening round of the Big South Tournament on Nov. 15. Coastal went 6-5 in 2007 when Kimes had a double-double.
Save The Best For Radford
Senior Nakia Thompson saved her top offensive performances for matches against Radford. Out of her top five hitting percentages on the season, three were against the Highlanders, including a season-best .524 on Oct. 6. On the season, Thompson hit. 431 with 33 kills off 65 total attacks versus Radford.
All-Conference Honors For Bickford
Freshman Megan Bickford received First Team All-Conference honors, the Big South announced on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Bickford is just one of three Coastal players to receive First Team All-Conference in their first season with the Lady Chanticleers, joining the ranks of Roberta Croteau and Coastal’s all-time kills and kills per game leader Katherine Jensen-Spencer.
Two Make All-Freshman Team
Both freshmen Megan Bickford and Chelsy Kimes were selected to the All-Freshman Team. It is the first time two Coastal players have received the honor. Also, Coastal is the only team to have two players on the 2007 All-Freshman Team.
Hitting the books has paid off for sophomore Jill Nyhof. The Alpharetta, Ga. native was selected to the Big South’s All-Academic Team on Nov. 13 as well as earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District III University Division Second Team honors on Nov. 8. Nyhof carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a political science major.
Season-Bests All Around
Three Lady Chanticleers finished the 2007 season ranked among Coastal’s single season leaders. Junior Brett Starbuck is now Coastal’s all-time single-season digs leader with 607, becoming the first Lady Chant with over 600 digs in one season. Sophomore Meagan Tracey finished the season with 1,320 assists, which is fifth all-time. Freshman Megan Bickford ended her rookie season among Coastal’s top five leaders for block assists (fourth with 105) and total blocks (fifth with 118).
Among The Tops
Several Lady Chanticleers already rank among the program’s career leaders. Junior Brett Starbuck ranks among the digs leaders, while sophomore Meagan Tracey is among the assists and assists per game leaders. Sophomore Jill Nyhof is listed among the kills per game leaders. Freshman Megan Bickford has Coastal’s top hitting percentage and one of the top blocks per game averages.
When In The Big South Tournament
In the Big South Conference Tournament, Coastal holds an all-time 17-18 record. The Lady Chants have advanced out of the first round 12 times, including each of the last six years. Meanwhile, Coastal has played in the championship match three times, having won the Big South title in 1996 and 1998.
Four Is A First
This year’s Big South Tournament marked the first time the Lady Chants were seeded fourth. In previous years, Coastal has been seeded first (1987, 1996), second (1989, 2000, 2003-05), third (1990, 1995, 1997-98), sixth (1991, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2006), seventh (1992) and ninth (1993).
Kimes Nabs Third Big South Honor
Freshman Chelsy Kimes was selected as the Big South New Balance Freshman of the Week for the third time this season on Nov. 12. Kimes helped Coastal to a 3-1 win at Charleston Southern with 21 kills, 12 digs and five service aces. Her 21 kills and five aces also tied career-bests.
Gimme An Ace
Aces played a large part in Coastal’s 3-1 win over Charleston Southern on Nov. 9. The Lady Chanticleers totaled 15 aces, which tied a team season-best, and each server tallied at least one ace. Freshman Chelsy Kimes and sophomore Meagan Tracey combined for nine aces, registering five and four, respectively. Sophomore Megan Pollard and freshman Megan Bickford each had two, while senior Nakia Thompson and freshman Amanda Russell each recorded one.
Starbuck Digs A Grand
Junior Brett Starbuck tallied her 1,000th-career dig during game two against Presbyterian on Oct. 26. She became the ninth Lady Chanticleer in program history to reach the mark and the first since Kristin Rinne, who recorded her 1,000th dig against the College of Charleston on Nov. 27, 2005. Since Oct. 26, Starbuck, who entered the Presbyterian match with 990 digs, has compiled 99 digs and now has 1,089 career digs to her name.
Ace, Ace, Ace!
Coastal definitely got those aces on Oct. 27 at UNC Asheville. The Lady Chanticleers posted a season-high 15 aces with each Lady Chant that served tallying at least one ace. Junior Brett Starbuck accounted for six of Coastal’s 15 aces. Sophomores Megan Pollard and Meagan Tracey and freshman Megan Bickford each had two aces. Meanwhile, senior Devon West and freshmen Chelsy Kimes and Amanda Russell all totaled one.
Coastal Celebrates Senior Night
Seniors Nakia Thompson and Devon West were recognized following Coastal’s 3-1 win over Radford on Senior Night. Thompson finished her career with 731 career kills and 202 total blocks (25 solo, 176 block assists). Meanwhile, West, who played for Coastal for three years, totaled 15 aces and 176 digs.
Starbuck Reaches 30, Again
For the second time this season, junior Brett Starbuck recorded a 30-dig match. The libero from Glen Allen, Va. tallied 30 digs against Radford on Oct. 19. Just a week earlier, Starbuck set a new career-high with 37 digs against High Point on Friday, Oct. 12.
The Final Stretch
Coastal closed out its home schedule Oct. 20, which was the earliest the home schedule has ended in program history. Head coach Kristen Bauer has guided Coastal to a 7-3 mark in regular season home finales.
Can You Dig It?
Junior Brett Starbuck can. Against High Point on Oct. 12, Starbuck posted a match and career-high 37 digs, which was the most to be recorded by a Big South player in a single match this season. It was the second time in her career in which she’s had at least 30 digs against the Panthers. Last year, the Glen
Allen, Va. native totaled 30 at High Point on Oct. 28.
Number Two For Kimes
It’s two weeks in a row for freshman Chelsy Kimes. The Munster, Ind. native garnered her second and Coastal’s third New Balance Freshman of the Week honor from the Big South on Monday, Oct. 1. Kimes had 18 or more kills in each of Coastal’s matches last week, averaging 5.27 kills per game. She also had double-doubles in two of Coastal’s three matches with 21 kills and 10 digs against UNC Wilmington and 18 kills and 10 digs against Presbyterian.
Leave It To Wolf
Junior Kristin Wolf had a standout performance against UNC Asheville Sept. 28. Wolf totaled a career-high three service aces, a match-best .455 hitting percentage and her first career solo block.
That’s Our Setter?
Sophomore Meagan Tracey is normally the one setting up the offensive plays. Against Presbyterian on Sept. 29, not only did Tracey set up the offense with 52 assists, but she helped defensively with 17 digs, the second-highest for Coastal. It was third time in her career she’s had at least 17 digs in a match.
No Blocks About It
With no blocks against South Carolina State, it was the first time a Coastal team under head coach Kristen Bauer did not register a block in a match. Until Sept. 18, the fewest number of blocks Bauer’s teams have registered have been one, which has happened nine times.
Kimes Selected As Freshman Of The Week
Freshman Chelsy Kimes garnered Coastal’s second Big South New Balance Freshman of the Week honors on Sept. 24. Kimes led Coastal last week with 26 kills off 63 total attacks for a .349 hitting percentage. She also totaled three service aces and had 21 digs.
Eight-Match Homestand Comes To An End
The Lady Chanticleers wrapped up their eight-match homestand on Saturday, Sept. 29 with a 6-2 record. Coastal’s eight home matches was its second longest span of home matches since 1988. The longest stretch is 12 matches in 2003 and Coastal went 8-4 in that stretch.
Coastal Sweeps Weekly Awards
For the first time since Nov. 8, 2004, Coastal swept the Big South Conference Weekly Honors Monday, Sept. 10 with sophomore Jill Nyhof named Choice Hotels Player of the Week and freshman Megan Bickford garnering New Balance Freshman of the Week. Both players were named to the Comfort Suites 49ers Volleyball Tournament All-Tournament Team. Nyhof totaled 58 kills, including the match-winners against UNC Greensboro and Morgan State. Bickford, who garnered her second All-Tournament honor of the season, hit a team-best .438, tallying 41 kills off 80 total attacks with only six errors.
Kimbel Sweet Kimbel...
Coastal Carolina knows how to defend its home court. Since 1987, the Lady Chanticleers are 168-96 in home matches.
...The Unfriendly Road
While the Lady Chants enjoy the comforts of Kimbel Arena, the road hasn’t been quite as friendly. Since 1987, Coastal is currently 95-144 in away matches. Additionally, Coastal has only had five winning away records.
The Home Court Advantage
Coastal has gone 13-6 in its first Big South Conference home match since 1988. In her tenure, head coach Kristen Bauer has guided the Lady Chants to a 6-3 record in conference home openers.
When In November
Coastal Carolina is 36-25 all-time in the month of November under head coach Kristen Bauer. Not including the Big South Tournament, Bauer has guided the Lady Chants to a 28-16 November mark. The most overall wins by Coastal in the month of November was seven in 2002.
When In October
Coastal Carolina is 52-40 in the month of October under head coach Kristen Bauer. The most wins by Coastal in the month of October was nine, which was reached in both 2004 and 2005. Coastal went 3-6 in October this season.
When In September
Under head coach Kristen Bauer, Coastal Carolina is 56-62 in the month of September, including 9-5 this year. The Lady Chants’ nine wins ties the most matches Coastal has won in a single September under Bauer. Coastal first reached nine September wins in 2003 with a 9-4 mark.
Coastal’s Overall Leaders
Listed below is where the Lady Chanticleers ranked among the Big South’s overall leaders through Nov. 19.
Hitting Percentage: Megan Bickford, .337 (2nd)
Kills: Chelsy Kimes, 3.65 per game (4th), Jill Nyhof, 3.51 per game (5th)
Assists: Meagan Tracey, 11.68 per game (3rd)
Service Aces: Chelsy Kimes, 0.34 per game (6th), Meagan Tracey, 0.31 per game (8th), Megan Pollard, 0.29 per game (10th)
Blocks: Megan Bickford, 1.02 per game (3rd)
Digs: Brett Starbuck, 5.42 per game (1st)
All In the Conference
Listed below is how the Lady Chants ranked in the Big South in only conference-only matches through Nov. 12:
Hitting Percentage: Megan Bickford, .331 (5th),
Kills: Chesly Kimes, 3.58 per game (7th)
Assists: Meagan Tracey, 11.40 per game (4th)
Service Aces: Megan Pollard, 0.40 per game (2nd), Chelsy Kimes, 0.35 per game (T-5th), Megan Bickford, 0.35 per game (T-5th), Meagan Tracey, 0.33 per game (9th)
Blocks: Megan Bickford, 1.21 per game (3rd), Nakia Thompson, 0.98 per game (9th)
Digs: Brett Starbuck, 6.03 per game (1st)