*Release courtesy of the Big South
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The No. 3 Coastal Carolina University volleyball team picked up 13 kills and 11 digs from sophomore Chelsy Kimes (Munster, Ind./Munster) downed No. 6 Charleston Southern 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-18) in the quarterfinals of the Big South Conference Tournament at Justice Center Friday afternoon.
Coastal Carolina (26-8) advances to the semifinals of the tournament where it will face No. 2 High Point Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. It will be the seventh straight year that the Chanticleers have been in the semifinals.
The Lady Bucs finished their season at 16-18. They were led by Cori Holeman who registered seven kills. Tricia Rodl had 18 digs and Amy Nokes had six kills and three blocks.
Coastal Carolina was led on defense by senior Brett Starbuck (Glen Allen, Va./J.R. Tucker) with 19 digs. Junior Jill Nyhof (Alpharetta, Ga./Northview) had nine kills. Sophomore Megan Bickford (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South) and senior Kristin Wolf (Andover, Kan./Andover Central) chipped in seven kills each.
The first set had Charleston Southern make eight attack errors as the Chanticleers overcame an early Lady Buc lead to take the first set 25-18. In the second set, the Lady Bucs led for most of the set. A 4-0 run led by two kills from Nokes helped push CSU in front 17-13. The Bucs led 20-17 and seemed poised to tie the match but Coastal Carolina went on a 6-0 run behind the serving of Bickford. The Chants led 23-20 and won the set 25-22.
The third set was tied 12-12 before Coastal Carolina scored four straight points to take a 16-12 advantage. Kimes had three kills during the run. The Lady Bucs could get no closer as the Chanticleers won their 26th match of the season.
Coastal Carolina Head Coach Kristen Bauer
“We didn’t play great today but we were persistent and got the job done. I thought our middles played well and a key to our win. We’re the underdog tomorrow, and we’ll have to play better against a great High Point team.”
Charleston Southern Head Coach Danyel Bellush
“We battled and fought hard for a young team but losing that second set really hurt. The future is very bright for our program with our young players.”