CCU beach volleyball holds home tourney for first time

ccubeachvol-13Coastal Carolina University opened its brand new beach volleyball facility on Friday with the first four matches of the two-day, CCU-hosted beach tournament.

Coastal played in two of the four matches, suffering 3-2 losses to both North Florida and Jacksonville to fall to 1-13 overall this season, and 0-8 in ASUN Conference play. The two other matches were neutral-site contests between North Florida, Jacksonville and Mercer.

* Match 1 vs. North Florida: The Chants were edged in the first match by North Florida, 3-2. Coastal’s top pairing of Natasa Savovic and Tahleia Bishop earned their seventh win of the season in straight sets against Katarina Raicevic and Courtney Miller. Leah Hardeman and Aleksandra Djuric provided the Chants’ second point on the fourth court, also in straight sets. North Florida got points on the second, third and fifth courts to close out the match and get the victory.

* Match 2 vs. Jacksonville: Coastal suffered its second close loss of the day, once again by a 3-2 margin. Savovic and Bishop won their second match of the day, this time downing Jacksonville’s top pairing of Mackenzie Swan and Cristina Finan in straight sets. Coastal’s second point came in the last match to finish. Sara Boothe and Katie Davis closed the day’s action with a 21-18, 21-19 win over Morgan Dees and Megan Widener on the second court. Jacksonville earned its points on the third, fourth and fifth courts.

Action from the Coastal Carolina Beach Volleyball Complex continues on Saturday with three more matches. Coastal will play the latter two matches at noon and 2 p.m. against Jacksonville and North Florida.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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