CCU volleyball season comes to end with loss to Winthrop

The Coastal Carolina volleyball team won the first set handily, but was unable to hold onto the momentum as Winthrop won the next three sets to take the match 3-1 in the opening round of the Big South Tournament on Thursday in Charleston.

Coastal jumped out to a commanding 15-7 lead in the first set following two kills by freshman Lian Bernett. The Eagles then went on a 4-1 run to pull within four points of the Chants and came within three points of Coastal on a couple of occasions, but would not get any closer as the Chants took the opening set 25-20.

Winthrop tied the match up at one apiece following a 25-16 win in the second set and took the lead with a 25-23 win in the second. During the fourth set, Winthrop scored four of the first five points to go ahead 4-1 and rolled to a 25-13 win.

CCU’s Erika Lightsey finished the match with a double-double, as she posted 10 kills and 10 digs on the evening. Kindra Bailey led the team in kills with 12, as well as in blocks with six, while Lindsey Gill had a team high of 19 digs and two service aces. Sam Skryd finished the match with 31 assists.

The Chants ended the season with a 13-20 record, while going 5-9 in conference play.

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