Coastal volleyball advances to final of Sun Belt tourney

ccuvol-sunbeltsemisThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team will make its first Sun Belt Championship appearance on Sunday afternoon after defeating third-seeded Texas State, 3-1 in Saturday’s semifinal at UT Arlington’s College Park Center.

The Chanticleers (26-4) will face the winner of Saturday’s second semifinal match between top-seeded Arkansas State and fourth-seeded UT Arlington. The championship is set for 2 p.m. ET and can be viewed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

It is the fifth consecutive season that Coastal is making an appearance in a conference championship. The Chants advanced to the Big South final in each of their last four seasons in the league.

Saturday’s 23-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-13 victory is the 16th straight for the Chants, though the first-set loss snapped a season-best 30-set winning streak.

Leah Hardeman led the way for CCU with 20 kills and seven digs, hitting .390 on the day. Tahleia Bishop added 16 kills on .519 hitting and Annayka Legros totaled 10 kills and six blocks for the Chants. Sara Boothe tallied 30 assists and eight digs for CCU.

Photo courtesy of Sun Belt Conference

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