Coastal volleyball captures program’s first NCAA win

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The Coastal Carolina volleyball team won the program’s first ever NCAA Tournament match Friday evening as the Chanticleers downed James Madison in five sets (19-25, 25-18, 25-18, 17-25, 15-9) at North Carolina’s Carmichael Arena.

The historic win improves Coastal’s record to 28-4, setting a program high for wins in a season. It is also Coastal’s 18th straight win, matching the program’s record set by the 2015 Chanticleers’

Coastal now advances to the second round of the tournament where it faces the winner of Friday’s second match at the Chapel Hill regional. CCU faces top-seeded North Carolina as the host Tar Heels defeat High Point. The second round match is slated to start Saturday at 6 p.m. at Carmichael Arena.

Friday’s match saw just one lead change and only six ties as all but the deciding set featured start-to-finish leads. Coastal led in kills (66-60) and assists (61 -57), though JMU held advantages in hitting percentage, digs and blocks.

Annayka Legros led the Chants in the victory with 19 kills, a .455 hitting percentage and seven blocks. Her kill total was one short of her personal best, set earlier this season against Georgia Tech.

Leah Hardeman and Tahleia Bishop each put down 14 shots and were both active at the net defensively, with the former recording four blocks and the latter a pair.

Sara Boothe dished out 40 assists and Carla Cahill led the Chants with 17 digs. Natasa Savovic also provided 15 digs in the winning effort.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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