Lady Chants, Famili earn respect in preseason poll

Coastal Carolina senior Daniella Famili was voted the Sun Belt Preseason Women’s Soccer Player of the Year and the Chanticleers were picked to finish second in a vote of the league’s head coaches.

“Daniella had a great junior year and the coaches in the Sun Belt Conference recognized it,” said Paul Hogan, who enters his seventh season as CCU head coach. “Daniella is so good on the ball and she has excellent vision. It is our hope is that she can build off last season’s individual success.”

Coastal was picked second to defending champions South Alabama, but CCU was just one point behind in the Jaguars in the voting – 109 points to 108 – despite the Chants getting a league-best four first-place votes to USA’s three. Little Rock (106 points and three first-place votes) was picked third, followed by Appalachian State (84 points) and Louisiana (60 points and one first-place vote) to round out the top five.

“I was a little surprised to be picked second overall in the Sun Belt considering we lost seven seniors, five of whom started,” Hogan said. “I do think the preseason poll is a reflection of how we finished last year. We had a great run in 2016, but this team has to go out there and earn everything we get. We have a combined 21 freshmen and sophomores so we are going to be a young team.”

Coastal Carolina finished second last year in the league and reached the Sun Belt Tournament Championship. The Chanticleers started the season 2-3-1, but closed the year strong and posted a 12-6-3 record, including a 6-2-2 mark in league play.

Famili was voted the preseason Sun Belt Player of the Year as she is one of four returning players in the league that earned first team All-Conference last season. Famili additionally was the first Chanticleer to be named first team All-South by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and just the fourth Chant overall to be named all-region.

A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Famili ranked third in the Sun Belt with nine goals last season while her season total led the team and tied her school record for goals in a season. Her 21 points in 2016 also ranked third in the league. Four of her goals in 2016 were game-winners to rank second in the league.

In addition to being named first team All-Sun Belt in 2016, Famili was a first team All-Big South selection in 2015 and she was voted to the Big South All-Freshman team in 2014. She first set the CCU record for goals in a season with nine as a sophomore (2015) and enters her senior year with 21 career goals scored, which ranks fifth on the CCU all-time list.

Fans can get a preview of the 2017 Chanticleer women’s soccer team as Coastal Carolina hosts High Point in an exhibition this Friday (Aug. 11) at 7 pm. Admission is free.

2017 Sun Belt Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll (first-place votes in parentheses)
1. South Alabama (3) – 109 pts
2. Coastal Carolina (4) – 108 pts
3. Little Rock (3) – 106 pts
4. Appalachian State – 84 pts
5. Louisiana (1) – 60 pts
5. Troy – 60 pts
7. Texas State – 52 pts
8. ULM – 44 pts
9. Georgia State – 39 pts
10. Arkansas State – 36 pts
11. Georgia Southern – 28 pts

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

Comments

comments

CAC swimmers race rivals, storms at Palmetto Invite

CAC swimmers race rivals, storms at Palmetto InviteWhile most of South Carolina was under rain showers this [more]

CCU takes series from ASU in de facto tripleheader day

CCU takes series from ASU in de facto tripleheader day Coastal Carolina played 22 innings on Saturday (completing game 1 [more]

North edges South as rain keeps teams on their toes

North edges South as rain keeps teams on their toesThe Class 4A North-South All-Star Boys Tennis showcase managed to [more]

NMB's Smith picked to kick at Ray Guy prospect camp

NMB's Smith picked to kick at Ray Guy prospect campNorth Myrtle Beach High's Zane Smith received the Ray Guy [more]

Rain plagues CCU's series with Appalachian State

Rain plagues CCU's series with Appalachian StateGame one of the weekend series between #16 Coastal Carolina [more]

Girls Soccer: McCoy, Hall top all-region for Panthers

Girls Soccer: McCoy, Hall top all-region for PanthersThe Carolina Forest girls soccer team cleaned up on the [more]

Strong finish lands Chants in top 10 but no NCAA bid

Strong finish lands Chants in top 10 but no NCAA bidThe Coastal Carolina men’s golf team shot a final-round, 7-under [more]

Boys Golf: Seahawks earn repeat as state runner-up

Boys Golf: Seahawks earn repeat as state runner-upThe Myrtle Beach High School varsity boys golf team finished [more]

Lone Panther Fortenberry ties for third in Class 5A

Lone Panther Fortenberry ties for third in Class 5A Carolina Forest's Chris Fortenberry finished tied for third individually at [more]

Coastal ace Bilous claims Sun Belt Pitcher of Week

Coastal ace Bilous claims Sun Belt Pitcher of WeekCoastal Carolina junior Jason Bilous was voted the Sun Belt [more]

MB's Cahill, Wallen make deep runs at state singles

MB's Cahill, Wallen make deep runs at state singlesThe Myrtle Beach High boys tennis team sent a pair [more]

Chants climb leaderboard in second round of NCAA

Chants climb leaderboard in second round of NCAAThe Coastal Carolina men’s golf team shot an even-par round [more]

Soccer: SJ's Williams joins MB trio on all-state squad

Soccer: SJ's Williams joins MB trio on all-state squadThree Myrtle Beach High soccer players and one St. James [more]

SJ's Bray, MB's Edwards at top of All-Region 7-4A list

SJ's Bray, MB's Edwards at top of All-Region 7-4A listFollowing a near-miss bid to the Class 4A state championship [more]

Locals top all-region team; MB's Bodge earns all-state

Locals top all-region team; MB's Bodge earns all-stateGrand Strand area teams dominated the All-Region 7-4A team, and [more]

MB's Grigg, NMB duo put teams in hunt for 4A title

MB's Grigg, NMB duo put teams in hunt for 4A titleDefending state runner-up Myrtle Beach is in a familiar position, [more]

Confidence Cougars beat Manzer Academy for title

Confidence Cougars beat Manzer Academy for titleThe Confidence Cougars, an AAU team made up of players [more]

CCU struggles on first day of NCAAs but still in hunt

CCU struggles on first day of NCAAs but still in huntThe Coastal Carolina men’s golf team shot a 2-over par, [more]

Chants sweep Trojans, nab top seed, Sun Belt East title

Chants sweep Trojans, nab top seed, Sun Belt East titleFor the second time this weekend, Coastal Carolina shutout Little [more]

Former Chant Henderson 'truly blessed' after crash

Former Chant Henderson 'truly blessed' after crashFormer Coastal Carolina All-American and Denver Broncos running back De'Angelo [more]

Track & Field: Strand trio strikes silver at state meet

Track & Field: Strand trio strikes silver at state meetNo gold medals made their way from Saturday's SCHSL Class [more]

CA loses double-overtime heartbreaker in state final

CA loses double-overtime heartbreaker in state finalThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach girls soccer team suffered [more]

CCU celebrates Senior Day by making magic number 1

CCU celebrates Senior Day by making magic number 1On Coastal Carolina’s Senior Day, CCU senior Kevin Woodall accounted [more]

Boys Golf: Seahawks take aim at state title as a team

Boys Golf: Seahawks take aim at state title as a teamAfter Myrtle Beach High golfer Holden Grigg's record-setting 2017 Class [more]

Coastal opens final home series with shutout of ULR

Coastal opens final home series with shutout of ULRJason Bilous posted a career-high 11 strikeouts over seven scoreless [more]

CAC swimmers race rivals, storms at Palmetto Invite

CAC swimmers race rivals, storms at Palmetto InviteWhile most of South Carolina was under rain showers this [more]

CCU takes series from ASU in de facto tripleheader day

CCU takes series from ASU in de facto tripleheader day Coastal Carolina played 22 innings on Saturday (completing game 1 [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach