Lady Chants score seventh straight win to top Sun Belt

ccuvol-6setThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team won its seventh straight match Sunday afternoon as the Chanticleers swept visiting ULM in three sets (25-8, 25-18, 25-16) at the HTC Center.

Coastal (17-4, 8-1) posted impressive numbers across the board, nearly doubling ULM (8-19, 2-7) in every category including hitting percentage (.432 – .070), kills (43-22), assists (40-21), digs (44-26) and blocks (7-3).

Tahleia Bishop paced the Coastal attack with a .500 hitting percentage and match-leading 10 kills. Natasa Savovic followed with nine kills at a .389 pace, while Leah Hardeman and Dora Lulic both put down seven shots.

Sara Boothe provided 21 assists and finished second on the team with eight digs, behind only the 10 of Carla Cahill. Four Chants supplied blocks in the match, including two solos and an assist from both Hardeman and Annayka Legros.

Sunday’s win gives Coastal a commanding lead in the Sun Belt East Division, as the next closest team entering the day’s action was Georgia Southern at 11-12, 4-4. In the West Division, Arkansas State (17-7, 9-1) remains in front with Texas State (15-9, 8-1) close behind.

Coastal is on the road for its next pair of matches before returning to the HTC Center to close out the regular season with four straight home contests. The Chants’ two-match road stretch begins Friday, Oct. 28 at South Alabama (6:30 pm CT), and concludes Oct. 29 at Troy.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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