Lady Chants sweep G-W to remain tied for first place

The Coastal Carolina volleyball team picked up its first 3-0 in conference play this season on the road at Gardner-Webb. The victory is the third-straight for the Chants in Big South Conference play and moves them into a two-way tie for first place in the standings with Liberty who they beat 3-1 at home earlier this season.

With the win the Chanticleers improve to 8-11 on the season and 6-2 in Big South play. The Runnin’ Bulldogs fall to 8-16 on the season and 3-4 in Big South action.

Coastal was led by freshman Gabriella Horvath who had 13 kills, nine digs, a service ace and a solo block. Freshman Eszter Nagy added 10 kills and five blocks including one solo. Horvath hit for a .357 average while Nagy had a .368 average. Freshman Monica Hall led the team with six blocks including three solo and added four kills.

Junior Lauren Alejo dished out 32 assists. Alejo, Horvath and junior Sam Skryd all tied for the team lead in digs with nine while senior Jamie DiMaggio and sophomore Jenna Orner each had eight.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs were led by Emily Holte who had six kills while four others added five kills each.

Coastal hit .252 as a team while GWU had a .123 average for the match.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs jumped out to an 11-5 lead early in the first set but a 6-1 run by the Chants cut the advantage to just one. Following a GWU timeout the two teams traded points until a kill and a solo block by Nagy gave the Chants a 15-14 lead. The teams continued to trade points but with CCU up 21-20 Gardner-Webb rattled off three-straight points to open up the largest lead since the 14-12 mark of the set.

The Chants answered with kills by Horvath and Nagy to tie the set at 23. The Runnin’ Bulldogs went on to earn set points at 24-23, 25-24 and 26-25 but the Chants answered every time. The Chants earned their first set point of the match at 27-26 on a solo block by Hall but Gardner-Webb nailed a kill to tie the set at 27. The set finally ended thanks to junior Kindra Bailey who had a kill to put the Chants up 28-27 and then fired off an ace to end the first stanza 29-27.

The second set opened with the Chants taking the early control. Coastal took eight of the first 12 points and held the lead the rest of the set as the Chants coasted to a 25-20 victory.

Both teams came out firing in the third set as they traded the first 17 points. Up 9-8 the Chants began a 7-3 run thanks to a pair of service aces as well as kills from Horvath, Nagy, Bailey and Hall. The Runnin’ Bulldogs cut the lead to three at 18-15 but that set off a 7-1 run by the Chants to close out the set 25-16.

Coastal will return to action Saturday at 1 p.m. as the Chants travel to UNC Asheville for another key Big South match-up.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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