No. 2 seed Coastal Carolina hit .381 for the match to down No. 7 seed Presbyterian College in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Big South Volleyball Championship presented by Musco Sports Lighting Thursday evening at the Templeton Center on the campus of Presbyterian College. The Chanticleers will play No. 3 seed High Point Friday night at 7:00pm in the semifinals. It is Coastal Carolina’s second consecutive semifinal appearance.
Coastal Carolina used a balanced attack with five players posting six-or-more kills, while hitting .381 to down Presbyterian in three sets. Eszter Nagy led the way for the Chanticleers with 12 kills and a .667 hitting percentage. The Blue Hose were led by Halle Tripp’s 11 kills, while Kelly Berryman added five blocks defensively.
In a tightly contested first set Coastal Carolina used a 5-0 spurt capped off by a Kindra Bailey kill to take a 10-6 lead. Presbyterian closed the gap with a 3-0 run, started by a kill from Mary Trimpe. The Chanticleer’s held a slim 20-18 advantage before it reeled off five straight points to win the opening set 25-18. Lian Bernett led the Chanticleers with six kills, while Nagy added four kills on seven swings.
Coastal took a 2-0 advantage into the intermission following a 25-22 victory in the second set. CCU and PC traded points until the Chanticleers ran off a 7-1 stretch opening up their lead to 14-9, Bailey and Gabriella Horvath each registered two kills during the run. After the Blue Hose went on a 3-0 run of their own, Coastal Carolina reeled off four in a row forcing Presbyterian coach Korrinn Burgess to call a timeout. Following the timeout, the Chants maintained their lead until PC went on a 4-0 run highlighted by a couple of Tripp services aces, evening the score at 21-21. With the scored tied at 22, Coastal scored the final three and ended the set on consecutive kills from Horvath.
The Chanticleers got off to a 4-1 lead in the third set and led 11-8 before Presbyterian took the lead on the heels of four straight points. Trimpe scored three-of-four points to spur the run and give PC a 12-11 lead. Coastal answered the run by scoring seven of the next ten points forcing the Blue Hose to call timeout. From that point Coastal Carolina played side-out volleyball to close out the match 25-20. Horvath posted four kills on five swings in the match clinching set.
Coastal Carolina improves to 18-11 on the year, while Presbyterian College ends its season at 9-22. Coastal Carolina will be making its 18th appearance in the Big South Volleyball Championship semifinals.
Coastal Carolina Head Coach Jozsef Forman:
“Presbyterian played really well, but at the crucial time Coastal was better and won the game. I really want to congratulate my team. In front of a big crowd this was an excellent Big South tournament game. I have to say, the setter, outside hitter and middle blocker for Presbyterian were excellent. They are a really well coached team. We lost our last four games [at Presbyterian], for the first time we won and I am really happy about my teams performance.”
Presbyterian College Head Coach Korrinn Burgess
“I thought we fought hard with Coastal. We could match them point-for-point but then they would go on a run for three or four points here and there and we just couldn’t recover. I thought we blocked and served well to get Coastal off their rhythm at times. I liked that Andrea Barman went out like she did hitting almost .500, even with the loss”