The Presbyterian College volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Coastal Carolina Saturday afternoon in Conway, S.C., giving the Blue Hose their first conference loss. The Chanticleers took the sets by scores of 25-15, 25-11, and 25-18.
PC drops to 6-8 overall and 1-1 in the Big South. Coastal Carolina improves to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in the league. The Blue Hose return to action Friday, Oct. 3, when they travel to Winthrop to take the Eagles at 7 p.m.
Rachel Elshoff led the team with seven kills, with Rachel Hall and Ashton Stewart following with six apiece. Ashton Frank posted 16 assists, while Mary Trimpe added 18 digs. PC hit 20 kills as a team, as well.
Annayka Legros paced Coastal Carolina with 10 kills, with Leah Bernett, Leah Hardeman and Eszter Nagy behind with seven each. The Chanticleers posted 36 kills, and just nine errors for a .248 hitting percentage.
Leading by just three, 11-8, early in the first set, the Chanticleers went on a quick 4-1 run to build a six-point lead, 15-9. Back to back attack errors by CCU cut the lead to four, 11-15, before the Chanticleers were able to extend the lead to nine, 23-14, off an 8-3 run. A CCU serving error made it 23-15 before a PC attack error and Martin kill gave the Chanticleers the 25-15 first set win.
Frank opened the second set with a service ace to give PC the early 1-0 lead. That would be the last lead for the Blue Hose as Coastal Carolina stormed ahead to a 12-6 lead, before PC cut the margin to within four off a Elshoff kill. CCU used a 6-3 run to build an 18-9 lead and scored the last seven points in a row to take the 25-11 second set win.
Tied 5-5 in the third set, the Chanticleers scored five straight to make it 10-5. A Hall kills and CCU attack error cut the margin to three, but the Chanticleers came back to take the seven-point lead. Coastal Carolina held at least a six-point lead for most of the set until PC rallied to within four late, 18-22. That would be the last point for PC as the Chanticleers rattled off three straight to take the 25-18 set and match win.