The Presbyterian College volleyball team mounted a tremendous rally in the third set, but fell 26-24, to drop a home contest to Coastal Carolina in three sets Saturday night at Templeton Center. The Chanticleers took the three straight sets by scores of 25-23, 25-12, and 26-24.
PC, which falls to 10-14 overall and 5-6 in the Big South, head on the road this upcoming weekend with a Nov. 7, stop at UNC Asheville and a Nov. 8 trip to Gardner-Webb. PC faces the Bulldogs at 7 p.m., and the Runnin’ Bulldogs at 2 p.m. Coastal Carolina improves to 19-6, 8-3
Leading PC were Rachel Hall with nine kills and Rachel Elshoff with seven. Kelly Berryman, who posted six kills, was stellar on defense with two solo blocks and six block assists. Ashtin Frank added 28 assists, while Mary Trimpe has 12 digs. PC collected 35 kills off 126 attacks and ended the night with 48 digs and nine total blocks.
Leah Hardeman finished with 11 kills for Coastal, with Eszter Nagy behind with nine. Sam Skyrd added 29 assists, while Lian Bernett, Leah Hardeman an Skyrd paced the squad with 11 digs apiece. The Chanticleers tallied 36 kills off 104 attacks for a .221 hitting percentage. The visitors posted 11 total blocks and 54 digs.
The early stages of the first set were tight with both teams battling back and forth neither one able to make any headway. PC held the 15-13 lead of back to back kills from Ashton Stewart and Halle Tripp, but it was Coastal with the next five in a row, highlighted by three kills from Nagy, to storm ahead to the 18-15 lead. The Chanticleers extended the lead to 20-17 before PC used a Berryman kill and block to cut the margin to one.
After CCU went back up by two, 22-20, off a Bernett kill, PC tallied two unanswered, capitalizing on a Hall kill and Coastal error, to tie it up at 22-22. Kills by Katie Martin and Nagy ended the PC rally as the Chanticleers took the final three of four points to take the 25-23 first set win.
Coastal Carolina took an early 9-3 lead, before the Blue Hose rallied with two straight Tripp kills to cut the lead to four, 9-5. That would be as close as PC would get as the Chanticleers used a 12-5 run to extend the lead to 11 at 21-10. PC would add two more points, including a kill from Hall, but it would be CCU that would come out on top of the second set, 25-12.
A close third set early, PC and Coastal were tied at 4-4 off a Hall kill. The Chanticleers responded with four straight to take an 8-4 lead. Hall ended the drought with a kill to make it 8-5, but it was Coastal again with three unanswered, capped by back to back kills from Hardeman, to build an 11-5 lead.
Tripp’s kill made it 11-6, before the Chanticleers responded with another Hardeman kill, her seventh of the night, a PC attack error and Skyrd kill, to make it 14-6. Two straight block assists from Frank and Berryman, as well as a kill from Frank game the Blue Hose four straight to cut the Chanticleer lead to four,14-10.
Hardeman added two more kills as Coastal Carolina extended the lead back to six, 17-11, before PC tallied three straight to cut the margin to three, 17-14. PC kept chipping away, cutting it to one on several occasions, including at 18-17 off a Hall kill.
Trailing 20-19, off a Stewart kill, PC tied it at 20-20 off a CCU error. Elshoff collected her fifth and sixth kill of the set to give the Blue Hose their first lead since early in the third set, 22-20. A Hardeman kill cut the margin to one, 22-21, before a Coastal ball handling error made it 23-21. The Chanticleers came back with blocks by Annayka Legros and Bernett to tie the set at 23-23.
A PC attack error gave Coastal Carolina set and match point, but Elshoff's kill tied the set at 24-24. Hardeman answered with her 11th kill of the night to give Coastal match point again at 25-24. Bernett closed it out with a kill of her own as CCU took the third set and match point.