JAG VOLLEYBALL SUFFERS FIRST SBC LOSS OF SEASON AT CCU

Box Score

CONWAY, S.C. – The University of South Alabama volleyball team fell to Coastal Carolina in four sets (25-23, 18-25, 16-25, 15-25) Sunday in a Sun Belt Conference East Division match at The HTC Center.

The loss snapped a five-game Jaguar win streak, which also marked the first loss in league play this season. South Alabama (12-6, 5-1 SBC) won the opening set to take a 1-0 lead in the match before Coastal Carolina (12-4, 6-0 SBC) rallied to win three straight sets for the victory. 

GAME FACTS
Set 1
– Coastal Carolina tied the score 7-7 with a block before South Alabama went on a 4-0 scoring run, which featured a pair of kills by Maddie Soboleski, to take an 11-7 lead. 
– A Jaguar service error cut the CCU deficit to 12-9, but USA used a 3-0 run that included a service ace by Paige Lynn to take a 15-9 lead.
– A kill by Kennedy Wallace pushed the Jaguar advantage to 23-17 before a 5-0 Chanticleer run cut the South Alabama lead to 23-22.
– USA earned set point at 24-22 on a kill by Soboleski, and clinched the set 25-23 on a CCU service error to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

Set 2
– A Jaguar attack error gave CCU an 11-8 lead, but USA responded with a 3-0 run, which included a solo block by Capizzi and kill by Soboleski, to tie the score 11-11. But CCU answered 5-0 run that was aided by a pair of Jaguar attack errors to take a 16-11 lead.
– A 3-0 South Alabama run, highlighted by a kill from Bradford and block-assist by Wallace and Hannah Maddux, cut the Chanticleer lead to 19-16.
– CCU answered with a 3-0 run for a 22-16 advantage, and later earned set point at 24-18 on a kill by Cheyenne Jones. The Chanticleers clinched the set 25-18 with a block to tie the match at one set apiece.

Set 3
– CCU opened the set with a 4-0 run that was aided by a pair of Jaguar attack errors.
– A kill by Niki Capizzi cut the Chanticleer lead in half at 6-3, but CCU went on a 4-0 run for a 10-3 advantage.
– A 3-0 Jaguar run that featured a kill and solo block by Wallace cut the Coastal lead to 14-9, but the Chanticleers went on a 4-0 run to build an 18-9 lead.
– Coastal Carolina earned set point at 24-14 on a kill by Jelena Prolic, and clinched the set 25-16 on a kill by Ilse Sinnige to take a 2-1 lead in the match.  

Set 4
– USA cut the CCU lead to 6-5 with a kill by Capizzi. The Chanticleers then went on an 8-0 scoring run to build a 14-5 lead. 
– A kill by Wallace, and block-assists by Soboleski and Capizzi and Maddux and Capizzi accounted for a 3-0 Jaguar run that cut the Chanticleer lead to 18-12.
– Coastal closed the set with a 4-0 run, earning set point at 24-15 on a Jaguar attack error and clinching the set 25-15 on a service ace by Doris Carter to clinch the match 3-1.

NOTES
– Keeble recorded her team-best 12th double-double of the season, finishing with 30 assists and 15 digs along with one service ace.
– Soboleski finished one dig shy of a double-double with 11 kills and nine digs, in addition to one assist and two blocks.
– Bradford tied Soboleski with a team-high 11 kills.
– Rachel Hickey finished with a game-high 16 digs, and also added four assists.
– Capizzi and Wallace finished with six kills, one dig and four blocks apiece.
– Coastal Carolina finished with 16 total team blocks, while the Jaguars recorded nine team blocks. 
– CCU posted a .260 team hitting percentage, while USA finished with a .055 hitting percentage.
– CCU extended its win streak over South Alabama to 12 games with the victory.
– The loss snapped a five-game Jaguar win streak, and marked the first loss in Sun Belt Conference play this season.

QUOTES
Head Coach Jesse Ortiz

– On the loss:
“I thought we were ready to compete and really looking forward to it, both yesterday and today. A lot of props to Coastal; I thought they played extremely well. Their lefts were great and that’s one of the reasons why they’ve been successful throughout the conference. They were at home and feeling good and we’re both good teams, but they definitely flexed on us and got us today. I think games like this, when you’re not being able to handle serve receive as well – they were getting after it on that part. It comes down to us as coaches doing a better job for our group, and I think I have to really prepare them better. That’s more on me than it is on them. I thought we were prepped for what we were looking to do, but at the end of the day I have to do a better job with that.”

– On going 3-1 on a four-game road trip:
“I am pleased; three (wins) out of four is great, and we really handled those teams. Our aspirations are to just be the best team that we can be, and we feel like we left a little meat on the bone there but that is part of it. Competition is always tough and you want to win them all, and that is obviously what we want. But our standards are pretty high and we have aspirations of being great within ourselves, and I feel like we could have done a little better there.”

UP NEXT
South Alabama will return to action Fri., Oct. 15, when it hosts Georgia State at 6 p.m. at Jag Gym.  

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