JAGS DEFEAT CCU TO EXTEND WIN STREAK TO 7

Box Score

MOBILE, Ala. – The University of South Alabama volleyball team defeated Coastal Carolina in four sets (25-18, 25-18, 16-25, 25-15) Sunday in a Sun Belt Conference East Division match at Jaguar Gym.

South Alabama (19-6, 12-1 SBC) extended its win streak to seven matches, and also extended its home win streak to 12 games. It also marked the program’s first win over Coastal Carolina at Jaguar Gym, and gave the Jaguars a 2 1/2 game lead over the Chanticleers in the SBC East Division standings.

GAME FACTS
Set 1
– Coastal Carolina opened the match with a service ace before a 5-0 Jaguar run that featured a pair of kills by Hannah Maddux and block-assists by Niki Capizzi and Maddux and Capizzi and Maddie Soboleski gave the Jags a 5-1 lead. 
– CCU tied the score 8-8 on a kill by Madison Lowery and Jaguar attack error, and took a 9-8 lead on a second consecutive USA attack error.
– A Chanticleer service error followed by a service ace by Madisen Werdell gave the Jags a 12-10 advantage.
– USA took a 21-16 lead with a 4-0 run that featured consecutive kills by Kennedy Wallace.
– South Alabama earned set point at 24-18 on a kill by Maddux, and clinched the set 25-18 on a CCU attack error to take a 1-0 lead in the match. 

Set 2
– The Jaguars used a 3-0 run, highlighted by a service ace and kill by Capizzi, to take an 8-5 lead.
– CCU tied the score 13-13 after consecutive kills by Doris Carter.
– South Alabama responded with a 4-0 run on four straight kills by Carissa Bradford to take a 17-13 lead.
– A 3-0 Jaguar run that included two kills by Wallace gave USA a 20-14 advantage.
– USA took a 23-16 lead on a service ace by Rachel Hickey, and earned set point at 24-16 on a second consecutive ace by Hickey. The Jaguars clinched the set 25-18 on a kill by Maddux to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Set 3
– CCU opened the set with a 5-0 scoring run for a 5-0 advantage.
– USA cut the Chanticleer lead to 11-6 on back-to-back kills by Bradford and Wallace.
– The Jags used a 3-0 run, highlighted by a pair of kills by Maddux and block-assist from Soboleski and Wallace, to cut the CCU lead to 12-9.
– The Chanticleers pushed their lead to 17-10 with a 3-0 scoring run.
– Coastal earned set point at 24-16 on a kill by Cheyenne Jones, and clinched the set 25-16 on a kill by Carter to cut the Jag lead to 2-1.

Set 4
– USA went on a 4-0 run, highlighted by consecutive service aces by Hickey, to take a 6-1 lead.
– The Jags doubled their lead at 8-4 following a Chanticleer service error.
– South Alabama used a 3-0 run that featured a block-assist by Maddux and Wallace, and a kill by Maddux to double its lead to 14-7.
– The Jags extended their lead to 18-8 with a 4-0 run which included a kill by Capizzi, block-assist from Soboleski and Capizzi and a service ace by Hickey. 
– CCU used a 5-0 run to cut the Jaguar lead to 18-13.
– South Alabama went on a 5-0 run, highlighted by three consecutive kills from Soboleski, to take a 23-13 lead.
– USA earned match point at 24-14 on a kill by Capizzi, and clinched the set 25-15 on a kill by Capizzi for a 3-1 win.

NOTES
– South Alabama recorded a season-high .394 hitting percentage, which ranks eighth all-time in the team single-game record list in the rally era. It is also the highest hitting percentage by a Jaguar team since USA hit .386 at Northwestern State on Sept. 6, 2019. 
– The win marked the first in program history over CCU at Jaguar Gym, and snapped a 12-game losing skid to the Chanticleers. It also marked the first win over Coastal since Sept. 16, 2000, in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
– South Alabama tied the 2017 Jaguar team for the most Sun Belt Conference wins (12) in program history. 
– USA earned its 19th win of the season, which marks the second-most by a Jaguar squad in the rally era (2001-present) behind the 2019 squad’s 20 victories.
– The Jags finished with 64 digs in four sets for an average of 16.00 digs per set, led by Hickey’s game-high 22.
– Keeble recorded her team-best 16th double-double of the season with 43 assists and 11 digs, and also added one kill.
– Hickey finished with a career-high five service aces, along with a game-high 22 digs and 18 serve receptions.
– Bradford recorded a game-high 15 kills and added one dig.
– Maddux finished with 14 kills, .312 hitting percentage, five digs, four block-assists and a game-high 16 points.
– Soboleski posted 11 kills, .304 hitting percentage, one assist, two digs and four block-assists.
– Capizzi added eight kills on 12 attempts, with a career-high .583 hitting percentage, one assist, one service ace, two digs and four block-assists.
– The Jags recorded a .344 team hitting percentage in set one, followed by a .406 percentage in set two.

QUOTES
Head Coach Jesse Ortiz

– On the win:
“The girls were super poised, and they wanted this. Ever since we played up there, where they quite honestly took it to us, we circled this one on the calendar. We knew we had to get better, and said we had to level up; we did tonight and it was great.”

– On the crowd:
“They really help us out a ton. The energy in the gym is contagious and it fuels our team, so we really appreciate every single one of them.”

– On the remaining schedule:
“We’re on to Troy next Saturday. They are a great team, and they took it to this team (Coastal Carolina) too. There are no easy days in our conference right now, so we’re just going to work on trying to be good for Troy. We just want to be the best Jag team that we can be versus them.”

Outside Hitter Maddie Soboleski
– On the win:
“We’ve been looking forward to this game all year, and definitely for revenge. Jesse (Ortiz) and the coaches prepped us really well. Volleyball comes down to serve receive, and we handled their serve receive much better than we did last time. And Kailey Keeble just distributed the ball really well.”

– On the team’s chemistry:
“It’s a new team, so I had no idea what to expect this year. It has just been great and I think Jesse has a lot to do with it. The kindness on the team and just everyone’s work ethic – you just want to get after it every day in practice. It’s just been great.”

– On the remaining schedule:
“There is a lot of work to be done. We just want to get better for the conference tournament. We haven’t even peaked yet, and that’s what is so exciting. We’re pumped, and I am very thankful; it’s not easy to be 12-1 (in conference play) so it’s pretty awesome.”

UP NEXT
South Alabama will return to action Sat., Nov. 6, when it hosts Troy in a Sun Belt Conference East Division match a 6 p.m. at Jaguar Gym.

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