SAN MARCOS, TX – For the first time this season, and the first time since 2019, the Coastal Carolina volleyball team (14-5, 8-1 SBC) suffered a regular season loss to the Sun Belt Conference, falling to the Texas, leader of the Sun Belt West division. State (11-11, 7-2 SBC) in straight sets at 3-0 (22-25, 12-25, 19-25) Friday night in San Marcos, Texas.
The loss ends CCU’s eight-game winning streak and 28-game regular-season winning streak. Prior to Friday night, the Chanticleers’ last loss in a regular season conference game was against Troy on Nov. 2, 2019.
outside hitter CheyenneJones again led the Chanticleers offensive attack on Friday night, as the transfer graduates had a team-high eight kills with a .211 hit percentage. Upper class colleagues Ani Bozdeva and Jelena Prolic finished with six kills apiece, as Bozdeva hit a .333 in straight sets and Prolic added a block in the loss.
Playing a 5-1 system due to no setter Marija Borcic due to illness, junior setter Brigitta Petrenko tallied 25 assists to go along with his five kills, six digs and two service aces, while defensively libero Lina Perugini recorded a game of 14 digs and a central blocker Madison Bassey paved the way for CCU with two blocks in total.
The Bobcats had two players with double-digit wins on the night in Tessa Marshall and Jada Gardner with 11 and 10 points, respectively, as the home team hit .295 as a team for the three-set game.
Setter Emily DeWalt set up the offense with 31 assists, while Kayla Granado and Janell Gardner finished with double-digit digs with 11 and 10, respectively.
The first set proved to be the tightest of the three, as it saw six draws and three lead changes to start the night.
Coastal scored first on a Petrenko kill, then took a 5-4 lead on a 3-0 run, which included a Jones kill, a service ace Lowery and a tip from Ilse Sinnige. However, the Bobcats’ back-to-back points forced another lead change as neither team could separate from the other, putting the score at 12-11 in favor of the home team.
The next eight rallies would see Texas State score two runs at each of the Chants, as back-to-back wins by Bobcats’ Tyeranne Scott and Gardner forced a CCU timeout with the score at 18-13.
A 4-0 push by the Chants out of timeout, which consisted of two kills from Petrenko, a spike from Sinnige and an offensive error from Texas State, cut the Bobcats lead to one in 18-17.
Coastal would close one at 20-19 on a Bobcats service error and 21-20 on a Lowery kill, but failed to regain the lead as Texas State held on to take the first set 25-22.
The second set started much like the first, as the game saw two lead changes and four draws until a 6-1 run by the home side propelled the Bobcats ahead at 10-5 on a serve ace from Ryann Torres.
Following a service error to put the Chants within four at 10-6, the Bobcats capitalized on back-to-back offensive errors from CCU, then chained five straight points on four straight kills and a Marshall block to secure a win. run out to an 18 -6 lead.
Refusing to quit, CCU killed Lowery to end the Bobcats’ run, but could only pick up five more points for the rest of the set as Texas State ran away with the 25-12 victory in the second. set.
Coastal hit .351 in the first set as a team but struggled to attack in the second set with -.067 and couldn’t find their offensive rhythm in the frame.
Looking to bounce back and force a fourth set, the Chanticleers took a 4-0 lead in the third set on a service error from Texas State, a kill from Jones and two straight service aces from Petrenko.
A kill from Bozdeva and an offensive error from Texas State kept the Chants ahead by two at 6-4 before back-to-back comebacks from Buettner and Gardner tied the third frame at 6-6.
One block per Nyla Berger and Petrenko, a kill from Bozdeva, a spike from Lowery and an offensive error from Bobcat answered every Texas State point to put the visitors ahead by two at 12-10 midway through the third set.
Texas State tied the set up at 12-12 and again at 13-13, only to see the Chants have an answer each time with a kill from Jasmine Rivest and back-to-back spikes from Jones and Bozdeva to push the CCU lead to two at 15-13.
However, a 7-0 run from the Bobcats highlighted by three kills from Gardner and aided by two offensive errors from the Chants allowed the home side to take their first lead of the set and retire by five to 20-15.
Coastal would win three of the next four points to come within three at 21-18, but it was too little too late as the Bobcats closed the set on a 4-1 run to claim the 25-19 victory and complete the match victory 3-0.
For the game, the Chanticleers hit .113 as a team but were defeated by a total of 22 offensive errors, while the Bobcats hit. 295 in total and only 12 attack errors in total.
Texas State also held the lead at 5-3 in service ace as CCU had six service errors and 5.0-3.0 in total team blocks at net.
The Chanticleers will continue their four-game Sun Belt Conference road trip tomorrow, as CCU turn around to face UT Arlington on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
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