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Volleyball on the Road at Coastal Carolina This Weekend

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Old Dominion (9-11, 1-5 Sun Belt) at Coastal Carolina (11-7, 6-0 Sun Belt)
Match Info – Friday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.
                         Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.
Location – HTC Center (Conway, S.C.)
Watch – ESPN+ (Friday | Saturday)
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NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion volleyball is headed south down I-95 for a Sun Belt series at Coastal Carolina this weekend. The two teams will start off with a 6 p.m. match on Friday, then return to The HTC Center for a 1 p.m. start on Saturday.

Fans can watch both matches on ESPN+ and live stats will also be available. Admission to both matches is free and Coastal Carolina's clear bag policy can be found here.

Series History
The all-time series is tied at 1-1 after the teams split their matches in Norfolk last season. ODU won the first meeting between the two programs, 3-1 on Oct. 14, 2022 as Teresa Atilano eclipsed 2,000 career assists. After the Monarchs won the first set 25-12 and the visitors answered with a 25-15 decision in Set Two, ODU edged the Chants 25-19 and 25-22 to earn the win. Myah Conway paced the attack with 17 kills, Atilano tallied 43 assists, Bailey Burgess made a team-high seven blocks and Anna Burkhardt finished with 20 digs.

CCU then split the series with a 3-1 victory on Oct. 15. Conway scored 16 kills while hitting for a .324 clip. ODU came up short 25-16 and 25-20 in the first two sets, but led the third set from start to finish for a 25-16 tally. The Chants then closed out the match with a 25-21 final in Set Four. Atilano turned in a 37-assist effort and Burkhardt served two aces with 13 digs and seven assists. Burgess recorded five blocks and Tessa Mati followed with three blocks.

About ODU
The Monarchs (9-11, 1-5 Sun Belt) hosted James Madison last weekend, dropping both matches to the Dukes in straight sets. Atilano turned in a 26-assist, 11-dig double-double to lead ODU on Friday. On Saturday, Conway scored 13 kills with three aces and eight digs, Ashlynn Belcher turned in a career-high 26 assists, and Kate Kilpatrick ended up with 17 digs.

As of Oct. 11, Conway leads the Sun Belt and ranks 15th nationally in both points (320) and total kills (280). Atilano, who did not play in the second match against JMU, currently ranks second in the league and 19th in the country with 691 assists this season. She's also second in the conference and 32nd nationally with 31 service aces. Alice Munari follows Conway with 187.5 points and 155 kills and has served 22 aces, while Bryanna Jones enters this weekend with 122 kills. Kilpatrick's leads ODU's back row with 234 digs. At the net, Burgess and Conway have recorded 75 and 62 blocks, respectively.

ODU's 177 blocks are first in the Sun Belt and 14th in the nation. The Monarchs are third in the conference with 855 assists and are also fourth in team kills (916) and team service aces (115). The latest RPI ranking has the team listed 156th­­.

About Coastal Carolina
The Chanticleers (11-7, 6-0) have posted sweeps of Georgia State, App State and Georgia Southern to open conference play and are listed at the No. 99 spot in the RPI ranking.

Coastal Carolina's attack is paced by Jasmine Rivest (264 kills) and Jalyn Stout (186 kills). Cagla Bengi and Stout have split time at the setter position, with Bengi up to 495 assists and Stout next with 212. Rivest is the Chants' best server at 27 aces, followed by Dilara Unal and Lauren Malone with 15 aces each. On defense, Sydney Lewis owns 234 digs and Unal and Valentina Varani have combined for 125 blocks. Rivest is the league leader in kills per set (4.55) and points per set (5.29). Stout is second in the country with five triple doubles so far.

As a team, the Chanticleers rank third in the Sun Belt with 917 kills and 117 aces. CCU was picked to finish third in the East Division in the Sun Belt's Preseason Coaches' Poll. Interim head coach Steve Loeswick, who also coaches Coastal's beach volleyball team, took over the program in September after former head coach Jozsef Forman stepped down for family reasons.

Up Next
The Monarchs will be back at the ODU Volleyball Center next Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19-20, for a Sun Belt series versus Louisiana.