Volleyball puts up their “dukes”: Small hiccup in record against James Madison University

The Coastal Carolina University’s volleyball team fell 3-1 in competition with the Dukes of James Madison University on Oct. 20 and 21. 


The team traveled with hopes to continue their win streak in the Sun Belt Conference. 


The Dukes gave the Chanticleers a wakeup call, winning the first set on Thursday night. Coastal managed to battle back and win the second set, but JMU remained strong. Their opponents won two more sets to end the night.  


CCU’s Nyla Shepherd led the team in blocks, responsible for five of eight blocks by the team. Coastal fell to JMU 3-1, collecting their second conference loss of the season.  


Coastal hoped to turn things around on the Friday matchup, following Thursday’s loss to JMU. The match did not fall their way, as the Dukes swept the Chanticleers 3-0. JMU held a steadfast offense throughout the match, consistently outscoring CCU by wide margins. Coastal’s Ella Saada led the team in kills, tallying 11 on the night.  


This performance saw Coastal fall to a record of 7-3 in conference play. Their record is still in good shape as they go into the teams goes into the rest of their season. 


The pair of losses is a small hiccup in what has been a very successful season for Coastal volleyball. Conference play continues for the Chanticleers as they face Marshall on Oct. 28.