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Fall sports kick off for Chants

Taking a look into the future with volleyball, soccer, golf and more
Graphic by Brooke Bromberg

The 2023 fall sports season has officially begun with Coastal Carolina University teams competing on 22 out of the 30 days in September. 


Women’s volleyball has started their season with a record of 2-4. Sun Belt Conference play opens Sept. 22 at Georgia State University where they will play games on back-to-back days on Friday and Saturday. Then, they will return home for their first home Sun Belt stint against Appalachian State University on Sept. 29 and 30. 


Men’s soccer is 2-1 so far, and opens Sun Belt play on Sept. 15 at Georgia Southern University. They will play their first home conference game against James Madison University on Sept. 23. 


Women’s soccer is currently 2-3 and will also begin Sun Belt play on Sept. 15, at home against Old Dominion University. Senior midfielder Ella Schad said she is optimistic about this upcoming season. 


“We have been improving every game and we’ve played some pretty good teams which I really think is going to help us prepare for conference games,” she said. “I definitely believe we are going to finish in the top half of the conference, ideally in the top three.” 


The men’s tennis team will play in the Spartan Fall Invitational in Greensboro, North Carolina Sept. 15-17 before playing in CCU’s Battle at the Beach Sept. 22-24. 


Women’s tennis will play in the CSU Invitational Sept. 22 and 23 and the Lynn Stevens Memorial Invitational at home Sept. 29 and 30.  


Junior tennis player Anna Babayan said she has seen a promising start from her new group of teammates so far.  


“I’ve been pretty impressed with the freshmen so far, they seem to be really dialed in,” she said. “We just got five new players so we’re pretty much a whole new team with different age ranges. We got two new freshmen and also two new graduate students and we all each have different personalities but somehow we still get along really well.” 


The football team will play three consecutive games at home, the first against Jacksonville State University on Sept. 9 The following home games are against Duquesne University on Sept. 16, and will open Sun Belt play on Sept. 21 versus Georgia State University. These three games serve as new football head coach Tim Beck’s welcome tour after the team’s three consecutive historical seasons under former head coach Jamey Chadwell.  


The track and field and cross country teams will compete in the Adidas XC challenge in Cary, North Carolina on Sept. 15, and the Chanticleer Challenge at home Sept. 29.  


Women’s golf will play Sept. 22-24 at the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, South Carolina. Men’s golf will travel to compete in the Golfweek Challenge in Pawleys Island Sept. 10-12. 

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