CONWAY, S.C. - Coastal Carolina beach volleyball received votes in the 2021 AVCA Collegiate Beach Volleyball preseason poll, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.
Last season, the Chanticleers were off to a 10-2 start to the 2020 spring season before the coronavirus pandemic abruptly canceled the season in mid-March.
The Chants went 4-0 to win the UAB Tournament in late February and then went 3-1 at the CofC Beach Bash with the program’s first-ever win over the College of Charleston Cougars.
Coastal head coach Steve Loeswick returns eight Chants from last year’s team, including Irena Drobnjak who led the team with an 11-1 record last season. Also returning this season are Lucy Campbell, Martine Kragholm, and Sarlota Svobodova who all registered 10 wins each a year ago.
Other returners include senior Kalin Eske, by far the most experienced Chant on the roster, sophomore Ashton Dunnigan, as well as second-year players Carli Ginther and Madison Allred who each played in nine matches or more as freshmen last year.