Coastal Georgia finished up its home regular season on a high after sweeping Webber University 3-0 on Wednesday night.
The Mariners handled the Warriors 25-18, 25-12, and 25-16.
Coastal Georgia collected 11 service aces on Wednesday night, along with five blocks. Webber tallied only four aces and didn’t have any blocks on the match.
Leading the way for Coastal was Adair Werley with nine kills and 21 attacks. She also scored 10 points against the Warriors.
Addie Pedraza had seven kills and 26 attacks. Defensively, Ashley Kot led the team with 16 assists and edged out dig queen Yorelis Rios Gonzalez by two. Kot recorded 16 digs, and Rios Gonzalez had 14. Of the five blocks the Mariners had, Tamaira Laezza had four of them.
Coastal Georgia started the first match getting out to an 8-1 lead, but that wouldn’t last long. Webber scored four before coughing it up to the Mariners. Then the Warriors went on a five-point run to tie it at 9-9.
The Mariners called a timeout to regroup, and they did just that. Webber hung in there, but Coastal handled the first set and never let it get too close for comfort.
In the second set, Coastal had no mercy for the Warriors. It was such a dominance performance by the Mariners. However, the Warriors gave the Mariners everything they had.
During all three sets, there were periods where both teams would make incredible saves and have long volleys.
It didn’t take long for Hannah Williams to figure out what the Warriors were trying to do, as she gave the Mariners a lot of momentum after back to back tips at the net catching Webber off guard both times.
Set two allowed the Mariners to capitalize on Webber’s mistakes and scored big chunks of points at a time.
However, it was Coastal Georgia’s resilience that helped the Mariners prevail. While they might have missed some points here and there, every single time that ball came over the net, it was laser focus and excellent communication.
Like the last play of the set, when the first hit for Coastal knocked the ball toward the sideline, and the player saved it and allowed the hitter to get a good shot. The ball bounced off the Warriors defender and scored the winning point.
The final set between these two was a tough one as it was tied nine different times and had four different lead changes. It went back and forth until it knotted at 10. It continued to stay close as Coastal or Webber would commit a mistake and give the ball back to the other.
When it was 13-13, the Mariners went on a rampage. Coastal miraculously saved a ball and hit it back, catching Webber entirely off guard as the players watched the ball come by them.
Gardieliz Laureano-Andujar was up to serve for the Mariners, and her first serve was short but forced a Webber mistake. Coastal and Webber then went on yet another long volley resulting in an impressive save initially set up by Jane Townsend, giving the Mariners an 18-13 lead.
Webber got the ball back and scored one point before coughing it back up. Coastal hit back to back aces to make it 22-14 and clinch the victory and yet another sweep.
Up next for the Mariners is their final regular-season match against Johnson & Wales University on Saturday with the first set to begin at 2 p.m. At the press, Coastal is in a three-way tie in the Sun Conference standings at 11-4 with Southeastern and Florida Memorial.
Keiser sits at the top of the standings with a 12-3 conference record.