Brunswick, Ga. – The College of Coastal Georgia women's volleyball team claimed its first-ever victory in the Sun Conference Wednesday night, knocking of Warner University 3-2 at Howard Coffin Gym in a match that went the distance after a come-from-behind bid by the visiting Royals.
The contest was also the home opener for the Mariners who had two regularly-scheduled home matches postponed by Hurricane Irma earlier this month.
One of those was the original home opener set for Sept. 13 against the Royals who extended Wednesday's match to five sets after dropping the first two games.
Coastal Georgia (2-7 overall, 1-1 conference) took the opening two frames 25-15 and 25-22 to grab a 2-0 match lead going into the intermission break.
The Royals (3-6, 1-2) would proceed to take the next two stanzas by 25-11 and 25-19 to force the game into a decisive fifth set. The final frame was close early before the Mariners opened up a late four-point cushion and proceeded to take the set 15-11 to survive the challenge posted by the visitors.
For the match, Coastal Georgia finished with 48 kills and 30 errors in 142 swings, managing the victory while hitting .127 for the night.
Warner had 39 kills against 28 errors in 141 attacks while hitting .078 for the game.
For Coastal Georgia, Ehize Omoghibo and Kyra White paced the offense with double-digit kill totals. Omoghibo, the team's leading attacker coming into the contest, finished with 16 kills in 41 attempts while White registered 14 kills in 29 attempts and wound up hitting .345 for the game.
Omoghibo also recorded 10 digs for a double-double while also accounting for two solo blocks and four block assists before leaving the game early in the fifth set due to an injury.
Ashley Kot recorded 35 assists for Coastal Georgia and also finished with 11 digs to notch a double-double.
Coastal Georgia totaled 11 service aces in the win. Alexis Downey had four and White contributed three.
The Mariners and Royals will meet again early next month in Lake Wales for their second league matchup.
Coastal Georgia will remain at home Saturday to face Johnson & Wales and Florida Memorial in a tri-match. The Mariners will take on Johnson & Wales at noon and will meet Florida Memorial at 4. The visiting schools will square off in the middle match set for 2 p.m.
Wednesday's match also served as Faculty and Staff Night. Several members of the faculty and staff were invited by the Mariners to participate in a ceremonial first serve to signal the start of the home schedule.