College of Coastal Georgia’s volleyball program took another step forward Wednesday after winning its first game in pool play at the NAIA national tournament. The Mariners couldn’t add to their historic trip Thursday with a 3-0 loss to No. 24 Montana Tech, eliminating Coastal from the tournament.

Playing in Sioux City, Iowa, the Orediggers defeated the Mariners 25-17, 25-19 and 27-25. Rachel Amundson led the Mariners with 10 of the team’s 33 kills while Ehize Omoghibo added nine.

Cayley Meiners earned 27 assists setting up Coastal’s hitters. Alyssa Keeve led the Coastal defense with 18 digs.

The Mariners finish the season with a 30-10 record and went 1-2 in pool play. Montana Tech and Eastern Oregon, who defeated Coastal on Tuesday, advanced out of pool play.

Coastal’s win came Wednesday against Georgetown (Ky.).

BASKETBALL

College of Coastal Georgia’s basketball teams split their first Southern States Athletic Conference doubleheader of the season Thursday at Howard Coffin Gym. The Coastal women defeated Mobile 69-54 while the Mariner men lost 67-45 to the Mobile men.

In the women’s game, Coastal’s defense clamped down on Mobile in the first half while building a 37-22 lead. Mobile cut the lead to 48-41 going into the fourth quarter, but the Mariners (3-5 overall, 1-0 SSAC) outscored the Rams 21-13 in the final frame

Three Mariners scored in double figures, led by Ashanti Groover’s 17 points. Ashlee Francis added a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and A’Chanti Layfield scored 14 points off the bench.

In the men’s game, Coastal (2-6, 0-1) was tied with Mobile at 26 after one half, but the Rams ran off a 41-19 second-half advantage to cruise to a victory. Brandon Martin led the Mariners with 18 points.