CLINTON S.C. : The Lady Bucs finished their Big South Conference opening weekend with a loss to Presbyterian ( 25-13, 25-22, 25-22) in Clinton S.C. Sep. 24.
Amy Nokes led the way for CSU recording her second consecutive double-double (12 kills, 10 assists). Ashley Johnston had a team high eight digs while Wynter Davis led the Bucs with two blocks. Ashley Higginbothem recorded four digs ending her impressive streak of 11 games with 10+ digs. CSU had 29 kills pm 93 total attacks, 28 assists, 29 digs, and five total team blocks.
The Blue Hose were led by two players with 10+ kills; Presley Mabrey had 13 while Rachel Hall notched 11. Ashtin Frank had 40 assists to go with seven digs while Mary Trimpe led the way with 13 digs. Presbyterian recorded 48 kills, 46 assists, 43 digs, and seven total team blocks.
The first set saw both teams playing well early, as the match would tie 3-3. The Blue Hose would start to build a lead, eventually stretching it to ten before closing out CSU 25-13. Amy Nokes and Erin LaVenice both recorded three kills while Ashley Johnston had four digs.
CSU would jump on Presbyterian early, taking the 6-2 lead in the second set. Kills by Kayla Klinger and Ashley Johnston would give CSU the 10-4 advantage. Presbyterian would not go down without a fight eventually battling back to tie the set 20-20. The Blue Hose would put together a 7-0 run late to close out the Bucs 25-22. Kayla Klinger, Amy Nokes, and Erin LaVenice all had three kills.
The third set mirrored the second with CSU taking an early lead, 7-1. Again, Presbyterian would not quit and would tie the set at 10-10. Sydney Tracy would get CSU the lead back sending in a kill to make it 16-13. The teams would exchange late set points until the Blue House would close out CSU on a 4-0 run.
CSU (3-14, 0-2 BSC) will welcome High Point to the Buc Dome to
on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.