ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Kayla Klinger led the way for Charleston Southern with 14 digs as the Lady Bucs fell to host UNC Asheville in the Justice Center on Friday evening in four sets, 25-20, 25-14, 13-25, 25-19.
CSU (9-16, 3-5 BSC) hit .182 on the evening led by Klinger's 14 kills and the junior outside hitter completed the double-double with 12 digs to pace the Lady Bucs on the evening, while Holly Shelton, Anna Moore and Christine Lakatos recorded 12 kills apiece for the Bulldogs (7-16, 3-4 BSC) in the victory.
Moore led the home team with six kills in the opening frame as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 13-7 lead in the set. Charleston Southern battled back behind back-to-back aces by Kirsten Struksnes and a pair of kills by Klinger as CSU rallied to cut the lead down to three at 21-18. However, Asheville closed out the set win on kills by Shelton and Chelsie Kenley to take the early 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs jumped out early in the second set building an 18-9 lead and Asheville went up double-digits at 24-12 before closing out the set on a CSU service error to head into the break with the 2-0 lead. Erin LaVenice lead the Lady Bucs with three kills and a solo block in the frame to pace the CSU offensive efforts.
Charleston Southern jumped out of the gates in the third set, using a 16-5 run sparked by a kill by LaVenice and capped by four kills by Klinger as the Lady Bucs built a 17-8 lead in the frame following a service ace by Siraya Windsor. CSU added six blocks in the set as Windsor put the Lady Bucs at set point with a kill before teaming up with LaVenice for the final block to take the third set 25-13.
In the fourth set, Lakatos was the catalyst for the Bulldogs as she had six kills as Asheville built a 16-8 lead. CSU battled back in the match behind Klinger and LaVenice while a kill by Meredith Parrott put the match within two at 20-18. Moore and Shelton pushed the margin to 24-18 and Shelton provided the final kill to close out the match in favor of the home team.
Parrott added eight kills, hitting .471 from the floor in the match, while Struknes led the team with 33 set assist and nine digs. Ashley Higgenbothem led the team's defensive efforts with 14 digs, while LaVenice and Wynter Davis combined for 10 blocks at the net in the loss.
Charleston Southern continues Big South Conference play on the road as the Lady Bucs travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. to take on Gardner-Webb on Saturday, October 20th. First serve between CSU and the Runnin' Bulldogs is set for 2 p.m.