Coastal tops CSU in three sets on Friday

Coastal tops CSU in three sets on Friday
Box score

CONWAY, S.C. - Coastal Carolina overcame another double-digit kill performance by Charleston Southern's Meredith Parrott as the Chanticleers recorded a three-set sweep over the visiting Lady Bucs to split the season series following their 25-17, 25-20, 25-18 victory.

Meredith Parrott had 10 kills for Charleston Southern (12-19, 4-8), her second double-digit kill performance against the Chants on the season after recording 14 kills and eight blocks in their previous matchup, as the Lady Bucs hit .126 from the floor in the match in the loss. Meghan Laffin led all players with 16 kills as Coastal hit .339 as a team in the three set victory.

Monica Hall and Gabrielle Horvath opened the match with back-to-back kills as Coastal struck first in the opening set, while an ace by CSU's Kirsten Struksnes kept the match close as the Chants went up 9-8 in the frame. A kill by Lauren Alejo sparked a 10-5 run in favor of the home team and Laffin added two kills during the stretch as Coastal went up 21-14 following a block by Hall and Kindra Bailey.

Charleston Southern battled back behind a pair of Parrott kills as the Lady Bucs cut the lead down to 22-17 but Eszter Nagy and Horvath closed out the final three points of the set with points to put Coastal up 1-0.

Coastal Carolina came out swinging in the second set with an 8-2 run to open the frame with Nagy providing two of her 10 kills on the night in the early going. Down 13-6, the Lady Bucs rallied with a 6-1 run sparked by Struksnes' serve as Parrott combined on a pair of blocks with Erin LaVenice and Siraya Windsor, while LaVenice added a kill during the stretch as CSU pulled within one at 14-13.

Kills by Bailey and Horvath stretched the Coastal lead out to four at 18-14 as the Chants gradually stretched their advantage back to five points at 23-18 following a CSU attack error. Parrott and Windsor kept the set alive with kills, but Bailey closed out the frame and gave Coastal the 2-0 advantage heading into the break.

Coming out of the break the teams battled through the most contested set of the night as CSU and Coastal had eight ties and three lead changes in the third frame.

With the score tied at 9-all following a block by LaVenice and Windsor, Coastal went on a 7-2 run capped by a pair of kills by Laffin to build a 16-11 lead. CSU attempted to mount a comeback behind kills by Wynter Davis, LaVenice, Windsor and Sydney Tracy, but Coastal's lead held constant as the Chanticleers closed out the sweep with Nagy's final kill to finish the match.

Struksnes recorded a double-double on the evening for the Lady Bucs, setting up the attack with 18 set assists and added a team-high 12 digs in the loss. Ashley Higginbothem contributed nine digs of her own on the defensive side for CSU, while LaVenice and Parrott had three blocks apiece.

Bailey added 11 kills for Coastal Carolina, joining Nagy and Laffin in double-digits in kills, while Alejo recorded a match-high 44 set assists in the win. Jenna Orner and Jamie DiMaggio were in double-digits in digs with 14 and 11 apiece, while Bailey led the Chants defensive efforts at the net with three blocks.

Charleston Southern closes out the 2012 regular season next weekend as the Lady Bucs welcome High Point and Campbell to the Buccaneer Field House on November 9th and 10th. First serve for CSU against High Point on Friday evening is set for 7 p.m., while Charleston Southern will take on the Fighting Camels of Campbell on Saturday for Senior Day at 7 p.m.

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