CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cal State-Bakersfield spoiled the Charleston Southern head coaching debut of Christy Mooberry as the Buccaneers fell in their season opener at the Wildcat Classic in straight sets, 25-13, 25-15, 25-16.
Katrina Houston led the way for the Buccaneers on the afternoon with seven kills and added six digs, while Meredith Parrott and Erin LaVenice had six kills apiece as Charleston Southern fell inside Belk Arena in their first of three matches scheduled for the weekend.
Cassidy Greer recorded the double-double for Charleston Southern on the season, finishing with 20 assists and 10 digs, while Maggie Murphy added 10 digs to pace the Bucs backline. Greer and LaVenice added three blocks apiece on the night as well.
The Buccaneers fall to 0-1 on the season, while Cal State-Bakersfield improves to 1-0 on the year.
Parrott opened the CSU season with the first two kills of the year, but the Roadrunners used a 5-0 run sparked by a pair of Lisa Bartsch service aces to take an 8-4 lead and CSUB held on for the lead in recording the opening set win of the match. Cal State-Bakersfield finished off the opening frame with an 8-2 run capped by a trio of kills to pick up the 25-13 set win.
The second set saw the teams battle to a tie through the first 10 points as Houston had an ace and Kayla Klinger recorded a kill to put the score 5-5. The Roadrunners use a 6-0 run in building a 10-5 lead and built a 24-12 lead following a pair of kills by Debora Araujo. The Buccaneers scored three consecutive points to put off the set point as LaVenice and Cassidy Greer combined on a block and LaVenice put home the kill, but Danika Youngblood finished the set with a kill to close out the 25-15 win.
The final set saw Charleston Southern jump ahead out of the gates, going up 7-3 behind a pair of kills by Houston and a service ace by Klinger. The Roadrunners battled back to even the score at 8-8, and after the teams swapped points, went on an 11-4 run to take command at 19-13 following a Sara Little kill. The Bucs put in three final points as Houston and Parrott both put the ball away, but a 4-0 run by CSUB ended the match in favor of the Roadrunners.
Charleston Southern remains at the Wildcat Classic on Saturday morning, taking on Charlotte with first serve scheduled for 10 a.m.