DAVIDSON, N.C. - Charleston Southern fell to host Davidson in the final match of the Wildcats Classic to open the weekend as the Buccaneers lost in three sets by scores of 25-14, 25-20, 25-17, inside Belk Arena.
Katrina Houston continued a strong opening weekend for the Buccaneers as the left-handed sophomore connected on a team-high 10 kills in the loss, while Meredith Parrott added seven kills and four blocks as CSU falls to 0-3 for the 2013 season.
Erin LaVenice added five kills for the Bucs, while Cassidy Greer set up the CSU offense with 18 set assists and nearly completed her second double-double of the season with nine digs. Maggie Murphy led the Bucs backline as the senior libero had 12 digs in the match, while Kayla Klinger had eight digs to go with three kills in the loss.
Caroline Brown led Davidson with 15 kills on the evening, while Rachel Earnhardt had nine kills as the Wildcats hit .321 from the floor in the match. Mikayla Derochie set up the Davidson offense with 41 set assists, while Anastasia Owen (12) and Brown (10) both reached double-digit digs in the win.
Davidson scored seven of the first 10 points to take the early lead and continued to press their advantage early in building a double-digit edge on their way to winning the first set, 25-14.
Charleston Southern bounced back in the second set, taking four of the first five points in building the early lead. Parrott had a pair of kills to pace the attack and Houston had a service ace, but Davidson rallied back to even that match up for the first time at 9-9 following a CSU attack error.
The teams battled throughout the second set with Houston connecting on her third kill of the frame to even the set up at 17-17. Davidson took control of the set though, with a 3-0 run and picked up eight of the final 11 points in closing out the contested 25-20 set victory.
Davidson jumped ahead early in the third set, utilizing a 6-0 run in building a 10-2 lead following a kill by Brown. The Bucs battled back with a run of their own, cutting the game back to within three at 11-8 on a 6-1 run on Parrott's serve as the sophomore middle blocker had a pair of service aces during the stretch.
With the third set at 14-12 in favor of the Wildcats, Davidson rattled off seven straight points to take the 21-12 lead following a pair of kills apiece by both Hannah Rau and Brown. CSU continued to fight back with a 5-1 run in a comeback attempt as Klinger connected on two kills, but the Wildcats were able to close out the set and match win.
Charleston Southern remains on the road as the Buccaneers travel to local rival College of Charleston on Tuesday, September 3rd. First serve inside TD Arena is set for 7 p.m.