CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern was unable to overcome host College of Charleston on Tuesday evening as the Buccaneers fell in straight sets inside TD Arena, 25-22, 25-18, 25-12, in a battle between local rivals.
The Buccaneers were led by Meredith Parrott as the sophomore middle blocker led the way with seven kills while hitting .235 from the floor in the losing effort, while Erin LaVenice and Katrina Houston had six kills apiece for CSU.
Cassidy Greer set up the CSU attack with 19 assists, while Maggie Murphy paced the Buccaneers backline with a team-high seven digs. Taylor Allman and LaVenice teamed up for a block for the Bucs defense.
Charleston Southern falls to 0-4 on the season, while the College of Charleston improves their mark to 4-0.
Darcy Dorton led a balanced effort for the Cougars as CofC's offense was paced by eight service aces, while the College of Charleston's defense had eight total blocks in the match. Dorton finished with a match-high 10 kills, while Melissa Morello and Sloane White had seven kills apiece as CofC hit .360 from the floor in their fourth consecutive win to open the 2013 season.
CSU and CofC opened a fast-paced first set as the teams split the first 14 points of the set before the Cougars went on a 4-0 run on their way breaking open the first frame in building a 15-9 lead on a Cara Howley service ace. Charleston Southern was paced by three kills in the first set by both Kayla Klinger and LaVenice and cut the match back to within three points at 23-20, but the Cougars held off the late CSU challenge as White recorded the final kill to end the set.
College of Charleston jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the second set on a kill by Morello as the Cougars took advantage of three service aces, including back-to-back by Kallie McCown in building an early 14-7 lead. The Cougars continued to press their advantage, going up 20-11 following a White kill, but the Buccaneers rallied back to cut into the lead, using an 8-2 run sparked by a pair of kills by LaVenice in cutting the deficit down to four at 22-18.
However, a kill by Howley swung the serve back to the Cougars and Dorton closed out the frame with a kill to go up 2-0 in the match.
The final set of the evening saw the Cougars score the first four points and College of Charleston did not slow down from there, racing to a 22-8 lead in closing out the three-set victory with the 25-12 set win.
Charleston Southern remains on the road this weekend, traveling down to Jacksonville, Fla., to take part in the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational hosted by Jacksonville University on September 6-7. The Bucs open the weekend on Friday against Missisippi Valley State with first serve coming at 2 p.m. CSU also takes on host Jacksonville on opening night with match time set for 7 p.m., while closing out the weekend on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Florida Atlantic.