CLINTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell against a balanced offensive attack by Presbyterian on Friday evening inside the Templeton Center in both teams' Big South Conference opener as the Buccaneers dropped in three sets to the Blue Hose, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22.
Erin LaVenice led the way for Charleston Southern with seven kills as the Bucs hit .106 from the floor in the match, while Kayla Klinger had six kills in the loss. Meredith Parrott provided five kills of her own while setter Cassidy Greer had 23 set assists overall for CSU.
Defensively, Maggie Murphy and Katrina Houston were both in double-digits in the digs category with Murphy finishing with a match-high 16 digs, while Houston had 11 in the match. Parrott led the Bucs at the net with four blocks overall.
Charleston Southern falls to 5-10, 0-1 in conference play with the loss, while Presbyterian improves to 3-13, 1-0 with the win.
Rachel Hall and Halle Tripp led the way for the Blue Hose in the match with 12 kills apiece, while Kelly Berryman had 10 in the match as Presbyterian hit .231 from the floor as a team. Ashtin Frank set up the Presbyterian attack with 35 set assists, while Andrea Barman had three service aces to go with nine kills.
Defensively, Mary Trimpe had 15 digs to lead PC, while Berryman had three solo blocks among her four total blocks in the victory.
Presbyterian took the early lead in the first set and never trailed as the Blue Hose took the opening 25-18 victory. PC took the 9-4 lead on a Aubrey Dooley service ace and their lead reached double-digits at 17-7 following a CSU ball-handling error. The Buccaneers rallied back to cut the deficit down to four points at 21-17 following a 10-4 run, but the Blue Hose took four of the final five points in the first set win.
The second set again saw Presbyterian jump out to the early lead as the Blue Hose took the first four points of the frame in building a 7-3 advantage following a pair of kills by Barman. CSU rallied all the way back, cutting the deficit down to one at 7-6 following a solo block by Parrott and tied the match at 12-12 on a kill by Greer.
However, the Bucs were unable to put the go-ahead point on the board, tying the match up at 15-15 and 16-16 following a Klinger kill, before a 10-4 run ended the frame on a kill by Hall as PC took the set, 25-19.
Out of the break, Charleston Southern came out on fire, taking six of the first seven points on their way to building a double-digit lead in the set. The Bucs went up 6-1 following a kill by Windsor and continued their run in building the 16-6 lead on a second Windsor kill for CSU's largest lead on the day.
Presbyterian, however, answered with a run of their own, using a 15-5 run on their way to tying the set up at 21-21 on a kill by Hall. The Blue Hose continued the run, scoring four of the next five points with a solo block by Windsor cutting into the PC run in the CSU 25-22 set loss.
Charleston Southern remains on the road in Big South play as the Buccaneers travel to Rock Hill, S.C., tomorrow afternoon to take on Winthrop. First serve between the Bucs and the Eagles is set for 2 p.m. inside the Winthrop Coliseum.