CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in a tightly contested, back-and-forth, Big South Conference match on Friday evening as visiting Campbell defeated the Buccaneers in three sets inside the Buc Dome, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18.
In a match that featured eight ties and five lead changes, including a 10 kill performance in the second set by CSU's Katrina Houston, Campbell's early leads in each frame proved to be too much for the Buccaneers to overcome in the loss.
Charleston Southern falls to 5-12, 0-3 in Big South play on the season, while Campbell improves to 11-7, 2-0 in conference action.
CSU was led on the evening by Houston's match-high 13 kills in the contest as the Buccaneers hit .149 from the floor as team in the match. Erin LaVenicewas also in double-digits with 10 kills, while Kayla Klinger and Meredith Parrott had five kills apiece for the Bucs. Kirsten Struksnes and Cassidy Greer combined to set up the Bucs attack with 32 set assists, while Struksnes completed her first double-double of the season with 19 assists and 11 digs in the match.
Campbell was led on the evening by Jessica Groen's 11 kills, while Lindsey Coats, Katelyn Layden and Lorin Thomas had eight kills apiece on the night. Heather Wilson set up the Campbell attack with 34 assists on the evening as the Camels hit .230 from the floor in the match.
Mary Crema led the Campbell defensive efforts on the evening with a match-high 25 digs, while Alexis Hein had 15 and Layden recorded 11. Coats led all players on the evening with three total blocks.
The Buccaneers jumped ahead early in the first set behind a trio of kills by LaVenice, while Allman placed in a kill to stake the Bucs to the 6-2 lead. The Camels rallied back with an 8-2 run to take their first lead of the contest at 10-8 on a kill by Thomas, but back-to-back kills by Houston knotted the set up at 10-10.
The teams swapped points throughout the rest of the set until the Camels made a late run, going up four at 22-18 following a pair of CSU errors. Charleston Southern rallied back, cutting the set back to within one point on three separate occasions, with the final coming at 24-23 following a Camels attack error, but the comeback attempt fell short as Layden placed in the final point to give Campbell the 1-0 lead.
The second set saw the visiting Camels come out of the gates swinging, scoring six of the first seven points in building an 8-3 lead following a kill by Wilson. Charleston Southern chipped away at the Campbell lead, cutting it down to one point at 15-14 following a Siraya Windsor service ace, before the Bucs tied the match at 16-16 on a kill by Houston.
Parrott followed with a kill of her own to give the Buccaneers their first lead of the set at 17-16, capping off a 6-2 run, but the Camels rattled off six of the next seven points in building their lead back to 22-18 on a CSU ball-handling error. Charleston Southern again made a late charge in the set with Greer's service ace putting the score at 24-23 in favor of Campbell, but Wilson placed in the final kill down the line to give the Camels the 25-23 win and 2-0 lead heading into the break.
Campbell rattled off the first six points of the third set and went up by as many as eight points on three separate occasions in the frame, holding the 19-11 lead following back-to-back kills by Groen, and 22-14 lead on a kill by Layden and 24-16 on a kill by Hein, but CSU rallied back and held the Camels away from match point on back-to-back kills by Klinger, extending the match. A CSU attack error ended the night though as the Camels took the 25-18 win, completing the sweep.
Charleston Southern is back in action tomorrow evening as the Buccaneers host High Point inside the Buc Dome with first serve set for 7 p.m. Campbell continues on the road, traveling to Conway, S.C., to take on Coastal Carolina, with first serve coming at 2 p.m.