CONWAY, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in three sets to Coastal Carolina on Friday evening inside The HTC Center as the Buccaneers dropped 25-11, 25-10, 25-17, in falling in Big South Conference play.
Kayla Klinger led the Buccaneers with nine kills on the evening, while Katrina Houston had five of her own to pace the CSU offense, but Charleston Southern struggled from the floor in hitting .045 as a team in the loss to the Chanticleers.
Charleston Southern falls to 5-15 overall on the season, 0-5 in Big South Conference play, while Coastal Carolina improves to 10-8, 3-2 in conference action on the year.
Klinger led the Bucs hitting .350 from the floor and added eight digs on the evening, while Kirsten Struksnes and Cassidy Greer combined for 19 set assists for the Bucs. Taylor Allman was the team leader on the defensive end for CSU with 10 digs.
Lian Bernett led all players with 13 kills on the night, while Eszter Nagy and Gabriella Horvath were both in double-digits with 10 kills as the Chants hit .440 as a team from the floor in the match. Lauren Alejo set up the Coastal attack with 38 set assists, while Lindsay Gill and Jenna Orner had nine digs apiece to lead the Chanticleers backline. Kindra Bailey led the team at the net with five total blocks.
Coastal Carolina jumped ahead early in the first set in going up double-digits behind six kills by Bernett in the frame. The Chants used a 20-8 run to close out the set with back-to-back CSU attack errors giving CCU the 25-11 opening set win.
With the score at 4-3 in favor of the Chants following an Erin LaVenice kill, Coastal Carolina again went on a run, using a 21-7 run to close out the second set with five players recording multiple kills to take the 2-0 lead heading into the break.
The third frame saw the Buccaneers take their first lead of the match on a 3-0 run as Klinger evened the set at 4-4 before a Coastal attack error put the Bucs ahead by one. CSU remained ahead following a LaVenice and Struksnes combined block, but Coastal used a 4-0 run to take a lead they would not relinquish as Bailey put the Chants ahead with a kill and solo block.
Coastal and CSU traded points the rest of the way before Horvath put away the final point to end the 25-17 set win for the Chanticleers and close out the match.
Charleston Southern is back in action next weekend as CSU remains on the road and in Big South play as the Bucs travel to Liberty on October 18th. First serve between CSU and the Flames is set for 7 p.m.