CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern rallied late in each set as the Buccaneers closed out the home portion of their 2013 schedule inside the Buc Dome on Friday evening, but Coastal Carolina was able to hold off the CSU charge in dealing the Bucs a 25-23, 25-20, 25-21 loss.
The Buccaneers recognized seniors Kayla Klinger, Erin LaVenice, Laura Grace Swindler, Maggie Murphy and Carley Reiter, as well as the entire CSU volleyball team's parents and family in a brief pre-grame ceremony before the match against the Chanticleers. The CSU faithful got behind the Buccaneers early and often as Charleston Southern hit .165 as a team from the floor in the three-set loss to the Chants.
Charleston Southern falls to 6-22, 0-12 overall in the Big South Conference in the season, while Coastal Carolina improves to 16-10, 9-3 in the conference with the win.
Siraya Windsor led the CSU offense on the evening with eight kills and added 12 digs in the match, while Katrina Houston and LaVenice had seven kills apiece to pace the Buccaneers offense. Cassidy Greer and Kirsten Struksnes combined for 27 set assists in the match, while Klinger and Houston had two aces apiece. Murphy led the CSU backline with a match-high 14 digs in the three set match, while LaVenice had a team-high four blocks at the net.
Lian Bernett led all players with 12 kills for Coastal Carolina, while Gabrielle Horvath had 11 kills as the Big South leading Chants hit .261 as a team from the floor. Lauren Alejo set up the offense with 36 assists, while Bernett had two aces in the match. Jenne Orner was the defensive leader with 11 digs on the night, while Kindra Bailey led the Chants with two blocks.
Coastal Carolina took a 10-5 lead in the first set behind a balanced offensive effort and the lead stretched to six points at 15-9 following a CSU attack error. The Buccaneers offense took over from there, rallying with a 9-4 run to even the match at 18-18, going on a 6-0 run on Greer's serve as Windsor had two kills to even the set.
The teams traded points for the next few serves as the teams battled through three more ties in the frame, with the final coming at 21-21 on the kill by LaVenice. Bernett followed a CSU ball-handling error with back-to-back kills to put CCU at set point, but the Bucs battled back behind kills by Klinger and Windsor to pull back within one at 24-23. However, Bernett put in the final point to take the opening set for Coastal, 25-23.
With the score tied 11-11 in the second set following a kill by Bernett, the Buccaneers went on a 7-2 run to take their largest lead of the evening at 18-13 on Houston and Klinger's serve, with Windsor providing a solo block during the stretch to put the Bucs ahead. Similar to the CSU run in first set, Coastal Carolina rallied back to even the score at 19-19 on a 5-1 run sparked by a pair of kills by Meghan Laffin and the Chants momentum carried CCU to the set win and 2-0 lead with the 12-2 run capped by a kill by Eszter Nagy to take the 25-20 win.
The final set saw Coastal Carolina take a five point lead at 16-11 on a combined block by Alejo and Bailey and the Chants carried the set, holding off a late CSU charge in the 25-21 win.
Charleston Southern is back in action next weekend, closing out the 2013 regular season at High Point on Friday night and Campbell on Saturday afternoon.