BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Erin LaVenice had a match-high 13 kills for Charleston Southern on Saturday in her final match wearing the CSU Blue and Gold, but the senior middle hitter's performance was not enough to lift the Buccaneers over host Campbell in the 25-23, 25-21, 25-21 loss.
LaVenice, who entered the match leading the Big South Conference with a .371 hitting percentage in conference games, connected on .688 of her attacks from the floor to lead the Bucs offense to close out her career at CSU.
Charleston Southern sees their season end with a 6-24 record, 0-14 in Big South play, while Campbell improves to 14-17, 4-10 overall in conference action with the win.
Siraya Windsor added seven kills to pace the CSU offense as the Buccaneers hit .192 from the floor as a team in the match. Cassidy Greer set up Charleston Southern with 27 set assists, while Windsor was the team leader with three service aces. Defensively, Maggie Murphy led the way with 12 digs in her final collegiate match, while Katrina Houston was also in double-digits with 11 digs.
Lindsay Coats led the way for the Camels, equaling LaVenice's total with 13 kills of her own to spark a Campbell offense that hit .264 from the floor as a group. Lorin Thomas narrowly missed double-digits in the kill column with nine, while Heather Wilson and Rebecca Ramirez combined for 34 assists. Defensively, Mary Crema led all players with 18 digs, while Jenny Tait was the leader at the net with three blocks.
Charleston Southern continued their pattern of quick starts on the weekend as the Buccaneers jumped out to the 4-0 lead in the first set behind two early kills by LaVenice. The Camels rallied back to tie the match at 5-5 on back-to-back kills by Coats as the teams settled into a back-and-forth set featuring 10 ties and five lead changes. The Buccaneers went ahead 22-21 on three straight points late in the set, using kills by LaVenice and Kayla Klinger to take the narrow lead, but the Camels responded with four of the next five points with Thomas placing in the final kill to take the 1-0 lead.
The Camels went on the attack early in the second frame, building a four point advantage at 15-11 following a Ramirez service ace. CSU rattled off four straight points to even the match at 15-15 on Houston's serve as the sophomore outside hitter fired in an ace, and the Bucs tied the match up again at 17-17 on a kill by LaVenice. With Campbell holding the 22-17 lead, CSU mounted one final comeback attempt, cutting the deficit down to one at 22-21 using two Campbell attack errors and a Windsor kill to fight their way back into the match, but the Camels held the Bucs at bay in closing out the 25-21 set win, taking the 2-0 lead into the break.
The final set saw the Bucs take the first three points as Windsor drove home a kill and an ace as the teams set up for another battle in the frame. Seven ties and three lead changes later saw the set come down to the wire as CSU rallied from a 22-17 deficit to bring the match back to within two at 23-21, using three kills by Windsor during the stretch. Back-to-back kills by Wilson ended the CSU attempt though, as the Camels finished the win and the series sweep over the Bucs.