CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in a four-set thriller despite a record-setting performance by CSU libero Taylor Allman on Friday evening inside the Buc Dome, dropping to visiting Presbyterian in the Big South opener, 25-20, 24-26, 25-18, 25-17.
Allman broke a CSU record for digs in a single match as the sophomore libero recorded 36 digs over the four sets to break the previous record held by Jennifer Monson set on November 3, 2000 against UNC Asheville with 32 digs. Allman recorded 11 in the first set, six in the second, eight in the third and 11 in the fourth to pace CSU in the game and record the highest dig effort in the Big South in a single match to date in the 2014 season.
Meredith Parrott and Kylie Klein led a balanced CSU effort on the attack with 10 kills apiece, while Siraya Windsor and Connor Malone had nine apiece as the Bucs hit .143 from the floor on the night. Cassidy Greer set up the attack with 43 assists.
Defensively, Allman led four Bucs on the backline in double-digit digs with Windsor (13), Ashley Higginbothem (10) and Taylor Marin (10) all achieving the mark. Parrott led all players at the net with four total blocks.
Rachel Hall led all players on the evening with 16 kills for the Blue Hose as Presbyterian hit .231 as a team in the match. Ashton Stewart (13), Rachel Elshoff (12) and Kelly Berryman (10) were also in double-digits in the kills category, while Ashtin Frank set up the PC attack with 53 assists. Defensively, Mary Trimpe had 26 digs, while Elshoff (14), Frank (11) and Aubrey Dooley (11) were all in double figures.
Charleston Southern falls to 6-10, 0-1 in Big South play on the season, while Presbyterian improves to 6-7, 1-0 in conference action.
A 6-0 run midway through the first set on Frank's serve gave Presbyterian a commanding 17-10 lead, but the Bucs continued to rally back in the frame behind strong defensive play by Allman and Windsor. The Bucs brought the frame back to within four at 23-19 before PC took two of the final three points with Hall putting in the final kill of the 25-20 Blue Hose set win.
The second set saw the most back-and-forth of the night as the teams tied the frame up 12 times and had six lead changes with the final coming at 24-24 as CSU tied it up at set point on a PC service error. An attack error by Hall was followed by an Allman service ace to give the Bucs the 26-24 set win and even the match 1-1 at the break.
Presbyterian took advantage of a 6-1 run in the middle of the third set on their way to cruising to the 25-18 set win, and then closed out the match by scoring the first four points of the fourth set on their way to leading coast-to-coast in the 25-17 victory.
Charleston Southern remains at home tomorrow afternoon as the Bucs host Winthrop University in Big South Conference play inside the Buc Dome. First serve between CSU and the Eagles is set for 2 p.m.