CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern dropped their second match of the weekend inside the Buc Dome, falling to visiting Winthrop on Saturday afternoon in four sets, 23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-15.
Meredith Parrott led the Bucs with a match-high 17 kills on the day as the junior outside hitter hit .282 from the floor in the match. Siraya Windsor added nine kills and six digs, while Katrina Houston had eight kills and three blocks in the loss for the Bucs.
CSU falls to 6-11 on the season, 0-2 in Big South Conference play with the loss, while Winthrop improves to 11-6, 2-0 in conference action.
Cassidy Greer set up the CSU offense on the afternoon as the Bucs hit .164 with 40 assists, while Parrott and Taylor Allman had two service aces apiece. Allman, one day after setting the CSU single match record for digs, was back in double-digits on the backline with 15 digs, while Parrott and Kylie Klein had three blocks apiece.
Alina Sopizhuk led three Eagle in the contest in double-digits in the kills category with 12 kills and 10 digs for the double-double. Keaupono Fey and Rachel Lenz added 11 kills apiece as Winthrop hit .252 as a team from the match. Jessie Vicic and Kelly Scott combined for 43 set assists, while Maria Volstad had a team-high 11 digs and five service aces in the victory.
Parrott had seven kills in the opening set to pace the Buccaneers in the frame as CSU built their largest lead of the set at 21-16 following a WU attack error. The Eagles responded with a 7-2 run to tie the set up at 23-23 following the kill by Fey, but back-to-back kills by Houston and Parrott clinched the CSU first set win and gave the Bucs the 1-0 lead.
Parrott added five more kills and Windsor had four of her own in the second set , but Winthrop used a 10-2 run in the second set to take a 20-13 lead. Lenz, Scott and Fey recorded the final kills for the Eagles in the set to tie the match up at 1-1 heading into the break.
CSU took the 17-14 lead in the third set following back-to-back kills by Windsor and Parrott, forcing an Eagles timeout. Out of the break, Winthrop went on an 11-5 run over the final 16 points and held off a late CSU charge as Fey put in the final point of the 25-22 set win.
The fourth set saw nine ties and three lead changes in the frame before Winthrop snapped a 13-13 tie with a 12-2 run to close out the action and clinch the Big South win.
Charleston Southern steps out of conference play and takes to the road next week as the Bucs make the trip to Savannah, Ga. and Wiley Wilcox Gymnasium to take on Savannah State on Tuesday night. First serve between the Bucs and the Tigers is set for 7 p.m.