BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Charleston Southern fell in a five-set thriller to Campbell on Friday night inside Gore Arena despite double-doubles by Cassidy Greer and Siraya Windsor, as well as a 19 kill performance by Meredith Parrott, 25-21, 23-25, 22-25, 25-22, 16-14.
With CSU holding the 13-8 lead in the fifth set following a 4-0 run sparked by a pair of Parrott kills, the Camels rallied back to tie the match up at 14-14 backed by four straight kills by Jessica Groen. The Camels continued their rally, finishing the match with an 8-1 run capped by a Groen service ace as CSU falls to 0-3 in Big South play in the 2014 season.
The Bucs fall to 7-10 overall on the season with the loss, while Campbell improves to 10-7, 2-0 in Big South play with the win.
Parrott led the Bucs on the match with a .410 hitting percentage as CSU hit .238 as a team on the floor. Windsor added 17 kills and 18 digs from the floor, while Katrina Houston was also in double-digits with 12 digs. Greer set up the CSU attack with 49 assists and added a career-high 19 digs, while Taylor Allman had 18 digs for the Bucs backline. Ashley Higginbothem added 15 digs from the backline, while Kylie Klein had a career-high seven blocks in the match.
Katelyn Layden led all players with 22 kills as Campbell had four players in double-digits on the evening. Alexis Hein added 18 kills, while Groen carried the Camels late with 16 kills. Lorin Thomas added 10 kills and five blocks in the match. Summer Schuitema set up the CU attack with 43 assists, while Mary Crema led the backline with 21 digs.
CSU took the 10-7 lead in the first set as the Bucs took advantage of two early Windsor kills. The Camels rallied back with an 11-3 run to take a commanding 18-13 lead following back-to-back blocks by Thomas, Ali Harty and Hein. The Bucs forced a tie at 20-20 following two more kills by Windsor, as the junior outside hitter ended up with six kills in the frame. However, Layden recorded the final two kills as Campbell scored five of the final six points to take the 25-21 win.
Windsor served the Bucs to a 7-3 lead to open up the second set, placing in two aces during the stretch. Campbell took their largest lead of the set at 18-14 following a kill by McKenzie Fell, but the Bucs rallied back late to tie the set up at 22-22, using a 5-2 stretch capped by a block by Parrott and Houston. The combined block by Houston and Parrott set off a 4-1 run with Parrott putting in the final point of CSU's 25-23 set win to tie the match up at 1-1 heading into the break.
The Bucs and Camels battled in a tightly contested third set as neither team was able to build more than a three point advantage. Campbell took their largest lead at 7-4 following a Thomas kill, but the Bucs rallied back in a frame that featured nine ties and seven lead changes. CSU finally took the lead for good after breaking a 15-15 tie on a kill by Windsor as CSU held off a late charge in recording the 25-22 set win.
The fourth set saw Campbell take the 22-17 lead late in the frame on their way to holding off the Bucs 25-22 to send the match into the deciding fifth set.
CSU got out to the quick start in the deciding fifth set, taking an 8-5 lead at the switch following a Houston kill. The Bucs lead increased to 13-8 on Allman's serve as Parrott connected on two kills, sandwiching an Allman ace and a Houston kill for CSU's largest lead in the frame. However, four consecutive kills by Groen brought Campbell back within reach before Groen served the Camels home with the 16-14 set win.
The Bucs remain on the road tomorrow afternoon as CSU travels to High Point to take on the Panthers in Big South Conference play. First serve inside the Willis Center is set for 2 p.m.