CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in a tough four set match to visiting Liberty on Friday night inside the Buc Dome, 23-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-13.
Siraya Windsor recorded her 10th double-double of the season in the loss with 12 kills and 18 digs, while Meredith Parrott and Katrina Houston had 14 kills apiece for the Bucs as CSU never trailed in winning the first set to the Flames.
The Buccaneers hit .141 as a team in the match as Kylie Klein and Taylor Allman added four kills apiece. Cassidy Greer set up the CSU offense with 47 assists, while Ashley Higginbothem and Allman led CSU's defensive efforts with 19 digs apiece.
Hannah Weidner led the Flames on the evening with 14 kills, while Carolina Douglas had 13 kills and 13 digs to record the double-double on the night. Jade Vorster was also in double-digits with 10 kills for the Flames as Liberty hit .278 as a team from the floor. Caila Stapleton set up the Liberty attack with 41 assists and added 14 digs, while Kate Corson (10 digs), Hannah Williams (13 digs) and Gabrielle Shipe (18 digs) were all in double-digits in digs for the Flames.
CSU falls to 9-15, 0-6 in Big South play with the loss, while Liberty improved to 19-5, 6-0 in conference action with the win.
The Bucs jumped ahead of the Flames early in the first set in leading from coast-to-coast in taking the 25-23 win to hold the early lead. With the frame tied up at 5-5, CSU went on a 6-0 run on Greer's serve with Windsor, Houston and Klein putting in kills during the stretch as the Bucs took their largest lead of the set at 11-5.
Liberty steadily chipped away at the lead, tying the set back up at 19-19 on a CSU attack error as the teams traded points. With the score tied 21-21 following a Stapleton kill, Parrott drilled back-to-back kills to give CSU the advantage and Windsor put in the final kill down the left sideline to give the Bucs the first set win.
The Flames took the early lead in the second set, building an 8-3 advantage behind several CSU attack errors. The Bucs rallied back to cut the lead down to two at 10-8 following an Allman service ace, but the Flames pulled away with Weidner closing out the 25-21 set win to even the score at 1-1 heading into the break.
The Flames held an eight point lead in the third set at 14-6 following a Gabrielle Vess kill and the Liberty lead reached double-digits before a furious CSU comeback over the final points. With the Bucs trailing 21-11, CSU managed to bring the margin back to 24-17 following a late Houston kill, but Douglas closed out the Flames win to give Liberty the 2-1 lead.
Liberty took control of the fourth set early in completing the four set win over CSU, 25-13.
The Bucs remain at home as CSU welcomes Radford to the Buc Dome tomorrow evening. First serve between CSU and Radford is set for 7 p.m.