CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in four sets to visiting Radford on Saturday evening inside the Buc Dome, dropping the Big South decision 18-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-15.
Siraya Windsor recorded her 11th double-double of the season and third this week with 17 kills and 16 digs, while Meredith Parrott had 15 kills and five blocks in the loss as CSU hit .225 as a team from the floor. Katrina Houston added nine kills and a team-high six blocks in the loss, while Cassidy Greer had 43 assists and seven digs for the Bucs.
Charleston Southern falls to 9-16, 0-7 in Big South play with the loss, while Radford improves to 15-7, 5-2 in Big South action with the win.
The Highlanders were paced by Rachel Wiechecki's double-double with 17 kills and 11 digs, while Emma Deininger and Megan Short had 14 kills apiece as Radford hit .287 as a team in the match. Jena Braden also recorded a double-double for the Highlanders with 52 assists and 10 digs, while Kelby Jackson and Kaylor Nash had 11 digs apiece for Radford.
CSU jumped ahead early in the first set behind six early kills by Siraya Windsor and four by Meredith Parrott as the Bucs took the 1-0 lead over the Highlanders. The Bucs jumped out to the 8-3 lead early behind Parrott's four kills and Taylor Allman added a service ace to stake CSU to the five point advantage.
The Highlanders battled back several times, getting the set as close as two points at 15-13 following a kill by Cheyanne James, but the Bucs stretched the lead back out to 20-15 with a 5-2 run as Windsor drilled a kill down the left sideline. CSU continued their charge in the frame with a Radford attack error ending the first frame in favor of the Bucs 25-18.
Eleven ties and three lead changes highlighted the second set before Radford took control late to even the match up at 1-1 following the 25-22 set win. CSU went up 13-10 in the first set, using a three point swing to break a 10-10 tie on a Parrott kill and pair of Radford errors.
The Bucs lead again reached three points at 17-14 sparked by a block by Kylie Klein and Houston, but the Highlanders rallied back to even the frame up at 18-18 following a kill from Megan Short. The Short kill came during a 5-1 run by Radford as the Highlanders kept the lead the rest of the way with Wiechecki putting in the final point of the set on a kill in the middle to send the teams into the break.
The third set went down to the wire before Savannah Burton put in the set winning service ace to give the Highlanders the 2-1 lead following the 27-25 set win. In a set featuring 12 ties and six lead changes, CSU went up 15-13 in taking their largest lead of the frame on the Higginbothem service ace.
The Highlanders responded with a 5-0 run in going up 18-15 capped by a Short kill and the teams continued to battle all the way up to the end of the frame. CSU reached set point first at 24-23 following a Radford setting error, but the Bucs were unable to capitalize as Radford took two points in a row on back-to-back Short kills. Parrott evened the frame at 25-25, but Maddie Palmer connected on a kill and Burton's ace closed out the Highlanders set win.
With the score at 7-5 Radford in the fourth set, the Highlanders went on a 14-7 run in building a 21-12 lead forcing a CSU timeout. Out of the timeout, CSU took three of the next four points with Parrott and Houston combining for the block, but the Highlanders took the fourth set, 25-15.
Charleston Southern returns to the road next week as CSU remains in Big South Conference play traveling to UNC Asheville on Friday night. First serve inside the Justice Center is set for 7 p.m.