ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Meredith Parrott had 20 kills and hit .607 from the floor in the match as Charleston Southern defeated UNC Asheville on the road on Friday night inside the Justice Center, 3-1.
Parrott recorded her first 20 kill match of the season, reaching the mark in just 28 attack attempts to pace the Buccaneers to comebacks in all four sets in recording their first Big South Conference win of the season. Cassidy Greer, Katrina Houston and Siraya Windsor all recorded double-doubles in the match to pace the Bucs as CSU connected on 65 kills overall in the match with a .216 hitting percentage in the win.
"Meredith had an outstanding game with impressive kill efficiency, especially considering she usually had a double block," commented CSU head coach Christy Mooberry. "She's a very consistent player who sees the court well. It truly was a team effort as the defense played such a large role in her success as well, as we needed solid passes from them to be able to set our middles. Cassidy (Greer) did a great job as well setting Mer up to be successful. I'm really proud of the whole team. The bench did a great job of calling out tendencies, keeping energy high and being encouraging."
CSU bounced back from an nine-point deficit to take the first set and a six-point deficit in the third set, before taking control of the fourth set early in closing out the conference road victory, and the Bucs first win at UNC Asheville and the Justice Center in over 20 years.
"During the break we really just talked about the few adjustments we were going to make," Mooberry said. "We just focusing on the task at hand, what was working well for us and what we needed to do differently."
CSU improves to 10-17 overall, 1-7 in Big South play with the win, while Asheville fell to 5-18, 1-6 in conference action with the loss.
"It feels great to get a Big South win," said Mooberry. "I'm excited because this has been a mental hurdle for us; jumping one successfully will lead to more confidence in others."
With the match tied up 1-1 overall heading into the break, CSU fell behind early as the Bucs trailed 8-2 following the first 10 points of the set. CSU and Asheville traded points getting to 13-7 before the Bucs began their run.
Windsor started the stretch with a kill leading to a 4-0 run and the Bucs continued their run coming back to tie the frame up at 19-19. Asheville rebuilt their lead to 24-22 on a pair of Catherine Fischer kills to move to set point, but the Bucs rallied back to send the frame into extras on a Parrott kill. Parrott added two more kills to put CSU ahead 26-25 before an Asheville attack error ended the set with CSU moving ahead 2-1.
After the Bucs fell behind 3-0 early in the fourth set, CSU went on a 16-6 run to take control of the frame behind four kills by Houston in building the 16-9 lead. Asheville rallied nearly all the way back, pulling the set to within one point on two separate occasions as 20-19 and 21-20. However, back-to-back kills by Klein and Houston led up to the final block by Parrott and Houston as CSU closed out the 25-21 victory.
CSU and Asheville split the first two sets with CSU winning the first frame 26-24, while Asheville took the 25-23 set win into the break.
The Bucs fell behind in the first set 19-10 before mounting their comeback. During the 16-5 run, Parrott and Windsor had three kills apiece, while Houston added a pair of kills as the Bucs tied up the set for the first time at 24-24. Houston and Parrott followed in combining for a block for the Bucs to take their first lead. Ashley Higginbothem followed with a service ace to the back right corner, just inside the line to give CSU the 26-24 set win.
The second set went back and forth as the teams combined for 11 ties and four lead changes with Asheville taking control of the frame late at 22-19 following the block by Christine Lakatos and Diana Enriquez. The Bucs rallied back to bring the set within one twice at 22-21 and 24-23, with the latter coming on the Windsor kill. However, the Bulldogs took the final point to head into the break with a Fischer kill to close out the 25-23 set win to even the match.
Cassidy Greer recorded a season-high 55 assists for the Bucs and added 13 digs and six kills, while Katrina Houston had a season-high 16 kills and 16 digs in her second double-double of the season. Siraya Windsor added 15 kills and 11 digs for her fourth consecutive double-double, while Ashley Higginbothem (18) and Taylor Allman (16) were both in double-digits in digs in the match. Parrott led the Bucs at the net with six blocks in the match.
Fischer had 22 kills to pace UNC Asheville on the evening, while Madison Vaught was also in double-digits with 10 kills in the match. Katie Davis set up the Bulldogs offense with 51 assists, while Bryn Pfieffer was the team leader with 20 digs. Lakatos added 18 digs and five blocks defensively, while Shelby Erickson had 17 digs for the Bulldogs.
CSU remains on the road as the Bucs travel to Boiling Springs, N.C., and Gardner-Webb University to take on the Runnin' Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. First serve inside Paul Porter Arena between the Big South rivals is set for 2 p.m.