CLINTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in three sets to host Presbyterian College in Big South action on Friday night, dropping 25-23, 25-15, 25-20 inside the Templeton Center.
Meredith Parrott led the Bucs with eight kills in the match, while Connor Malone had seven kills and a team-high .429 hitting percentage as CSU struggled to connect from the floor against the Blue Hose in falling to PC for the second time in the 2014 season.
The Buccaneers continue their Big South road trip tomorrow afternoon at the Winthrop Coliseum as CSU takes on the Winthrop Eagles with first serve on the Big South Network scheduled for 4 p.m.
Katrina Houston added six kills for CSU in the match as the Bucs hit .106 as a team from the floor overall. Cassidy Greer led CSU with 15 assists, while Kirsten Struksnes added 11 for the Bucs to set up the attack. Defensively, Ashley Higginbothem had 14 digs, while Taylor Allman was also in double-digits with 11.
Presbyterian was led by Rachel Hall's 13 kills on the night as the Blue Hose hit .241 as a team in the match. Kelly Berryman added eight kills, while Ashtin Frank set up the PC attack with 34 assists. Mikayla Register had a team-high three service aces, while Mary Trimple led the PC backline with 18 digs.
Presbyterian broke open a 5-4 match in the first set with a 9-3 run on Register and Frank's serve as the Blue Host took command of the set early. PC would remain in control of the frame, going up 24-19 to reach set point on a Hall kill. The Bucs rallied and held off set point several times on Taylor Marin's serve with a kill by Kylie Klein and a solo block from Greer narrowing the gap to 24-23. However, out of the PC timeout, Halle Tripp put in the final point to give the Blue Hose the 1-0 lead.
The second set belong to the Blue Hose from start to finish as PC scored 12 of the first 16 points on their way to building a double-digit lead at 16-6. Presbyterian took the 25-15 set win and the 2-0 lead heading into the break.
PC again raced out to a double-digit lead in the third set, going up 15-5 on a kill by Frank to force the CSU timeout. Down 20-10, the Buccaneers steadily began rallying back as CSU went on a 10-4 run to threaten the Blue Hose. During the run, Parrott and Malone had two kills apiece, while Parrott and Houston combined for a block to put the score at 24-20, before Berryman closed out the night with the final point to end the frame.