CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell to visiting High Point 3-1 on Friday evening inside the Buc Dome, dropping the four set decision to the Panthers, 21-25, 25-20, 28-26, 25-15.
The Buccaneers recognized lone 2014 senior Kirsten Struksnes prior to the match and the Calgary, Alberta, Canada native responded with one of her best matches of the season with 20 assists and nine digs in the match to pace the CSU efforts.
CSU falls to 11-21, 1-12 overall in Big South play with the loss, while High Point improves to 12-14, 6-7 in conference play with the victory.
The Bucs close out the 2014 regular season tomorrow afternoon inside the Buc Dome as CSU hosts Campbell for Parents Day. First serve between the Bucs and the Camels is set for 2 p.m.
CSU was led in the match by Siraya Windsor's 10 kill-13 dig double-double, while Meredith Parrott added 10 kills and seven blocks for the Bucs in the loss. Kylie Klein had seven kills as CSU hit .107 from the floor as a team, while Ashley Higginbothem had 13 digs defensively for CSU. Connor Malone added seven blocks at the net as well for the Bucs.
High Point was led by Haley Barnes' 14 kills as the Panthers had three players in double-digits in the kills category on Friday night. Kristen Heldt added 12 kills, while Camryn Freiberg added 10 as High Point hit .176 as a team overall. Barnes completed the double-double with 12 digs, while Gabi Mirand had 40 assists and 10 digs for HPU.
Amanda Metz put the first CSU point on the board as the Buccaneers and Panthers battled early in the first set. With the frame featuring seven ties early, CSU took the lead at 8-7 on a Houston kill up the middle. CSU continued to build on the advantage, going up 12-8 following back-to-back HPU attack errors.
The Bucs lead reached six points in the frame at 21-15 on a combined block from Parrott and Malone, before High Point rallied back. The Panthers went on a 6-0 run to even the match on Megan Kennedy's serve before a Greer kill ended the HPU run. CSU closed out the frame with the next three points as Parrott flipped a kill down to the floor before Windsor connected on the set point to give CSU the 25-21 win.
The second set was tightly contested the whole way through, featuring 10 ties and four lead changes in the frame. The Bucs took the 10-9 lead on a block by Malone and Parrott and CSU held the advantage at 16-13 following kills by Klein and Houston. The Panthers rallied back to even the frame up at 16-16 on a kill by Camryn Freiberg as High Point closed out the set on a 12-4 run capped by a Heldt kill to even the match at 1-1 heading into the break.
High Point took the swing set in the third frame as the Panthers held off several late charges from the Bucs to go up 2-1 following the 28-26 set win. CSU led 13-9 midway through the frame as Parrott recorded three early kills and a pair of blocks. The Bucs pushed the advantage to 18-3 on a Windsor service ace, but the Panthers responded with a 5-0 run out of the timeout to even the set.
Over the final 18 points of the set, CSU held the largest lead by either team at 21-18 on the Parrott kill. The Bucs held the first set point at 24-23 following the Metz kill down the left sideline. However, High Point rallied and held advantage on three separate occasions before Barnes clinched the set in favor of HPU with the final kill.
High Point used a 13-7 stretch to take control of the fourth set and went up by as many as nine at 23-14 on a Kennedy kill in closing out the 25-15 fourth set win.