CLEMSON, S.C. - Charleston Southern closed out the Big Orange Bash hosted by Clemson at Jervey Gym on Saturday afternoon falling to Clemson in the early match and UNC Wilmington in the nightcap.
The Bucs were paced by strong performances by Siraya Windsor, Katrina Houston and Meredith Parrott throughout the weekend, while Ashley Higginbothem led the Bucs' backline with a career-high 31 digs against the Tigers.
CSU continues the 2015 season on Tuesday night against Savannah State inside the Buc Dome in the Bucs' home opener. First serve between the Bucs and the Tigers is set for 7 p.m.
Clemson 3, CSU 1 (18-25, 27-25, 18-25, 16-25)
Siraya Windsor, Meredith Parrott and Katrina Houston all had double-digit kills, Charleston Southern was unable to overcome the host Clemson Tigers at the Big Orange Bash inside Jervey Gym on Saturday afternoon, 3-1.
Windsor recorded her first double-double of the season with 15 kills and 10 digs, while Parrott (11 kills) and Houston (10 kills) both hit double-digits in the kills category for the first time in the 2015 season. Cassidy Greer had 22 set assists and seven digs, while Brooke Green had 20 assists and nine digs in setting up the CSU offense.
Ashley Higginbothem led the Bucs defense with 31 digs, while Taylor Allman (10) and Windsor (10) were both in double-digits. Parrott led the Bucs at the net with three blocks.
Kailey Harvell led the Tigers with 16 kills on the afternoon as Clemson hit .241 as a team from the floor. Sofia Hruby and Leah Perri had 10 kills apiece on the day, while Kate Federico had a team-high 42 assists in the four set win. Keelie Ameson led three players in double-digits with 23 digs, while Megan McGinley and Hruby had four blocks apiece.
The Bucs and Tigers battled evenly through the first set as the teams split the first 30 points in the frame, sitting 15-15 midway through the frame. CSU took their largest lead of the frame at 8-5 on a Siraya Windsor ace, but Clemson went on a 10-3 run at the end of the set capped by a Harvell kill to take the 25-18 win.
The Bucs took the largest lead by either team in the second set as CSU went on an 8-3 run to take the 14-11 lead following back-to-back kills by Windsor and Parrott. The Tigers rallied back to even the set at 14-14 and the teams kept it within one point, sitting tied 25-25 following a Windsor kill. The Bucs took the final two points of the frame as Houston put down the kill and Windsor drilled an ace to even the match at 1-1.
A 4-0 run early in the third set gave the Bucs the 9-6 lead as Parrott put in a service ace and Houston and Hannah Western combined for a block as CSU capitalized on their momentum from the second frame. The Tigers rallied back and held the 23-16 lead on a McGinley kill before closing out the third set on a CSU attack error.
The Tigers took control of the fourth set midway through the frame and closed out the contest on an 11-3 run in taking the 25-16 win.
UNC Wilmington 3, Charleston Southern 0 (17-25, 22-25, 24-26)
Charleston Southern closed out the Big Orange Bash on Saturday afternoon falling to UNC Wilmington in Jervey Gym, 3-0.
Siraya Windsor and Katrina Houston had eight kills apiece in the match to lead the CSU offense, while Meredith Parrott added six kills as the Bucs hit .113 from the floor as a team. Brooke Green (13) and Cassidy Greer (12) combined for 25 assists on the floor, while Ashley Higginbothem led the Bucs with 13 digs. Windsor added 11 digs, while Kylie Klein and Connor Malone had three blocks apiece.
Meredith Peacock led the Seahawks with 11 kills, while Nicole Lott had 10 kills to pace UNCW to the win. Alyssa Desjardins (19) and Bella Borgiotti (15) combined to set up the offense, while Sydney Alvis had 19 digs to lead the backline.
The Bucs and the Seahawks battled throughout the first set, sitting at a standstill 15-15 following a kill by Addison Kaderli and a UNCW service error. However, the Seahawks took 10 of the final 12 points in the frame in taking the 1-0 lead.
The second set went back-and-forth between the two teams with the Bucs posting a three-point lead at 8-5 following a Parrott kill. The teams tied five times in the frame with the final coming at 16-16 on a CSU error. UNCW took the 23-17 lead late in the frame, but the Bucs fought back with five of the next six points on a pair of Windsor kills and a block by Malone and Klein. However, Peacock clinched the set with a kill to put the Seahawks up 2-0.
Charleston Southern came out of the break on fire as the Bucs took a 9-5 lead early in the set on a Klein and Houston block. The Bucs lead stretched to five points at 15-10 on a Klein kill as CSU kept the lead throughout a majority of the match. The Bucs took it to service point at 24-23 on a Windsor ace, but the Seahawks were able to rally and take the final three points to win the match.