Bucs split on final day of the Elon Phoenix Classic; Parrott, Higginbothem named to All-Tournament team

Bucs split on final day of the Elon Phoenix Classic; Parrott, Higginbothem named to All-Tournament team

ELON, N.C. - Charleston Southern split their matches on the final day of the Elon Phoenix Classic, falling in the morning match to Wake Forest, while sweeping past N.C. Central in the afternoon tournament finale.

CSU's Meredith Parrott and Ashley Higginbothem were named to the Elon Phoenix Classic All-Tournament team after dominant performances on the weekend led the Bucs to a 2-1 overall record.

Parrott led the Bucs offense with 2.90 kills per set as the senior connected at a .407 rate from the floor. She also averaged 1.30 blocks per set on the weekend. Higginbothem led the CSU defense with 4.40 digs per set in garnering All-Tournament honors.

CSU remains on the road for their next match as the Buccaneers travel to TD Arena and College of Charleston on Tuesday night. First serve between the Bucs and the Cougars is set for 7 p.m.

Wake Forest 3, Charleston Southern 0 (17-25, 16-25, 18-25)
Meredith Parrott and Katrina Houston had six kills apiece to pace the Bucs in their early morning match against Wake Forest on day two of the Elon Phoenix Classic as CSU fell to the Demon Deacons on Saturday morning in straight sets.

The Buccaneers (2-4) struggled to connect in the match, hitting .061 from the floor as a team in the loss. Cassidy Greer led the Bucs with 14 assists from the floor, while Ashley Higginbothem was the team leader with eight digs in the match. Kylie Klein continued her dominance at the net in the early season with a match-high four blocks.

Matalee Reed led all players with 12 kills, while Kylie Long was also in double-digits with 10 for Wake Forest (3-2) as the Deacons hit .259 as a team in the win. Rachel Burau set up the offense with a team-high 22 assists, while Caroline Wolf was the team leader with 17 digs.

Charleston Southern held the lead early in the first frame, going up 9-7 on a Krista Kuglin kill. The Deacons rallied back to tie the set at 10-10, before going on a 15-7 run to take the first set.

The Bucs and Deacons again battled early in the second set with the teams swapping the first 14 points, sitting knotted at 7-7 following a block by CSU's Klein and Connor Malone. Wake again utilized a late run, with 11 of the final 16 points going their way in the second set victory.

The third set also swung the Deacons way with Katie Moore closing out the match with a kill to cap the 25-18 win.

Charleston Southern 3, N.C. Central 0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-14)
Meredith Parrott led the way with 13 kills, while Connor Malone led CSU with nine blocks as Charleston Southern closed out the Elon Phoenix Classic with a three-set sweep over N.C. Central on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gym.

Parrott led the Bucs (3-4) with a .478 hitting percentage in the match to pace the CSU offensive efforts, while Katrina Houston added eight kills in the three set win. Cassidy Greer set up the offense with 20 assists.

Defensively Ashley Higginbothem led the team with 14 digs, while Taylor Allman added 12 from the backline. Malone led three Bucs at the net with nine total blocks, while Parrott and Kylie Klein had seven blocks apiece in the match. The Bucs recorded a season-high 15 blocks overall in the match in holding the Eagles to a .071 hitting percentage.

Kelsey Murphy led N.C. Central (0-7) with 12 kills, while Kierra Shipman added 11 in the loss. Casey Curran led the team with 21 assists, while Tamika Brekke led the backline with 17 digs.

Charleston Southern utilized six Parrott kills in the first set in taking the opening frame from the Eagles. The Bucs tied the match up at 6-6 on a kill by Kaderli and took over from there, holding the lead the remainder of the set against NCCU in the 25-21 win.

 The Buccaneers took the first four points and held an 18-13 lead in the frame following a Houston kill. The Eagles rallied back, taking the five of the next six points to cut the deficit down to 19-18, before CSU rallied back behind a trio of Parrott kills to go into the break leading 2-0.

The third set was all Charleston Southern as the Bucs mounted a 10-2 run on their way to closing out the final set and completing the sweep.

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