CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell to crosstown rival College of Charleston on Tuesday night inside TD Arena, dropping a four set decision to the Cougars, 18-25, 8-25, 25-15, 18-25.
Katrina Houston led the Buccaneers (3-5) with 11 kills in the match, including five coming during an 11-1 CSU run to end the third set in the Bucs lone set win on the night. Houston added 10 digs to complete her first double-double of the season in the loss.
Addison Kaderli added nine kills from the floor, while Krista Kuglin had a career-high six kills from the floor for the Bucs as CSU hit .136 as a team in the match. Cassidy Greer set up the CSU offense with 33 assists and 10 digs, while Ashley Higginbothem (14) and Taylor Allman (12) were in double-digits in the digs category. Kylie Klein led CSU from the net with five blocks.
Melissa Morello led CofC (4-4) in the match with a double-double, finishing the night with 15 kills and 15 digs. Kennedy Madison (11) and Devon Rachel (10) were also in double-digits in kills, while Allison Beckman set up the offense with 44 assists. Britney Vallez led the backline with 22 digs.
College of Charleston scored 10 of the first 12 points to take control in the first set. The Bucs, led by Hannah Western's four kills, were unable to pull closer than six points through the rest of the set in falling in the opening frame, 25-18.
CofC again used early momentum in jumping out in the second set, taking a 19-2 lead in cruising to the 25-8 win and the 2-0 lead at the break.
The Buccaneers used an 11-1 run late in the third set in recording the set win and pulling back to within 2-1. Klein tied the frame up at 14-14 with a kill sparking the late charge with Houston putting in five kills. Kuglin closed out the set with the final kill to give CSU the 25-15 set win.
CofC pulled away in the fourth set, taking a 15-7 lead midway in the frame on their way to taking the 25-18 win.
Charleston Southern remains on the road this weekend as the Bucs make their longest road trip of the 2015 season heading to Phoenix, Ariz., and Grand Canyon University for the GCU Invitational. The Bucs open against host Grand Canyon on Friday at 7 p.m., while taking on Niagara and Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon.