COLUMBIA, S.C. - Career-high efforts from Katrina Houston and Ashley Higginbothem were not enough for Charleston Southern in their tournament opener against Wofford as the Buccaneers fell in five sets to the Terriers at the Carolina Classic, 17-25, 16-25, 31-29, 25-21, 15-11.
Houston connected on 28 kills with the senior right side hitter connecting at a .233 hitting percentage in pacing the Buccaneers offense on the afternoon. The Buccaneers hit .245 from the floor as a team but were unable to keep up their momentum over the first two sets in suffering the loss.
Higginbothem recorded her second 30-plus digs match in the 2015 season, recording 33 of CSU's 94 digs in the match against the Terriers. The redshirt senior libero's total was the second highest total in CSU program history, trailing only Taylor Allman's 36 recorded last season against Presbyterian.
Kylie Klein had 15 kills in the match and Meredith Parrott had 12 as CSU lead in all five sets against the Terriers. Cassidy Greer set up the offense with 53 assists, while Houston recorded her first double-double of the season with 18 digs.
Lauren Miller led Wofford with 20 kills, while Danni Densford (12) and Alex Holland (11) were in double-digits in the kills category. Molly Mayo set up the offense with 47 assists, while Jessica Graham was the team leader with 27 digs.
CSU closes out the Carolina Classic tomorrow afternoon against South Carolina at 1:30 p.m. and East Carolina at 4:30 p.m.
The Buccaneers raced out to a 17-10 lead in the first set on back-to-back kills from Parrott. The lead reached double-digits at 21-11 on one of Houston's seven first set kills as CSU closed out the 25-17 set win.
CSU stretched out an eight-point lead twice in the second set before Addison Kaderli put away the final kill to cap the 25-16 set win to take the 2-0 lead.
Wofford held a 24-21 lead toward the end of the third set before CSU rallied for three straight points with Parrott recording a kill and an ace to send the match into extra points. The teams swapped points five times before Miller and Bella Santoro put in back-to-back kills to give the set to Wofford.
CSU held a 20-12 lead in the fourth set before the Terriers fought their way back into the frame. Wofford battled back with a 13-1 run to take the set 25-21 to send the match into the fifth set.
Wofford led 8-7 at the crossover and continued to build their momentum late with Mayo providing the final point.