CONWAY, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in Big South Conference play on Friday night, dropping a three-set decision to host Coastal Carolina inside The HTC Center, 25-13, 25-22, 25-13.
Ashley Higginbothem became just the third Buccaneer to surpass 1,500 digs in her career at CSU in the first set. The redshirt senior libero joined Amanda Hill (1,535) and Carrie O'Connell (1,833) as the only Buccaneers to achieve the mark after recording two digs in the first set.
Krista Kuglin led the CSU (4-15, 0-3) offense with 13 kills on the night as the freshman outside hitter connected at a .355 clip from the floor. Cassidy Greer set up the offense with 21 assists, while the Bucs were held without a block from the net for the first time all season.
Annayka Legros led Coastal Carolina (13-4, 5-0) with 10 kills as the Chants hit .314 as a team in the match. Sara Boothe set up the offense with 29 assists, while Carla Cahill was the team leader with 12 digs.
CSU took the first two points of the first set, but the Chants responded with a 10-2 run behind Cahill's serve. Eszter Nagy had a trio of kills during the span to give Coastal the 10-4 lead. The Bucs rallied back to make it a four-point margin at 11-7 following Madison Martin's service ace, but the Chants took control from there, building a double-digit lead on their way to the 25-13 set win.
The second set went back and forth between the teams as CSU and Coastal battled through 17 ties and eight lead changes in the frame. Coastal built their largest lead of the set at 8-6 following a kill from Leah Hardeman, while CSU held the late 21-20 lead following the Kuglin kill. In the end, Coastal scored four of the final five points with Hardeman putting in the final score as CSU trailed 2-0 at the break.
Another late Coastal run clinched the third set for the Chanticleers as the Bucs fell in the frame, 25-13.
CSU returns home tomorrow afternoon as the Buccaneers host S.C. State at the Buccaneer Field House with first serve set for 5 p.m.