CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern was unable to build off of a strong start on Tuesday night in the Buc Dome as the Buccaneers fell to Campbell in four sets, 26-28, 25-16, 25-21, 25-19.
The Bucs battled through the first set, holding set point twice in the opening frame before taking the opening frame. However, the Camels never trailed in the second and fourth sets, and used a late 6-0 run to take the third set in closing out the Big South win.
Ashley Higginbothem moved into second all-time in the CSU volleyball career record books in the digs category, passing CSU great Amanda Hill (1,535) in the first set. Higginbothem led all players with 22 digs, finishing the match with 1,551 in her career. The redshirt senior libero trails only Carrie O'Connell (1,833) in the record books with 11 matches to play.
Krista Kuglin led the Bucs (5-16, 0-5) with 10 kills on the night, while Katrina Houston had eight to pace the CSU offense. Cassidy Greer (15) and Brooke Green (11) combined for 26 assists from the floor. Madison Martin had a season-high four service aces in the loss.
Defensively, the Bucs had four players in double-digit digs with Taylor Allman (12), Martin (11) and Green (11) all joining Higginbothem in the category.
McKenzie Fell led Campbell's (6-12, 1-4) efforts on the evening with a team-high 11 kills as the Camels hit .152 from the floor as a team. Rebecca Ramirez had 26 of the Camels' 44 assists, while Mary Crema led the backline with 20 digs. The Camels combined for 14 blocks on the night, led by Jenny Tait's seven.
Charleston Southern and Campbell battled through 11 ties and five lead changes in the first with the Camels holding the largest advantage of the set at 13-9 following an Amelia Armstrong kill. CSU's largest lead came at 22-19 following a Camel attack error.
Campbell held set point at 24-23 following a Rachel Harty kill and 25-24 following Fell's final kill of the frame, before the Bucs took over. Addison Kaderli gave CSU their first set point of the frame and Kylie Klein added a late kill as CSU took the opening set 28-26.
The second set was all Campbell as the Camels broke a 9-6 game into a 20-13 advantage on their way to cruising to the 25-16 set win and a 1-1 tie at the break.
The third frame was similar to the first as the Bucs and Camels battled through 11 ties and eight lead changes. The Bucs went up 19-16 late in the frame on a Campbell attack error. The Bucs continued to press with kills from Parrott and Kaderli, but the Camels rattled off six straight points to end the set and give Campbell the 25-21 win.
Campbell took eight of the first nine points and built a double-digit lead early as the Camels went up 15-5 following a CSU attack error. The Bucs rallied late with a 5-0 run facing match point, but Katelyn Layden put in the final kill for the Camels to close out the match.
Charleston Southern heads to the road this weekend, traveling to Liberty on Friday and Radford on Saturday in Big South Conference play. First serve against the Flames in the Vines Center is set for 7 p.m. on ESPN3.