Buccaneers drop weekend opener at Liberty in four sets

Buccaneers drop weekend opener at Liberty in four sets

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Charleston Southern fell in Big South play on Friday night inside the Vines Center, dropping a four set decision to host Liberty, 19-25, 30-28, 25-18, 25-13.

Katrina Houston led the Bucs (5-17, 0-5) with 16 kills in the match include 11 over the first two sets for the Bucs as CSU took the opening frame from the Flames. Addison Kaderli added 10 kills for CSU in the loss. Cassidy Greer set up the offense with 31 assists, while Taylor Allman finished the match with three service aces.

Ashley Higginbothem led the Bucs' backline with 25 digs, while Allman (11) and Cassidy Greer (10) were also in double-digits. Kylie Klein led CSU at the net with five blocks.

CSU continues Big South play on the road tomorrow against Radford in the Dedmon Center. First serve is set for 4 p.m.

Liberty (10-9, 5-1) was led by Caroline Douglas' 20 kill-12 dig effort in the match as the Flames hit .213 as a team from the floor. Haley Jeffcoat was also in double-digits with 11 kills and 15 digs in the match. Anna Willey set up the offense with 55 assists, while Margaret Latchford led all players with 31 digs. Jade Vorster led the Flames with eight total blocks.

CSU took control of the first set early, breaking a 9-9 match into a 17-11 advantage on an 8-2 run. Kills by Parrott, Klein and Kaderli sparked the stretch for CSU. Liberty brought the set back to within four at 21-17 on a kill by Vorster, but the Bucs went back up six points on their way to cruising to the 25-19 set win.

The second set featured eight ties and four lead changes with most coming late in the set as CSU built a 22-19 lead following Houston's kill. With the Bucs leading 23-21, the Flames battled back in taking the 25-24 set advantage. Parrott followed with a kill to send the match into extra play. CSU held set point once, while Liberty held the advantage three times before a Bucs' attack error ended the set in favor of the Flames, 30-28.

The close play continued early in the third set as the teams tied six times and tied twice before Liberty broke away. With the Flames leading 14-13, Liberty went on an 11-5 run capped by a Douglas kill to end the set.

CSU took the first three points as Kaderli put in a service ace, but the Flames responded by going up double-digits in the set on their way to closing out the four set win.

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