Bucs top Winthrop for third straight Big South win; Higginbothem sets new CSU single season digs record

Bucs top Winthrop for third straight Big South win; Higginbothem sets new CSU single season digs record

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Meredith Parrott led Charleston Southern with 14 kills and Ashley Higginbothem set CSU's single season digs record on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers topped visiting Winthrop in the Buc Dome, 23-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-22.

The Bucs recorded their third straight Big South win with the victory over the Eagles as CSU rallied from a 13-3 deficit in the fourth set on their way to splitting the season series against Winthrop.

Addison Kaderli and Katrina Houston had 13 kills apiece for the Bucs (9-19, 4-7) as CSU out-hit the Eagles .178-.156 from the floor in the match. Cassidy Greer set up the CSU offense with 38 assists, while Kaderli completed the double-double with a match-high 25 digs from the backline. Parrott added a match-high six blocks for the Bucs over the four sets as CSU recorded a season-high 13 blocks against the Eagles.

Annelies Dokter led four Winthrop (9-17, 4-7) players in double-digits with 18 kills and 13 digs, while Nikki Drost had 12 kills and 19 digs in completing the double-double. Emma Weakland (14) and Rachel Lenz (12) were also in double-digits for the Eagles. Madilyn McCarty set up the offense with 52 assists, while Mallary McFadden had a team-high 21 digs.

All four sets were competitive from the outset with seven ties and four lead changes over the opening frame. The Eagles took their largest lead of the first set at 16-13 following a Lenz service ace. The Bucs rallied back to but it within one at 19-18 on a Parrott kill, but Winthrop was able to outlast CSU the rest of the way in holding on to the 25-23 set win.

The Bucs took control of the second set early in building a 12-6 advantage on Madison Martin's lone kill of the night. CSU held a five-point advantage late at 20-15 before the Eagles rallied back with a 9-2 run to take set point on back-to-back Lenz kills. CSU responded with five of the next seven points with Houston putting in the final kill to give the set to the Bucs.

Ten ties and five lead changes highlighted the third set with the final tie coming at 23-23 as Houston evened the set with a kill. A combined block by Houston and Parrott gave the Bucs set point and Houston put in the final kill to give CSU the 25-23 set win and 2-1 lead in the match.

Winthrop came out firing in the fourth set as the Eagles recorded the first seven points on their way to building a 13-3 lead. Parrott brought the Bucs back into the match with three kills sparking a 10-0 run as CSU evened the score midway through the set. The Bucs finally pulled away late following back-to-back combined blocks by Klein and Kaderli, and Klein and Malone, as CSU closed out the match with the 25-22 set win.

Charleston Southern continues their home stand on Tuesday night in non-conference play as the Buccaneers host The Citadel. First serve in the Buc Dome on the Big South Network is set for 7 p.m.

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