CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell on Senior Night to visiting Coastal Carolina on Friday night in the Buc Dome, dropping a three-set decision to the Chanticleers 25-13, 25-22, 25-21.
The Buccaneers recognized seniors Meredith Parrott, Ashley Higginbothem, Cassidy Greer and Katrina Houston prior to the match against the Chants in their final home match of their collegiate career. The Bucs' quartet of seniors have made their mark throughout the CSU career record books with Higginbothem sitting second all-time in career digs, Parrott sixth all-time in kills, Greer fifth all-time in assists and Houston 10th all-time in career kills.
In Friday's match, Parrott paced the CSU offense on the night with 13 kills and a .355 hitting percentage. Addison Kaderli and Kylie Klein both added six kills apiece on the night as the Bucs hit .183 from the floor as a team. Greer set up the offense with 30 assists, while Parrott, Taylor Allman and Madison Martin had two service aces apiece in the match.
Martin paced the CSU defensive efforts with a match-high 18 digs, while Higginbothem finished the night with eight from the floor. Greer and Klein led the Bucs at the net with three blocks apiece.
Leah Hardeman led all players on the night with 15 kills and 12 digs in completing the double-double for the Chants. Annayka Legros added 10 kills and a .667 hitting percentage as Coastal Carolina hit .377 as a team in the match. Sara Boothe set up the offense with 43 assists, while Lian Bernett was the team leader with 13 digs on the night.
Coastal Carolina seized control of the first set early behind six kills from Hardeman in building the 1-0 lead with the 25-13 set win. The Bucs pulled within three at 10-7 following one of Parrott's three kills in the frame, but the Chants closed out the set with a 15-6 run capped back back-to-back Hardeman kills to take the set.
The Chants built a 16-8 lead midway through the second set before the Buccaneers came rallying back. CSU went on an 11-3 run with Parrott and Martin guiding the Bucs comeback with two aces apiece. Parrott added two late kills in the set and Kaderli connected on one to make it 24-22 Coastal, before Eszter Nagy closed out the set win to give the Chants to 2-0 lead.
The third set swung back and forth with 16 ties and five lead changes. The Bucs held their largest lead of the set at 18-16 following a combined block from Parrott and Greer. The Chants responded with three straight points setting off a final span where the lead switched sides twice with the Bucs going up 21-20 on Allman's lone kill of the night. However, the Chants rallied with the final five points to complete the sweep.
CSU heads to the road to finish the 2015 regular season with the Bucs traveling to High Point and Campbell next weekend. CSU takes on High Point on Thursday evening with first serve set for 7 p.m., while the Bucs close out the regular season at Campbell on Saturday with first serve at 4 p.m.