No. 8 Buccaneers fall in Big South Volleyball First Round to top-seed Chanticleers

No. 8 Buccaneers fall in Big South Volleyball First Round to top-seed Chanticleers

HIGH POINT, N.C. - No. 8 Charleston Southern saw their season come to an end Thursday afternoon as the Buccaneers fell to top-seed Coastal Carolina in the Big South Volleyball Championships first round in the Millis Center, 25-18, 25-16, 25-16.

Katrina Houston led the Bucs with eight kills and 11 digs in her final match in the CSU Blue and Gold, while fellow senior Meredith Parrott finished the match with seven kills and a solo block to pace the Bucs against the Chants.

Cassidy Greer set up the CSU (10-13) offense with 21 assists, while Ashley Higginbothem (11) and Madison Martin (11) both had 11 digs from the floor to lead CSU's defensive efforts.

Annayka Legros led three Chanticleers (23-4) on the afternoon in double-digits with 13 kills from the floor, while Leah Hardeman (12) and Lian Bernett (12) both contributed to a Coastal attack that connected at a .353 clip from the floor. Sara Boothe set up the offense with 37 assists, while Carla Cahill led four Chants in double-digits with 14 digs in the match.

CSU rallied from an 11-6 deficit in the first set with a 5-1 run to battle back against the Chants on Higginbothem's serve as the Bucs closed to within 12-11 midway through the opening frame. The Bucs and Chants traded points with Coastal's Legros and CSU's Houston putting in kills to keep the margin at one. However, the Chants bounced back with a 10-4 run to take control of the set on their way to the 25-18 win.

Coastal again utilized a run in the second set on their way to building a 13-6 lead following the kill from Natasa Savovic. The Bucs were able to cut the margin down to four at 14-10 following a combined block from Kylie Klein and Addison Kaderli, followed by a Houston kill, but that was as close as CSU was able to manage in going into the break trailing 2-0 following the Chants 25-16 set win.

Both teams battled through the first seven points of the third set with CSU holding the 4-3 lead following one of Houston's two service aces in the match. The Chants responded with a 6-1 run on Hardeman's serve to take control of the third set on their way to building a double-digit lead in closing out the match.

Klein finished the match with six kills and three block assists to add to her season totals. The sophomore middle blocker finished the season seventh all-time in the CSU single season record books with 97 block assists on the season and 13th in total blocks with 125.

Kaderli also climbed in CSU's single season record book, adding five kills on 18 attacks in the contest. The freshman outside hitter finished her first collegiate season 11th in the CSU single season record books with 1,082 attacks on the season.

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