Big South Volleyball Produces Wins

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RADFORD DEFEATS GEORGE MASON, 25-17, 25-17, 25-15 | BOX SCORE

Freshman Cheyanne James put down a career-high 14 kills, while hitting over 30 percent, to lead the Radford volleyball team to its fifth sweep of the season on Friday afternoon over George Mason.  Set scores for the first match of the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational were 25-17, 25-17 and 25-15.

Defensively, Emily Carlin and Katelyn Meeks led the way with 15 digs each for RU.  Christine Beckham charted a match-high 17 assists and 10 digs for her second consecutive double-double.

Lana Zonjic found the floor for nine kills to lead the Patriots (2-9) in that category.  Lauren Goodell dished out 15 helpers, while Bernetta Moore tallied 14 digs.

With George Mason leading 11-10 in the first frame, the Highlanders (7-6) used a 10-1 run to go up 20-12.  The deficit was too deep for the Patriots to climb out of as Radford took a 1-0 lead in the match on a Jesse Miedema kill.

The Highlanders raced out to a 9-3 edge in the second stanza and stretched it to ten at 21-11, prompting a George Mason timeout.  After an attack error by Zonjic set up set point for Radford, the Patriots reeled off four straight points to make the score 24-17.

However, Miedema was there to answer the call like she did in the first set.  After Meeks distributed the pass over to her, Miedema hammered it down for the game-clinching point, giving the Highlanders a 2-0 lead in the match.

After scoring the first eight points of the third frame, Radford was poised to make the contest a quick one.  The Patriots trimmed the lead to six, 17-11, but RU claimed the next three points to end the rally.

With match point at stake, George Mason's Morghan Martin was met at the net by Emma Deininger and Savanna Burton.  The duo rejected the Patriot's attack for the match-clinching winner.

After a brief break, the Highlanders will return to the court facing Rutgers (11-1) in a 4:00 p.m. match this evening inside The Palestra.

WINTHROP DEFEATS N.C. A&T, 25-15, 25-8, 25-17 | BOX SCORE

In the first match of the day, the Eagles took on the North Carolina A&T Aggies.  After a tight start to the first set that had the teams tied 6-6, the Eagles went on a 10-3 run to open a 16-9 advantage over the Aggies.  Winthrop allowed N.C. A&T only six more points over the remainder of the first set and took the opening game 25-15.

Winthrop continued its momentum into the second set, jumping out to a 9-1 lead and after an Aggie point, went on another 9-0 run to open an 18-2 lead.  NC A&T was able to pick up a few points toward the end of the second set, but the lead was insurmountable.  Winthrop took the second set 25-8.  With the eight points allowed, it was the first time a Winthrop volleyball team held an opponent under 10 points in a set since the NCAA started scoring sets to only 25 points.

The Eagles started the third set strong again, jumping out to a 7-2 edge.  The Aggies got back as close as 8-6, but another Winthrop run sent the Eagles off to a 16-7 advantage.  Winthrop closed out the Aggies 25-17 in the third set to take the match 3-0.

Rachel Lenz led the Eagles with nine kills while Jennica Mullins had eight and Carolyn Weed had seven.  Mullins and Weed had solid offensive nights, hitting .538 and .545 respectively.  Stephanie Palmer led Winthrop with 16 assists and Catherine Bruise led the team with 15 digs.

 GARDNER-WEBB DEFEATS TENNESSEE TECH, 25-15, 26-24, 20-25, 25-20 | BOX SCORE

 The Gardner-Webb volleyball team posted two wins on Friday at the Samford Bulldog Invitational in Birmingham, Ala., as the Runnin' Bulldogs defeated Tennessee Tech, 3-1, and then easily handled Alcorn State in straight sets, 3-0, in the night cap.

The two wins pushes GWU to 4-10 overall on the year and extends its winning streak to three-straight matches in a row.

Gardner-Webb used a strong first set and a 10-0 run in the fourth set to defeat the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech, 3-1 in the two teams' first match of the Samford Bulldog Invitational.

GWU took the first two sets, 25-15 and 26-24, and after dropping the third set 20-25, bounced back with a 10-0 run in the fourth set to defeat the Golden Eagles 25-20 and take a 3-1 match victory.

Junior right side hitter Emily Holte continued her strong season, as she led the Runnin' Bulldogs with a career-high 14 kills and a career-high five total blocks, while fellow junior Erin Anderson added 10 kills and a service ace in the four set win.  Sophomore Heather Feldman dished out 41 set assists and posted 10 digs, while freshman libero Anna Pashkova added 17 digs for the Runnin' Bulldogs.

 Tennessee Tech had two players with double-digit kills in Kelsey Gray and Ellen Conti, while libero Courtney Smith recorded a match-high 19 digs in the loss.

The Runnin' Bulldogs got off to a slow start in the opening set, as the Golden Eagles took an early 2-0 lead out of the gates.   However, Gardner-Webb responded with a 7-0 run, which included a kill from Anderson, Holte, and Amanda Murphy, to take a 7-2 lead over Tennessee Tech.

GWU would push its lead to 12-6 by way of five total kills, two from Holte and one each from Carolina Solano, Tyler Cockrell and Anderson, as the Runnin' Bulldogs had an answer for every Golden Eagle point.

After a 4-1 run by the Golden Eagles, which included back-to-back service aces from Madison Keyes, cut the GWU lead to three at 13-10, another kill by GWU's Anderson jump started a 4-2 run by the Runnin' Bulldogs allowing Gardner-Webb to stay out in front by five at 17-12 and force a Tennessee Tech timeout.

Five straight points, including two consecutive service aces from Holte, allowed the Runnin' Bulldogs to run out to a 22-12 lead on its way to a 25-15 set win.

The Runnin' Bulldogs posted 13 kills and a team attack percentage of .375 in the opening game.

Gardner-Webb again got off to a slow start in the second set, as the Golden Eagles took a 6-4 lead on back-to-back GWU attack errors.

A kill by Anderson tied the score up at 7-7 and then after a TTU error pushed the Runnin' Bulldogs in front by one at 8-7, the Golden Eagles retook the lead at 9-8 and stayed in front over the next several rallies tolead by two at 15-13.

After a point was awarded to Gardner-Webb on a Tennessee Tech rotation error, GWU picked up a kill from freshman outside hitter Callie Hildebrand to retie the score up at 15-15.

The Golden Eagles would retake the lead at 17-16 and stay out in front for the next several rallies, until a 4-0 run, highlighted by two kills from Anderson, pushed the Runnin' Bulldogs back in front at 21-19.

A 3-0 spurt by the Golden Eagles would put the visitors back in front at 24-23 and give Tennessee Tech set point.

GWU fought off three straight set points, using an Anderson kill and back-to-back attack errors by the Golden Eagles to earn the hard fought 26-24 set win and take a 2-0 match lead.

The Runnin' Bulldogs again fell behind early in the third set, as a ball handling error by GWU put the Golden Eagles in front by two at 5-3.

Two straight kills by Cockrell and Solano, followed by a set error by Tennessee Tech, put the Runnin' Bulldogs in front by one at 6-5.

The Golden Eagles controlled the next several rallies, as Tennessee Tech used an 9-6 run to fly out to a 17-11 lead over the Runnin' Bulldogs.   However, GWU refused to go away, as a kill by Holte got the Gardner-Webb offense on track, as five straight points cut the Tennessee Tech lead to one at 17-16.

Out of a Tennessee Tech timeout, the Golden Eagles pulled back out in front by four at 21-17 on two straight kills from Cody Dodd, putting space between them and the Runnin' Bulldogs.

Back-to-back TTU errors put the Runnin' Bulldogs within two at 21-19, however, the Gardner-Webb would not get any closer for the rest of the set, as the Golden Eagles finished out the frame with a 4-1 run to take a 25-20 set win and force a fourth set.

Tennessee Tech carried over the momentum from the third set win to take a 12-5 lead in the start of the fourth set on three straight Gardner-Webb errors.

Looking to get back into the set, Gardner-Webb battled back with a huge 10-0 run, highlighted by two kills from Murphy, to come from seven point behind to take a three point lead at 15-12 over the Golden Eagles.

Kills from Murphy, Molly Rhyne and Cockrell pushed the Runnin' Bulldogs in front by five at 20-15, as Gardner-Webb looked to put both the set and match away.

Golden Eagles cut the GWU lead to three on several occasions, yet the Runnin' Bulldogs refused to relinquish the lead, finishing the set out on a 4-1 run to earn the 25-20 set win and a 3-1 match victory.

Despite giving up eight service errors and facing a total of 14 team blocks by the Golden Eagles, the Runnin' Bulldogs were strong at the net with 14 block assists and 49 kills for the afternoon.

GARDNER-WEBB DEFEATS ALCORN STATE, 25-9, 25-11, 25-6 | BOX SCORE  

Riding high off of the 3-1 match win over Tennessee Tech earlier in the evening, Gardner-Webb demolished Alcorn State, 3-0; sweeping the Braves 25-9, 25-11 and 25-6 in the win.

The Runnin' Bulldogs were led by three service aces a piece from senior Dominique Bray and freshman Devin Judge, as well as six kills from Tyra Montour and five from Hildebrand in the three set win.

For the Braves, Kenya Parker had a team-high four kills, while Jaclyn Kuzniar tallied a team-high nine digs in the loss.

The Runnin' Bulldogs dominated the first set, as GWU posted a .348 attack percentage in a 25-9 route of the Braves in the opening set.

GWU ran out to a 4-0 lead to open the match on a Holte kill, then pushed its lead to seven at 8-1 on back-to-back Alcorn State attack errors.

Alcorn State responded with a 4-0 run of its own to cut the GWU lead to three at 8-5, however, a 4-2 run by the Runnin' Bulldogs, capped off by two straight service aces, kept GWU in front by six at 12-6.

Again Alcorn State would put together back-to-back points to cut the Gardner-Webb lead to four at 12-8, yet the Runnin' Bulldogs would answer with perhaps its best play of the season, allowing the Braves only one more point for the remainder of the set.

With the score at 12-8, Gardner-Webb used a kill by Solano and an ace from Bray to put the lead at 14-8.

After a kill from Parker of Alcorn State put the score at 14-9, Gardner-Webb finished the set off with an 11-0 run to roll to a 25-9 set one win.

In the 11-0 run, GWU got five total kills from the combination of Anderson and Montour, while taking full advantage of six Alcorn State errors in the double-digit run.

GWU carried over the momentum from the first set blowout to the second set, as the Runnin' Bulldogs ran out to a 4-1 lead on a Hildebrand kill.

After a kill by Judge pushed the Runnin' Bulldogs lead to six at 8-2, Alcorn State put together a kill and a service ace to cut the Gardner-Webb lead to five at 12-7.

Alcorn State would cut the lead to five once more at 14-9, yet would not get any closer for the rest of the set, as GWU again used a big offensive run to pull away for the double digit set win.

A Braves' service error would put the Runnin' Bulldogs up 15-9 and jump-start an 11-2 run over the rest of the set, which included six straight points highlighted by three service aces from Judge, en route to a25-11 second set win.

Looking to finish the match strong, Gardner-Webb refused to let up, as the Runnin' Bulldogs stormed out to a 9-1 lead on a kill by Solano to start the third set.

After a kill by Alcorn State's Deamber Doughty stopped the GWU run and put the score at 9-2, Gardner-Webb outscored the Braves 7-1 over the next eight rallies to take a demanding 16-3 lead on back-to-back aces from Bray.

Another Doughty kill put the score at 16-4 in favor of the Runnin' Bulldogs, but did not stop the scorching GWU offense, as GWU finished the set out on a 7-0 run, sparked by three kills from Rhyne off the bench in the 25-6 win.

The Runnin' Bulldogs posted a season-high .400 attack percentage overall in the third set, while only allowing Alcorn State threetotal kills in the frame.

For the match, the Runnin' Bulldogs posted 11 service aces, a season-high, and recorded a season-low 13 total errors (attack errors, service errors, receiving errors, ball handling errors and block errors).

Gardner-Webb (4-10) will return to the court tomorrow afternoon, as the Runnin' Bulldogs will look to make it four wins in a row as they will take on the Samford Bulldogs at 3 p.m. in the final day of the Samford Bulldog Invitational in Birmingham, Ala.

HIGH POINT DEFEATS DAVIDSON, 25-21, 25-20, 29-27 | BOX SCORE

The High Point University volleyball team earned a 3-0 win at Davidson on Friday at the Wildcat Classic in Davidson, N.C.  Three Panthers put up double-digit kills to lead HPU over the Wildcats in front of an energetic crowd at Belk Arena.

Senior Courtney Johnk and sophomore Kristin Heldt had 12 kills each and sophomore Chelsea Davis added 11. High Point hit .221 in the match with 50 kills while holding Davidson to a .160 attack percentage with 36 kills.

Davidson pushed High Point until the end, forcing extra points in the third set but HPU held on to sweep the Wildcats 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 29-27).  The Panthers improve to 9-4 on the season.

In the final set there were five set points before HPU won the frame, 29-27, on a Davidson ball handling error.  Michelle Chakirelis and Heldt had kills to fight off the two Davidson set points and Heldt's final kill of the night gave HPU a 28-27 lead.

High Point took an 11-10 lead in the first set on a kill by Johnk and held the advantage for the rest of the frame.  The Panthers stretched the lead to five, 19-14, and used that buffer to hold off a late Davidson run.  The Wildcats cut the lead to one, 22-21, after an HPU service error.  High Point scored the final three points of the set to win 25-21.  Simpson and Chakirelis blocked an attack by Rachel Earnhardt for the final point.

The second set was a defensive battle but High Point edged Davidson, 25-20.  As a team, HPU hit .282 with 17 kills to win the frame.  With the score tied 19-19, the Panthers went on a 6-1 run to win the set.  Simpson had two kills in the run and HPU again finished the frame with a block, this time a solo block by Jamie McDonald.

Freshman Annemarie Chin recorded a team-high 16 digs and freshman Wavie Chin came up with 13 digs in the win.  Chakirelis hit .400 with seven kills and redshirt-sophomore Maddie Simpson posted 38 assists, five kills, nine digs and two blocks.  McDonald finished the match with three kills and six blocks.

The Wildcat Classic continues on Saturday with matches against Green Bay and NCCU.  High Point will face Green Bay at 10 a.m. and North Carolina Central at 3 p.m.  Green Bay beat NCCU in three sets on Friday.

WINTHROP DEFEATS MERCER, 25-17, 25-23, 25-14 | BOX SCORE

Sophomore Jennica Mullins set a single-match blocks record Friday and the Winthrop volleyball team picked up two big victories over North Carolina A&T and Mercer on the first day of the Winthrop Classic.

In the second match of the day for the Eagles, Mullins recorded 12 total blocks against the Bears, setting a Winthrop record in a three-set match, breaking the old mark of nine set back in 2003 by Lindsey Remmers.

In the second match of the evening, the Eagles easily took the first set from the Mercer Bears. After going up 5-2, the Winthrop extended its lead to as much as nine at 16-7. Mercer pulled back a few points late in the set but the Eagles were able to come away with a 25-17 first-set victory.

The second set looked to easily be going the way of the Eagles, but the Bears fought back hard. The two teams were tied 6-6 before Winthrop went on a 5-1 run to go up 11-7. The Eagles extended their lead to 17-11 before Mercer went on a 9-1 run to take a 20-18 lead. The Eagles bent but didn't break as Winthrop held strong and came back to tie the set at 23-23 before taking the final two points to win the second set 25-23.

The Eagles had little trouble with the Bears in the final set. Winthrop jumped out to an early 6-1 lead, but Mercer fought back to get within 7-5, but that was as close as it got. Winthrop took the final set 25-14.

Mullins led the Eagles with her 12 total blocks and also added four kills. Kristin Cruse led the Eagles with eight kills while Stephanie Palmer also added seven. Palmer also led in assists with 21 and Monica Cardona led in blocks with 17.

The Eagles will continue in their tournament Saturday with matches against the North Florida Ospreys at 3 p.m. and the Western Carolina Catamounts at 7 p.m.

CAMPBELL DEFEATED BY APPALACHIAN STATE, 19-25, 10-25, 17-25 | BOX SCORE

The Campbell volleyball team fell to 5-8 on the season following a 3-0 (19-25, 10-25, 17-25) loss to Appalachian State on Friday in the opening match of the Black & Gold Challenge at Reynolds Gym.  Freshman Renatta Laport registered a season-high 12 digs for the Camels against the Mountaineers (2-8).

Aiding the defense in the back row were juniors Chelsey Pachoud with seven digs and Heather Wilson with six digs.  Freshman Sam Zuber posted a season-high two solo blocks for the Camels.

The offense was set up by Wilson, who totaled 14 assists.  Notching five kills each were junior Lindsey Coats and sophomores Lorin Thomas and Jessica Groen.

Freshmen Katelyn Layden and Zuber each registered three kills as the Camels struggled on the offensive end, committing 25 mistakes in the match.

Appalachian State was led by Dalton Tolliver and Jacqui Spurgeon, who each posted double-digit kills.  The duo of Paige Brown and Lauren Brown combined for 23 assists, while Courtney Rhein added 13 digs.

The Camels play two contests on Saturday at the Black and Gold Challenge, starting with host Wake Forest at 12:30 p.m. before facing Toldeo at 4:30 p.m.

Campbell opens its home schedule on Sept. 21 against Big South-foe High Point at 7 p.m. inside the John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center.  The Camels finish off the weekend with two matches against N.C. Central and N.C. A&T beginning at noon the following afternoon.

COASTAL CAROLINA DEFEATED BY MARSHALL, 14-25, 19-25, 18-25 | BOX SCORE

The Coastal Carolina volleyball team opened up the East Carolina Invitational with a 3-0 loss to Marshall University. Junior Lauren Alejo posted a double-double with 13 assists and 11 digs.

The Chants' record fell to 1-6 on the season while the Thundering Herd improved to 10-4. Marshall took the match in straight sets 25-14, 25-19 and 25-18.

Freshman Monica Hall led the Chanticleers with five kills while adding three block assists and three digs. Sophomore Katie Martin and freshman Gabriella Horvath each added four kills to the Chants effort.

Senior libero Jamie DiMaggio had a team-high 20 digs while junior Sam Skryd added 13.

The Chants out-blocked the Herd 9-6 with junior Kindra Bailey leading the way with two solo blocks and three block assists.

CCU battled with Marshall early in the first set but with the Chants leading 8-7 the Herd began a 16-2 run to take a commanding 23-10 lead. The Chants scored four of the last six points but it would not be enough as Marshall went on to win the set 25-14.

Marshall began the second set with a 5-1 run and held the lead the rest of the set. CCU was able to cut the lead to two at 6-4, 7-5 and 17-15 but that would be as close as the Chants would get as the Herd won 25-19.

The third set was much like the first with the Chants hanging in early and the Herd pulling away with a late run. The Herd trailed just twice in the set at 4-3 and 5-4. Marshall would close out the match with a 25-18 victory.

The Chanticleers will return to action tomorrow, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. as they take on UMBC and host East Carolina.

RADFORD DEFEATED BY RUTGERS, 22-25, 21-25, 23-25 | BOX SCORE

Despite falling in three sets, the Radford volleyball team gave Rutgers all it could handle on Friday evening as the Highlanders led late in each set before faltering down the stretch in the second match of the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational.  Set scores were 22-25, 21-25 and 23-25.


Cheyanne James and Emily Carlin led the Radford attack with eight kills apiece, while Carlin chipped in 13 digs. Defensively, Katelyn Meeks contributed a season-high 22 digs to up her career total to 1,219, 81 shy of second place in the record books.

Christine Beckham was the lead setter for the Highlanders with 16 helpers, while adding nine digs. Jena Braden crossed into double figures in assists with 14.

Sarah Schmid (15), Alex Lassa (11) and Alex Jones (10) each recorded double-digit kills for the Scarlet Knights (12-1). Lassa added 13 digs for a double-double.  Ali Schroeter chipped in a match-high 23 digs, while Stephanie Zielinski poured out a double-double of 41 assists and 15 digs.

Radford (7-7) pounced on a 4-0 lead quickly in the first set, but Rutgers would battle until it took its first lead at 9-8.  With the score 12-11 in favor of Rutgers, the BIG EAST squad went on a 5-1 run to extend its lead to five and force a Highlander timeout.

Out of the break in action, Radford rallied and got to within two of the Scarlet Knights.  However, a Lassa kill would end the threat and give Rutgers the 1-0 lead in the match.

The second stanza was an intense one with neither team establishing a lead greater than two almost halfway through the set.  With the score tied at 12, the Highlanders would win five of the next seven points to take a 17-14 edge.

The Scarlet Knights reclaimed the lead, however, at 21-20.  The next point went to Rutgers as well, but Carlin ended the bleeding when she found the floor to draw back within one at 22-21.  Kills by Lassa and Schmid, and an attack error from their opposition, gave the Scarlet Knights a 2-0 lead in the match heading into intermission.

The third frame started like the second as both squads found it difficult to establish separation.  Three straight Rutgers errors and a Savanna Burton kill generated a 12-8 lead for the Highlanders.  Radford stretched that lead to 19-13, before the Scarlet Knights came storming back.

Schmid ignited an 8-1 run that allowed Rutgers to reclaim the lead, 21-20.  With the set tied at 23, the Scarlet Knights put an end to the match via kills from Jones and Lassa.

The Highlanders wrap up the tournament tomorrow against host Penn at 11:00 a.m.

PRESBYTERIAN DEFEATED BY MICHIGAN STATE, 15-25, 21-25, 16-25 | BOX SCORE

The Presbyterian College volleyball team opened the Holiday Inn Charleston/Mt. Pleasant Tournament with a loss to Michigan State.  The Blue Hose fell by scores of 15-25, 21-25 and 16-25 in a hard-fought match.

PC falls to 2-11, while Michigan State stays unbeaten at 10-0.

Presley Mabrey had a solid performance, leading both teams with 12 kills.  Ashtin Frank posted 25 kills, while Mary Trimpe added 14 digs. PC hit .090 as a team, compared to .245 for the Spartans.

Down 1-6 early in game one, the Blue Hose, highlighted by two kills by Mabrey, fought back to cut the lead to three, 10-7, before Michigan State rallied with a 3-1 run to take the lead to six at 13-7.

PC cut the deficit to four at 12-16 and again at 13-17, but the Spartans used back to back kills to make it a six-point game again at 13-19.  Another successful attack by Mabrey made it 14-19, but MSU Capitalized on a PC serving error with a kill by Taylor Galloway to take the seven-point, 21-14 lead.

Michigan State scored the next four of five points, including the last three straight off a kill and two PC miscues, to take the 25-15 game one win.

PC Started game two almost the same as game one, as the Blue Hose were down 1-5.  The Blue Hose took advantage of several MSU errors and a kill by Mabrey, to rally back and take a 7-6 lead.

PC and MSU fought back and forth with the Blue Hose tying it for the sixth time at 15-15.  Back to back kills by MSU made it a two-point game, 17-15.  Two kills by Amy Dentlinger increased the Spartans' lead to three, 21-18, before a Berryman service ace and a kill by Mabrey made it a one-point game, 20-21.

That would be as close as the Blue Hose would get, as the Spartans won the next four of five points to earn the 25-21 game two victory.

Five kills helped the Blue Hose stay in game three early on, trailing by just one, 9-8, at one point.  The Spartan offense came alive with six kills of its own to help MSU build a 16-9 lead off the 7-1 run.

PC fought back to make it a five-point 13-18 game, off kills by Rachel Hall, Andrea Barman and Mabrey but the rally was short-lived as MSU held the Blue Hose to just three more points as the Spartans rattled off seven to win the game and match 25-16.

The Blue Hose continue tournament action Saturday when they play host Cougars at 12:00 p.m., and Georgetown at 4:30 p.m.

UNC ASHEVILLE DEFEATED BY TOWSON, 18-25, 16-25, 22-25 | BOX SCORE

America East power Towson was able to win three close sets as the Tigers downed UNC Asheville 3-0 in the first match of the Hilton University 49ers Invitational Friday afternoon.  Towson won 25-18, 25-16, 25-22.

The Bulldogs (4-10) were led by junior Anna Moore.  Moore had 14 kills and just one error in 23 swings. She also had three blocks.

Meredith Foster added seven kills for Asheville.  Alex Stewart sparked the Bulldog defense with 13 digs.  Freshman setter Katie Davis had 30 assists.

The Bulldogs play twice on Saturday as they'll face host Charlotte at 12:30 p.m. and then take on Kennesaw State at 4:30 p.m.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN DEFEATED BY WOFFORD, 14-25, 25-22, 16-25, 16-25 | BOX SCORE

Katrina Houston led the Buccaneers with eight kills as the Charleston Southern volleyball team opened up the East Bay Deli Invitational on Friday evening against Wofford, but the Terriers took the win in the Buccaneer Field House behind double-digit kill efforts by Amanda Liguori and Taylor Baird as CSU fell in four sets, 25-14, 22-25, 25-16, 25-16.

Charleston Southern (4-8) hit .062 from the floor as a team in the match, paced by Houston's eight kills, while Wynter Davis added seven kills as the Buccaneers struggled to find their mark against Wofford's (6-3) blockers as the Terriers recorded 15 total blocks in the match.

A kill by Rachel Woodlee in the first set helped the Terriers become the first team to reach 10 as Wofford jumped ahead 10-6 early in the match.  The Lady Bucs rallied to cut the lead down to two at 10-8 following a kill by Houston, but Wofford responded with a 9-2 run, capped by a kill by Wendy Burnett in building a 19-10 set lead as the Terriers went up 1-0 following their 25-14 set victory.

With the score tied at 9-apiece, the Buccaneers took control on Kirstin Struksnes' serve as Charleston Southern built a 14-11 lead following a Wofford service error.  CSU built a five point lead at 21-16, but the Terriers battled back, cutting the match to two at 24-22 following a kill by Arden Anderson.  However, Meredith Parrott closed out the set with a final kill to even the score following the 25-22 set win.

A seven-point swing put the third set directly in Wofford's favor as the Terriers came back from an 11-9 deficit with a 9-1 run, including seven consecutive points on Kelsey Bagwell's serve as Liquori put Wofford up 18-12 with a kill.  CSU answered with three of the next four points as Laura Grace Swindler placed in a service ace to cut the lead to 19-15, but another 4-0 run capped by kills by Tara Gough and Liguori led to the final block by Elizabeth Buterbaugh and Anderson as the Terriers took the third set, 25-16.

In the final set of the evening, a 5-0 run put Wofford up 17-9 and the Terriers closed out the match with four consecutive points in recording the 25-16 victory and 3-1 match win over the host Buccaneers

Kirsten Struksnes set up the Buccaneers offense with 27 set assists from the floor, while Kayla Klinger led the team from the back row with seven digs.  Ashley Higgenbothem and Maggie Murphy added five digs apiece, while Sydney Tracy and Davis led the Buccaneers with two blocks apiece in the loss.

Charleston Southern continues the East Bay Deli Invitational tomorrow afternoon as the Lady Bucs host Stetson at 3 p.m. in the Buccaneer Field House.  CSU closes out the tournament tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. against local rival The Citadel.