Four Blue Hose tallied double-digit kills, as well as digs, to propel the Presbyterian College volleyball team to the 3-1 win over Charleston Southern in the Big South opener Friday night in Charleston, S.C. PC took the first set, 25-20, with CSU earning the 26-24 win in set two. The Blue Hose rallied to take the final two sets, 25-18, and 25-17.
PC improves to 6-7 overall and 1-0 in the league, while CSU drops to 6-10, 0-1. The Blue Hose stay on the coast as they take on Coastal Carolina Saturday at 1 p.m., in Conway, S.C.
Leading PC offensively was Rachel Hall with 16 kills and just four errors for a .293 hitting percentage. Ashton Stewart followed with 13 kills off 28 attacks, helping her to a team-leading .257 hitting percentage. Rachel Elshoff posted 12 kills, while Kelly Berryman ended the night with 10.
The Blue Hose rattled off 60 kills and just 21 errors for a .231 hitting percentage.
CSU was led by Meredith Parrott and Kylie Klein, both of whom posted 10 kills on the night. Cassidy Greer led in assists with 43, while Taylor Allman paced the team in digs with 36. The team recorded 48 kills and a .143 hitting percentage.
Leading by just one, 11-10, in the first set, PC used kills by Elshoff and Berryman, as well as three straight CSU attack errors, to jump out to a 17-10 lead. The Bucs cut the lead to four at 19-23, but PC took the next two of three points, including a set-ending kill by Hall, to take the first set 25-20.
A back and forth battle most of the second set, PC broke a 23-23 tie after CSU committed an attack error to give the Blue Hose set point. A PC service error knotted the set at 24-24, before a Blue Hose attack error and service ace by Allman gave CSU the 26-24 win.
A close set early, the third set was tied several times, the last at 13-13 off a Parrott kill. PC won the next seven of nine points to take a 20-15 lead. CSU would only muster three more points as the Blue Hose came away with the convincing 25-18 win.
PC led the fourth set from start to finish, even building an eight-point lead, 19-11. The Bucs were unable to cut the lead to less than six down the stretch, falling by the final 25-17 score, to drop the match to the Blue Hose.