The Presbyterian College volleyball team topped Charleston Southern in four sets on Friday night at Templeton Center in Clinton, S.C. The Blue Hose claimed their first conference match of the season by set scores of 25-23, 11-25, 25-22 and 25-17.
PC improves to 3-11 overall and 1-0 in the Big South, while CSU fell to 4-13, 1-0. The Blue Hose are back in action Saturday as they host Coastal Carolina at the Templeton Center in a 2 p.m. match.
Rachel Elshoff led PC with a double-double of 11 kills and 12 digs, while Martina Shamley added nine kills on a .471 hitting percentage. Mikayla Register recorded a PC Division I era record seven service aces in the match while contributing 16 digs.
The Blue Hose totaled nine aces as a team, including three in the pivotal fourth set, while committing just five service errors. The Buccaneers totaled 11.0 blocks in the match but committed seven service errors to five aces to aid PC in the victory.
PC built and early 7-2 lead in the first and built it to a 17-8 margin for its largest of the set. Trailing 18-10, CSU rallied with six straight to pull to within two before PC answered back with three straight kills and a block to make it a 22-16 set. After a Blue Hose attack error, Shamley came back with a kill while Lena Gavin added a service ace to give PC set point. The Bucs used a kill and four straight PC attack errors to cut the deficit to one, 24-23. Elshoff quelled the rally with a kill to help PC survive for the 25-23 win.
Charleston Southern stormed out of the gates in set two, building a 14-5 lead and extending it to 20-7 before an Ashton Stewart kill made it 20-8. PC was unable to muster a rally, falling by the eventual 25-11 score.
A back and forth battler throughout, the third set saw 13 ties, with neither team able to take more than a two-point lead until the end. The last tie came at 21-21 off a Hannah Western kill. Elshoff collected back to back kills to quickly take PC up 23-21, before Katrina Houston answered with a kill of her own to make it 23-22. That would be it for CSU as Sierra Davis’ kill and Samantha Del Toro’s block iced the 25-22 third set win.
CSU came out strong in the fourth set, taking a 6-0 lead before Elshoff put PC’s first point on the board with a kill. The Blue Hose kept fighting and even took the 16-13 lead off kills from Elshoff and Shamley. PC built a 22-13 lead off a 7-0 run, helped in part to back to back service aces by Register. CSU made it 24-17 off three straight, but the Blue Hose took the 25-17 set and match off another Elshoff kill.