The Presbyterian College volleyball team opened its two-match road trip with a 3-0 loss at Charleston Southern Friday evening in Charleston, S.C. The Bucs took the three sets by wins of 25-16, 25-14, and 25-17.
PC falls to 3-21 overall and 1-9 in the Big South, while CSU improves to 8-19, 3-7. The Blue Hose are next in action at Coastal Carolina Saturday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m.
Leading the way for PC was Ashton Stewart with eight kills and a .438 hitting percentage, followed by Samantha Del Toro with six successful attacks. Sara Rogers added 25 assists, with Lena Gavin posting 10 digs. The Blue Hose ended the night with 30 kills, 20 errors, and a .098 hitting percentage.
With 46 total kills and a .402 hitting percentage, CSU had three players with double-digit kills, including Connor Malone and Addison Kaderli with 11 apiece. Meredith Parrott posted 10. Cassidy Greer added 36 assists, with Kaderli pacing the team in digs with 16. CSU had 7.0 total blocks and were led by Kylie Klein with four block assists.
Trailing 7-4 early in the first set, PC collected kills from Stewart, Rachel Elshoff, Sierra Davis and Martina Shamley as part of a 6-1 run to take a 10-8 lead. That would be the last lead for the Blue Hose as CSU used a 9-2 run to retake the lead at 17-12. PC recorded four more points in the set but could not overcome a CSU onslaught which included four kills from Parrott, as the Bucs earned the eventual 25-16 first set win.
Tied 4-4 in set two, CSU held PC to just three points as part of an 8-4 run to open up a 12-7 lead, extending it to 15-8, capped by a service ace from Parrott. Stewart cut the margin to six, 16-10, off her fifth kill of the night but the Bucs outscored the visitors, 9-4, down the stretch to come away with the 25-14 second set win.
Another close set got away from the Blue Hose, as a 7-7 tie in the third turned into a 19-11 lead for CSU, which included five straight from the Bucs. Trailing 22-13, Del Toro notched two kills in a row, with Mikayla Register adding a service ace, to cut the margin to 22-16. CSU scored the set’s next three of four points to take the 25-17 victory, and the match.