The Presbyterian College women’s volleyball team beat the Charleston Southern Buccaneers in straight sets of 25-23, 25-15, 25-20 on Friday night in Templeton Center.
With the win, the Blue Hose improve to 10-13 on the season and 5-5 in Big South Conference action. The Buccaneers fall to 11-17 overall and 1-9 in the Big South.
Rachel Hall led the Blue Hose with 13 kills, while Kelly Berryman and Rachel Elshoff finished the match with eight and seven kills, respectively. Mary Trimpe came home with 18 digs in the win and Ashtin Frank had 35 assists. Mikayla Register also had three serving aces in the victory.
Charleston Southern was led by Meredith Parrott with eight kills. Ashley Higginbothem had 14 digs and Cassidy Greer finished the match with 15 assists for the visiting Buccaneers.
PC withstood a slight Charleston Southern comeback at the end of the first match to earn a 25-23 victory. PC got out to a 6-5 lead before scoring four unanswered points to take a 10-5 lead early in the set. The hosts led by no less than three points for most of the match until the Bucs scored four unanswered points to cut it to 24-23. Halle Trippe had the match-winning kill to claim the first set for the Blue Hose. In the first set, Berryman and Hall had four and three kills each, respectively.
Presbyterian controlled the tempo of the second set from the beginning. PC got out to a 10-4 set before the Buccaneers called a timeout to try and regroup. The Blue Hose led by as much as 12 in the second set near the end at 23-11. Hall contributed five kills and Elshoff added four in the 25-15 second-set win.
PC led by 10 points (20-10) in the final set, but the Buccaneers didn’t go down without a fight as they out-scored the Blue Hose 10-5 in the final stretch of the set to cut it to four points 24-20, before Berryman had the game-ending kill. Hall had five kills in the third set, while Berryman added four. Trimpe had seven digs in the final frame.
The Blue Hose will continue their weekend of Big South action when they host Coastal Carolina tomorrow night at 7 p.m.