CHARLESTON, S.C. - Meredith Parrott eclipsed 1,000 career kills in Charleston Southern's five set loss to UNC Asheville on Friday night as the Buccaneers dropped a hard-fought 15-25, 26-24, 25-23, 14-25, 15-13 match.
Parrott entered the match needing only five kills to become the sixth player in CSU volleyball history to reach 1,000 career kills and achieved the mark early in the second set. She joins Amanda Hill (2007-10), Carrie O'Connell (1991-94), Victoria Owens (1,179), Allison Arreola (1995-98) and Jenni Shepherd (2003-06) as the only Buccaneers to achieve the career milestone at Charleston Southern.
Parrott also led the Bucs (6-19, 1-7) with 20 kills as the senior middle blocker hit .457 from the floor in the match. Addison Kaderli finished the match 19 kills and 21 digs overall, while Connor Malone added 15 kills from the floor as the Bucs hit .217 from the floor as a team. Cassidy Greer recorded her fourth 50 assist match of the season as the senior setter matched a season-high with 55 assists from the floor.
Ashley Higginbothem added a match-high 26 digs from the floor to pace the Bucs' defensive efforts, while Cassidy Greer completed the double-double with 18 digs as the Bucs battled back into the match against the Bulldogs.
Madison Vaughn and Cameron Pryor had 11 kills apiece for Asheville (11-8, 4-3), while Catherine Fischer added 10 kills as the Bulldogs hit .201 as a team from the floor. Katie Davis (25) and Amanda Powers (21) combined for 46 assists, while Bryn Pfeiffer was the team leader with 21 digs. Vaughn nearly completed the double-double at the net, falling short with nine blocks in the match.
The Buccaneers came out swinging in the first set as CSU hit .355 overall in building a 9-3 advantage. The Bulldogs were able to cut the lead down to 14-10 following a Vaughn kill, but four kills apiece by Parrott and Katrina Houston led the Bucs to the 25-15 set win.
The second set featured six ties and five lead changes with most coming late in the frame as CSU held the 21-19 lead following a Kaderli kill. The Bulldogs rallied back on back-to-back Pryor blocks and held set point at 25-24 before Shelby Erickson put away the final point to send the teams into the break tied 1-1.
Asheville came out of the break scoring the first five points of the third set, but the Buccaneers rallied back tying the frame up at 18-18 on a Bulldogs' handling error. With the score tied 21-21, the Bulldogs took four of the final six points with Fischer putting in the final point of the set.
The Buccaneers responded with a dominant fourth set as CSU hit .462 from the floor paced by Parrott's seven kills on eight attacks. CSU broke open a 7-7 game by going on an 18-7 run to close out the set with Greer putting in the final kill in sending the teams into the fifth frame.
Asheville jumped ahead quickly in the fifth set scoring six of the first seven points, but the Buccaneers rallied back with a 6-1 run of their own capped by a Taylor Allman service ace to tie the match up at 7-7. Fischer put the Bulldogs ahead 8-7 to force the crossover, but the Buccaneers had a chance to take the contest as CSU went up 13-12 on a Malone kill. However, the Bulldogs rallied for the final three points to close out the match and the win.
Charleston Southern remains at home tomorrow afternoon as the Buccaneers host Gardner-Webb in the Buc Dome. First serve is set for 5 p.m.