In its final two matches before the start of conference play next weekend, the Stetson volleyball team fell in straight sets to Charleston Southern and Wofford Saturday at the East Bay Deli Invitational in Charleston, S.C.
Five of the six sets were decided by four points or less as the Buccaneers (5-8) won by scores of 25-21, 25-23, 25-22, and the Terriers (8-3) won by scores of 25-21, 25-22, 25-18.
Senior libero Monique Russell was named to the all-tournament team for the Hatters (3-13) after recording 59 digs over the three matches this weekend.
Stetson had more kills than its opponent in both matches, but was victimized by 23 service errors in the two matches combined.
“We out-killed both teams but we had a bunch of hitting errors, serving errors, and serve reception errors,” Stetson head coach Tim Loesch said. “I thought Kelli Carneal and Cailyn Prewitt each had a good day, and Kayla Weller had a couple of good matches as well.”
In the first match against CSU, Carneal had nine kills to lead the offense, while Kaley Melville and Prewitt added eight kills apiece. Russell picked up 16 digs, and Weller recorded 23 assists.
Stetson recorded 40 kills and hit .185 for the match, but committed 13 service errors and recorded just one block.
In the second match against Wofford, Carneal and Prewitt each recorded double-doubles for the Hatters. Carneal collected 12 kills, one shy of her career-high, and added 11 assists and seven digs. She committed only two errors and hit .455 for the match. Prewitt tallied 11 kills and 11 digs for her first career double-double, Russell picked up 11 digs, and Weller finished with a career-high 25 assists.
Stetson recorded 42 kills and hit .197 against the Terriers, but committed 10 service errors and nine serve receive errors.
“We have to get better at serving and passing, and we are still trying to finalize one or two positions that nobody has really won yet,” Loesch said. “We need a couple girls to step up and claim those spots.”
The Hatters begin Atlantic Sun Conference play next weekend with a 7 p.m. Friday night match at Mercer followed by a 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon match at Kennesaw State.