BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Kayla Klinger led the way with her second double-double on the weekend with 15 kills and 15 digs and Sydney Tracy added 10 kills of her own as Charleston Southern swept host Gardner-Webb on Saturday afternoon at Paul Porter Arena, 28-26, 25-20, 25-19.
Klinger led CSU’s (10-16, 4-5 BSC) offensive efforts in the game as the Lady Bucs hit .274 from the floor in the match as a team. Erin LaVenice added seven kills, while Wynter Davis and Meredith Parrott had six apiece for Charleston Southern, while Erin Anderson led Gardner-Webb’s (8-17, 3-5 BSC) attack with 10 kills in the contest.
Neither team was able to build more than a one point lead in the first set before Gardner-Webb went up 21-19 following a kill by Emily Holte. The Lady Bucs rallied to tie the frame up at 21-all following a GWU serving error and an ace by Tracy as the teams battled through 23 ties and 12 lead changes before GWU tied the set up for the final time at 26-all following an Anderson kill. Tracy followed with a solo block and a GWU attack error gave the first set to the visitors at 28-26.
The Lady Bucs and the Runnin’ Bulldogs continued their back-and-forth in the second set as the teams were even through the first 20 points of the set following an Anna Pashkova service ace before Parrott sparked a 9-2 Charleston Southern run with a pair of kills and Klinger added two more during the run as the Lady Bucs built the largest lead by either team in the set at 19-12.
The teams traded kills as Gardner-Webb brought the set back to 22-17 following a block by Amanda Murphy, but the Lady Bucs closed out the set on kills by LaVenice and Klinger to build the 2-0 lead heading into the break.
Charleston Southern came out of the break with a Struksnes’ ace as the Lady Bucs held the 8-6 lead early in the set. Gardner-Webb took the first lead of the set at 10-9 following a CSU attack error, but the Lady Bucs rallied back with a 6-1 run sparked by another Tracy ace and the sophomore outside hitter added a kill as CSU went up 15-11.
The lead stretched to eight at 21-13 as Parrott added an ace and Struksnes and Davis combined for a block. Gardner-Webb rallied to cut the game back to within four at 22-18 following a solo block by Tyler Cockrell, but the Lady Bucs closed out the sweep on Struksnes’ second service ace of the set to close out the 25-19 victory.
Struksnes set up CSU’s offense with 40 set assists on the day, while Ashley Higginbothem added 11 of the team’s 57 digs on the afternoon in the victory. Davis led the team with three blocks, while Tracy added two solo blocks on the day.
Gardner-Webb hit .148 from the floor on the afternoon, led by Anderson’s 10 kills, while Heather Feldman set up the GWU offense with 33 set assists. Pashkova led the Runnin’ Bulldogs with 14 digs, while Amanda Murphy led all players at the net with four blocks in the loss.
Charleston Southern continues the 2012 season at home as the Lady Bucs welcome South Carolina State to the Buccaneer Field House on Tuesday, September 23rd. First serve between CSU and the Bulldogs is set for 6 p.m.Related Item: Box Score