ROCK HILL, S.C. - Led by Jennica Mullins' 11 kills Winthrop salvaged the regular season split over visiting Charleston Southeron on Saturday afternoon in Winthrop Coliseum as the Eagles topped the Lady Bucs in three sets, 25-13, 25-12, 25-19.
Siraya Windsor led the Lady Bucs (11-18, 4-7 BSC) offense on the day with nine kills and added seven digs as CSU hit .098 from the floor as a team in the match. Led by Mullins' 11 kill effort, Winthrop was able to hold off the Lady Bucs as the Eagles hit .358 as a team to record the three set sweep.
Winthrop opened play in the first set recording the first four points and 10 of the first 15 as the Eagles built a 10-5 lead as Rachel Lenz and Amy Zimmer recorded a pair of kills apiece in the early going. Davis followed with a kill before the Eagles rallied back with a 9-1 run to build a double-digit lead at 19-7 following a Stephanie Palmer kill. Meredith Parrott kept the CSU offense alive with a pair of kills, but the Eagles cruised to the 25-13 set victory.
The Lady Eagles again built an early lead in the second set, going up 10-4 following a kill by Lenz. The Lady Bucs rallied behind Ashley HIgginbothem's serve as the sophomore libero placed in two service aces to cut the lead down to one at 11-10, but Winthrop rallied back, dropping two points the rest of the way to build the 2-0 lead following the 25-12 set victory.
Charleston Southern came out of the break in the third set taking an 11-9 lead as Katrina Houston had three kills in the first 20 points of the set. Winthrop knotted the match up following a CSU attack error and took a 16-13 lead following a Lenz point. The lead went to six at 22-16 as Winthrop looked to close out the sweep, but the Lady Bucs kept the match alive behind a trio of kills by Windsor and a block by Erin LaVenice and Houston. However, Carolyn Weed clinched the win with the final kill to close out the 25-19 victory.
Wynter Davis finished the match with five kills while Parrott and Houston had four apiece to lead the CSU offensive efforts. Kirsten Struksnes set up the offense with 13 set assists, while Cassidy Greer led the defensive efforts with nine digs.
Palmer and Zimmer had eight kills apiece to support Winthrop's attack efforts, while Palmer and Jessica Codato combined for 39 set assists in the win. Catherine Brusie and Monica Cardona had 12 digs apiece to pace Winthrop's defensive efforts, while Palmer completed the double-double with 10 digs.
Charleston Southern returns home to the Buccaneer Field House on Tuesday, October 30th, as the Lady Bucs host Savannah State in non-conference action in CSU's annual Dig Pink match. First serve between the Lady Bucs and the Tigers is set for 6 p.m.