CHARLESTON, S.C. - Wynter Davis had 11 kills and the Lady Bucs hit .408 from the floor as Charleston Southern swept Savannah State at the Buccaneer Field House on Tuesday evening, 25-3, 25-12, 25-14.
Charleston Southern (12-18) hit a season-high .611 in the first set for the largest scoring margin on the season as CSU defeated the Tigers (0-29) for the third time this season. Charleston Southern had previously swept Savannah State on the road on September 4th and at a neutral site on October 9th in recording the season sweep against the Tigers.
"Any time you play a team three times, the odds catch up that you'll eventually beat you," commented head coach Al Givens following the match. "I thought we were really focused in the first set with our discipline and execution and we played as well as we have all year."
The Lady Bucs opened up the scoring with the first five points of the opening set before a service error put Savannah State on the board. Following a kill by Savannah State's Chikia Jones that narrowed the gap to 7-2, the Lady Bucs followed with a 16-0 run on Sydney Tracy and Laura Grace Swindler's serve as Davis recorded six of CSU's 12 kills in the opening frame to go up 23-2. An attack error gave the Lady Tigers their final point of the set before an Ashley Johnston kill and SSU attack error closed out the set.
Siraya Windsor recorded a pair of service aces to open the second frame as the Lady Bucs went up 8-3 following a Davis kill. SSU rallied back with three consecutive points as Christian Lyle and Asiha Williams combined on a block to put the score at 8-6, but CSU responded with an 11-3 run as Cassidy Greer and Catie Hurt placed in kills during the stretch to give the Lady Bucs the 19-9 advantage.
Charleston Southern closed out the frame with a 6-3 run as Erin LaVenice, Davis and Hurt all placed in kills, while Johnston had a service ace to give CSU the 2-0 lead with the 25-12 lead.
Savannah State built their largest lead of the night in the third set as Lyle and Nabori Perez provided kills to give the Tigers an 8-6 lead. Parrott followed with a kill for the Lady Bucs to spark a 10 point swing on Kirsten Struksnes' serve as Tracy had a pair of kills in the stretch to put CSU up 16-8. The lead reached double-digits at 22-11 following an Ashley Higginbothem ace and Davis kill as Charleston Southern completed the sweep with the 25-14 victory.
Davis led the way with her fourth double-digit kill effort on the season, while Siraya Windsor added seven kills and four service aces in the victory. Struksnes set up the CSU offensive attack with 23 set assists, while Greer added 10 of her own in the victory. Defensively, Windsor also led the backline with seven digs, while LaVenice and Johnston had two blocks apiece.
Bianca Brochu led the visiting Tigers with four kills, while Williams had eight set assists in the loss. Bryana Gadis led SSU's defensive efforts with five digs on the backline.
"Now we're heading back into conference play and we'll have to focus on that," said Givens about the upcoming back against Coastal Carolina. "We match up well with them and it's going to be a war after our win against them the first time we played them. We're going to have to play at the same level or higher as everybody plays a lot tougher at their home court and they want the opportunity for redemption."
Charleston Southern continues the 2012 season as the Lady Bucs travel to Conway, S.C. to take on Coastal Carolina for their final road contest of the season on Friday, November 2nd. First serve between the Lady Bucs and the Chanticleers is set for 7 p.m.