JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville took advantage of 18 kills by Sammie Strausbaugh as Charleston Southern fell in the nightcap of the first day of the Hilton Garden Inn Invitational on Friday evening, 25-16, 25-22, 25-15.
Meredith Parrott led the way for the Buccaneers with nine kills and hit .471 from the floor in pacing Charleston Southern in the match as the Bucs hit .247 from the floor as a team. Erin LaVenice added eight kills and Katrina Houston added seven in the Bucs loss to the Dolphins.
Cassidy Greer set up the CSU attack with 24 assists on the evening, while Parrott continued her strong play with four blocks in the match.
Charleston Southern falls to 1-5 on the year, while Jacksonville improves to 4-0 overall in the 2013 season.
Strausbaugh led the Dolphins' attack as Jacksonville hit .482 overall from the field, while Taylor Nyquist was also in double-digits with 10 kills in the match as well. Kendall Courtney paced the offense with 40 assists, while Strausbaugh had nine digs to lead the Dolphins backline.
Charleston Southern took advantage of several Jacksonville attack errors early and Houston placed in a pair of kills as the Buccaneers built an early 7-5 lead. Jacksonville rallied back to take the lead at 9-8 following a solo block by Kylie Jacob as the Dolphins went on a 12-3 run behind Rachel Miller's serve as Strausbaugh placed in two kills in the set to put Jacksonville ahead 19-11. CSU and JU swapped points the rest of the way as the Dolphins took the 25-16 opening set win.
The second set saw the Buccaneers rally from a 15-10 deficit early in the frame, using a 6-0 run on Klinger's serve as the senior outside hitter connected on a pair of aces, while Maggie Murphy and LaVenice had kills to put the Bucs ahead 16-15. The teams battled back-and-forth over the next few points with neither team able to build more than a one-point advantage before a pair of late kills by Nyquist pushed the advantage in favor of Jacksonville as the Dolphins took the close 25-22 win.
The final frame saw the Bucs and Dolphins again battle throughout the majority of the set with CSU cutting the game back to within four at 19-15 following a Houston kill. The Dolphins responded with the Bucs rally with a 6-0 run to close out the three-set win, with Emily Laskelle putting in the final point for Jacksonville.
Charleston Southern closes out the weekend tomorrow afternoon taking on Florida Atlantic, with first serve against the Owls set for 2 p.m.