STATESBORO, Ga. - Siraya Windsor paced the Charleston Southern offense with 15 kills as Buccaneers topped Jackson State in CSU's opening match of the Bash in the Boro this weekend at Georgia Southern, defeating the Tigers 25-23, 25-14, 25-14, in the three-set sweep.
Meredith Parrott added 10 kills and five digs as the Buccaneers continue their strong play in winning four of their past five matches with their lone setback coming in the opening match of last weekend's Sticky Fingers Citadel Invitational. Charleston Southern hit .344 from the floor in the match in the win.
Charleston Southern improves to 5-7 overall on the year, while Jackson State falls to 1-13 with the pair of losses today.
Kayla Klinger finished the match with eight kills and eight digs, while Erin LaVenice had seven kills and two blocks to pace the Bucs. Windsor narrowly missed out on her second double-double of the season with nine digs. Cassidy Greer set up the CSU attack with 34 set assists in the win.
Jackson State was paced by Kennede Banks' eight kills on the evening as the Tigers hit .072 from the floor as a team. Paige Williams added five kills, while Jenna Siddiqui had 21 assists in the loss. Angelica Kelley and Siddiqui led the defensive efforts with six digs apiece.
In the back-and-forth first set, Jackson State took the early lead on Williams' serve, building a 6-2 advantage on a 5-0 run with Williams and Banks both recording kills during the stretch. CSU rallied back with a 6-0 run sparked by a Klinger kill to go up 8-6 as the Bucs and Tigers combined for 10 tie scores and six lead changes over the frame.
With Jackson State clinging to the 21-17 lead following a Henry service ace, the Buccaneers rallied to tie the set up at 22-22 in the midst of a 6-0 run as LaVenice tied the match with a kill. The run continued as CSU took the 23-22 lead following a block by Windsor and LaVenice, but a service error knotted the set up for the final time at 23-23.
Charleston Southern closed out the first set with Windsor putting the go-ahead kill in and a JSU attack error gave the Bucs the 25-23 victory.
The second set saw the Buccaneers go ahead six early on a 5-0 run at 13-7 following a solo block by Parrott, and a combined block by Parrott and Windsor. Following JSU points on kills by Siddiqui and Williams, the Buccaneers went on another run, this time reeling off seven straight points in building the double-digit lead at 20-9 on a pair of aces by Greer and a kill by Windsor.
The Bucs and Tigers swapped points the rest of the way with Klinger putting in the final point in the 25-14 set win.
CSU rallied again in the third set in building a 12-5 lead behind four early kills by Windsor in taking control of the set early. The Bucs' momentum continued as Charleston Southern went up double-digits at 17-7 following a Parrott kill on their way to closing out the sweep at 25-14 in the CSU win.
Charleston Southern continues action this weekend in Statesboro, Ga., as the Bucs close out the tournament tomorrow, taking on Central Michigan at 10 a.m., while taking on tournament host Georgia Southern in the weekend finale at 7 p.m.