STATESBORO, Ga. - Charleston Southern struggled in the first set in their final match in the Bash in the Boro as the Buccaneers were swept by host Georgia Southern on Saturday evening to wrap up their final tournament weekend, 25-13, 25-21, 25-22.
Meredith Parrott led the way for the Buccaneers offense with eight kills, while Erin LaVenice and Kayla Klinger had six kills apiece in the loss as CSU hit .172 from the floor as a team. Cassidy Greer set up the CSU offense with 23 set assists, while Klinger recorded the lone ace for CSU from the service line.
Defensively, Maggie Murphy led all players with 15 digs in the match, while LaVenice led the Bucs at the net with five total blocks on the evening as CSU finished the match with seven blocks as a team.
Jamie DeRatt proved to be the difference maker on the floor for both teams in leading Georgia Southern and all players with 20 kills from the floor as the Eagles combined to hit .327 as a group in the match. Katalin Minnerly set up the team with 41 set assists, while Nicole Jeschlenik and Alexandra Beecher had nine digs apiece to pace the GSU defensive efforts.
The Buccaneers opened up the match taking the first point on a GSU attack error and Klinger placed in an early kill, but the Eagles took advantage of a 11-3 run behind a pair of kills by Jeschelnik and DeRatt in building a 17-7 lead in the first set. The Buccaneers were unable to mount a challenge the rest of the frame with Windsor providing a pair of kills in the closing points, but DeRatt closed out the 25-13 set win with the kill.
Charleston Southern rebounded from their slow start in the first set in taking four of the first five points in the second set on Parrott's serve as LaVenice and Katrina Houston combined for a block to put CSU ahead early, 4-1. The Bucs retained the lead at 6-4 following a GSU service error, but the Eagles took their first lead of the frame at 8-6 following a 4-0 run capped by a pair of DeRatt kills.
CSU continued to battle with GSU throughout the frame, tying the set up at 15-15 following a block by LaVenice and Greer, and the duo combined for another block to knot the set up at 17-17, but a 6-0 run by the Eagles on Jeschelnik's serve gave Georgia Southern the 23-17 lead. The Bucs rallied back with Windsor and Parrott combining for three kills and a block to put the set at 24-21, but DeRatt again closed out the set with a kill to put GSU ahead 2-0.
The third set showcased a back-and-forth battle between the Bucs and the Eagles as the teams combined for 14 ties and three lead changes over the frame with Charleston Southern taking their final lead of the match at 17-15 on Taylor Allman's serve following a kill by Greer and a GSU attack error. The Eagles rallied back with the next four points to retake the lead and held off a late challenge by CSU in closing out the three set sweep with the 25-22 set win.
For her play in the tournament, Charleston Southern senior outside hitter Kayla Klinger was named to the Bash in the Boro All-Tournament team.
Charleston Southern remains on the road as the Buccaneers open Big South Conference play next weekend with a road trip to Presbyterian and Winthrop. The Bucs open conference action on Friday evening in Clinton, S.C., against the Blue Hose with first serve coming at 7 p.m., while Saturday's action pits CSU against the Eagles with game time set for 2 p.m.