Buccaneers fall to Chippewas in straight sets, 3-0

Buccaneers fall to Chippewas in straight sets, 3-0

STATESBORO, Ga. - Charleston Southern fell in three sets to Central Michigan in the first match of the day at the Bash in the Boro as the Chippewas topped the Buccaneers, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15.

Kayla Klinger led the Bucs' offense on the afternoon with 11 kills as the senior outside hitter connected at a .429 clip from the floor in the loss. Katrina Houston added eight kills of her own, while Meredith Parrott continued her strong play on the season with seven kills in the match.

Cassidy Greer set up the CSU offense with 30 set assists, while Maggie Murphy paced the Buccaneers' defensive efforts with a match-high 11 digs. Greer also paced the Bucs defense with a solo block.

Charleston Southern falls to 5-8 overall on the season, while Central Michigan improves to 6-6 with the win.

Central Michigan was led by Kaitlyn McIntyre's 14 kills, while Melissa Fuchs had 13 of her own to pace the Chippewas' offense in the win. Kelly Maxwell set up the CSU attack with 37 set assists, while McIntyre and Jenna Coates had 10 digs apiece in the victory. Kelly Maxwell, Fuchs and Angie White had three blocks apiece.

Klinger and McIntyre put on a clinic at the beginning of the match as the duo swapped kills and points for both teams battled through 12 ties and five lead changes in the first set.

With the Bucs breaking a 12-12 tie on a kill by Klinger as CSU went up 14-12, however the Chippewas ran off a four point swing to take the 16-14 lead following a kill by Hallie Enderle. The lead was stretched to 21-17 following a kill by Fuchs, but CSU rattled off three straight points as Houston and LaVenice connected on kills and the duo combined for a block to bring the Bucs back to within one at 21-20. However, McIntyre closed out the set with a pair of kills to end the 25-20 set in CMU's advantage.

Central Michigan took four of the first five points in the second set on McIntyre's serve as the Chippewas took the early lead, but the Buccaneers rallied back to go up 7-6 as Parrott, Houston and Klinger all had early kills in the frame. CMU retook the lead and held a four point advantage for a majority of the match in closing out the 25-20 victory.

This final set saw the teams battle through the first 16 points as a kill by Parrott tied the set up at 8-8, while Klinger and Windsor had a pair of kills in the early going. Central Michigan broke the tie and went on a 12-4 run on their way to building a 10 point advantage at 23-13 following a kill by Enderle. Houston put in the final point for CSU at 24-15, but Enderle ended the match with her final kill to end the frame.

Charleston Southern closes out the Bash in the Boro this evening, taking on host Georgia Southern. First serve between the Bucs and the Eagles is set for 7 p.m.

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