Bucs defeat N.C. A&T and The Citadel on final day of Citadel Invitational; Windsor named All-Tournament

Bucs defeat N.C. A&T and The Citadel on final day of Citadel Invitational; Windsor named All-Tournament

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern went 2-0 on the final day of The Citadel Invitational, sweeping North Carolina A&T in the early match on Saturday afternoon, 3-0, while topping tournament host The Citadel in Saturday's finale, 3-1.

Junior outside hitter Siraya Windsor earned All-Tournament honors this weekend, averaging 5.09 kills per set and paced the Bucs in hitting .323 from the floor. The Lexington, S.C. native averaged 2.45 digs per set on the weekend and closed out the final day with a pair of double-doubles to lead the Bucs to a 2-1 weekend in the McAlister Field House

The Buccaneers improved to 3-3 overall on the 2014 season with the pair of wins, and look ahead to Tuesday night as CSU hosts College of Charleston inside the Buc Dome for the CSU home opener on September 9th. First serve between the Bucs and the Cougars is set for 7 p.m.

Charleston Southern 3, North Carolina A&T 0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-11)

Charleston Southern swept North Carolina A&T to open up The Citadel Invitational on Saturday afternoon, topping the Aggies 25-14, 25-22, 25-11, inside McAlister Field House as the Buccaneers were paced by Meredith Parrott's 15 kills and Siraya Windsor's second double-double of the season.

The Bucs hit a season-best .323 from the floor in the match, paced by Parrott's .481 hitting percentage at the net, in recording their first sweep of the 2014 season.

CSU improved to 2-3 overall on the year with the win, while N.C. A&T fell to 0-7 on the season. 

Windsor finished the afternoon with 14 kills and added 10 digs in the match for her second double-double of the season. Junior setter Cassidy Greer finished with 25 assists, while Taylor Allman led the CSU backline with 13 digs.

Samara Brown and Te'Borah Hawkins led the Aggies with six kills apiece, while Liz Martino finished with 11 assists in the match. Brooke Stamnes led the Aggies' defensive efforts with seven digs from the backline.

Charleston Southern took control of the first set from the start, as CSU rattled off a 9-1 run capped by a pair of Parrott service aces and two kills from freshman Kylie Klein. The Aggies rallied back to narrow the margin to 13-9, but CSU went on a 12-5 run to close out the frame with Windsor putting in the final kill to cap the first set win.

N.C. A&T held control of the second set late, taking the 20-17 lead following the kill from Jade Boone, but the Bucs rallied back with three straight points to knot the set up at 20-20. The teams swapped the next six points before the Bucs took the 2-0 lead following the Windsor kill, capping the 25-23 set win.

Coming out of the break, the Bucs took 12 of the first 13 points behind Parrott's serve. Windsor had four kills during the stretch and finished with six kills during the final set as CSU cruised to the 25-11 victory.

Charleston Southern 3, The Citadel 1 (25-15, 25-21, 19-25, 25-17)

Windsor paced the Bucs offense with a season-high 22 kills and was one of four CSU players to reach double-digits in the digs category with 10 on the night as Charleston Southern defeated The Citadel in four sets to close out the tournament weekend.

Parrott was also in double-digits for the third time on the weekend with 14 kills, while Kylie Klein finished in double-digits with 11 kills as the Bucs hit .295 as a team from the floor in the contest. Cassidy Greer set up the CSU attack with 45 assists, while Kirsten Struksnes had a match-high 18 digs to pace the CSU defense. Greer also completed the double-double with 11 digs on the night, while Taylor Allman had 16 as the Bucs had 67 overall team digs in the match.

Moriah Smith led The Citadel with 17 kills on the afternoon, while Rachel Keefer had 40 assists to set up the Bulldogs offense. Amanda Rudnik added 18 digs in the loss for The Citadel.

Klein came out with the hot hand to open the first set as the Bucs took the first five points of the set in building an early lead. The Citadel was able to narrow the score down to as many as two, but the Bucs built a double-digit lead at 18-8 following an Allman service ace in cruising to the 25-15 set victory.

The Bulldogs held the narrow lead late in the second set going up 21-19 following a kill by Smith, rallying back from an early deficit. The Bucs answered with a rally of their own though, rattling off the final six points of the frame on Parrott's serve to close out the 25-21 win and put CSU ahead 2-0.

The Citadel broke a 14-14 tie in the third set, using a 5-1 run to build a 19-15 lead as the Bulldogs pulled away late in the frame from the Bucs. Ise d'Angelo nearly served the Bulldogs out before a kill by Smith closed out the 25-19 set to put the match at 2-1.

CSU took the 16-10 lead midway through the final set as Windsor had seven kills over the final frame to clinch the Bucs win. Parrott put the exclamation point on the weekend with the final two kills to wrap up the 25-17 victory.

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