CSU splits on the first day of the Wingate Invitational; Sweeps S.C. State in the nightcap

CSU splits on the first day of the Wingate Invitational; Sweeps S.C. State in the nightcap

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern went 1-1 on the opening day of the Wingate Invitational at CSU on Friday, falling in their afternoon match to Jacksonville 3-0, while topping S.C. State in the final match of the day at the Buc Dome, 3-0.

Siraya Windsor led the way for CSU on the afternoon with 16 kills over the two matches, while Taylor Allman had 22 digs to pace the Bucs defensive efforts.

The final day of the tournament is set to begin tomorrow morning with the Bucs taking on N.C. Central at 11 a.m., while CSU closes out the weekend at 3 p.m. against USC Upstate. Both CSU matches will be streamed live via the Big South Network, with live stats provided on CSUsports.com.

Jacksonville 3, Charleston Southern 0 (25-15, 25-7, 25-12)

Katrina Houston and Kylie Klein had seven kills apiece to pace the Bucs in their opening match of the weekend, but the dominant performance by Jacksonville's Sammie Strausbaugh and Emily Laskelle pushed the Dolphins to the straight set victory.

Houston and Klein led the Bucs as CSU struggled to hit from the floor in the match, connecting on a team percentage of .047 from the floor. Meredith Parrott added six kills, while Cassidy Greer had 17 assists in the match. Defensively, Taylor Allman had nine digs, while Parrott was the Bucs leader at the net with two blocks.

Strausbaugh (15 kills) and Laskelle (10 kills) led Jacksonville's efforts in the match as the Dolphins hit .418 from the floor as a team. Jizzian Gesualdo set up the Dolphins' attack with 26 assists and led the backline with seven digs.

Jacksonville turned a 10-6 advantage in the first set to a 19-9 lead on their way to taking the first set from the Bucs. CSU responded late with a run, cutting the deficit down to 22-15 following a kill by Windsor, but the Dolphins took the first set on back-to-back aces from Nicole Pritchard.

The Dolphins took the second set from the Bucs 25-7, and closed out the match with a 25-12 third set victory.

Charleston Southern 3, S.C. State 0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-18)

Windsor led all players with 12 kills in the match as the Buccaneers rebounded to hit .216 in the afternoon match in defeating S.C. State in straight sets to close out the first day of the Wingate Invitational.

Parrott added eight kills, while Klein had six kills and three blocks to guide the Bucs past the Bullogs. Cassidy Greer (17 assists) and Brooke Green (10 assists) set up the CSU offense, while Taylor Allman had a match-high 17 digs in the victory.

Marissa Lawrence led S.C. State with 10 kills on the evening in their lone action of the day, while Melanie Williams added 22 assists for the Bulldogs. Shandice Sluch (12 digs) and Tyler Ockleberry (10 digs) paced the S.C. State defense in the match.

The Bucs raced ahead in the first frame, building an 11-3 lead behind a pair of early kills by Parrott. The Bulldogs rallied back, cutting the deficit down to 15-11, but CSU's continued to press with Parrott putting in the final kill of the opening set 25-19 victory.

The second set saw the Bulldogs rally from a 13-9 deficit to tie the set up at 15-15 behind back-to-back kills by Lawrence. CSU broke the tie following an S.C. State attack error, and Katrina Houston followed with an ace as the Bucs pulled away late in taking the 25-20 set win and the 2-0 lead into the break.

CSU broke open a 13-10 to take an 18-12 lead on their way to closing out the final set of the sweep. Windsor had five kills to pace the Bucs in the frame in the 25-18 win.

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