Bucs defeat N.C. Central, fall to USC Upstate on final day of Wingate Invitational

Bucs defeat N.C. Central, fall to USC Upstate on final day of Wingate Invitational

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern split their two matches on the final day of the Wingate Invitational at CSU, defeating N.C. Central in the morning match, 3-1, while falling to USC Upstate in the final match of the afternoon, 3-1.

Siraya Windsor had a pair of double-doubles on the day to lead the CSU offense, while Taylor Allman finished with 42 digs over the eight sets of action to lead the CSU defensive efforts on the day. Meredith Parrott and Katrina Houston had double-digit kills in both matches, while freshman middle blocker Kylie Klein had her first double-digit kill match on the year with 12 in the loss to USC Upstate.

The Buccaneers went 2-2 overall on the weekend and move to 5-6 on the 2014 season with one more tournament to play before heading into the bulk of the regular season.

CSU is back in action on the road next weekend, traveling to the Cincinnati Invitational hosted by the University of Cincinnati on September 19-20, taking on Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Tennessee State.

Charleston Southern 3, N.C. Central 1 (21-25, 25-15, 25-14, 25-20)

Siraya Windsor powered the Bucs' attack with 19 kills and added 13 digs defensively to lead CSU past N.C. Central in the opening match on Saturday morning.

Meredith Parrott added 17 kills, hitting .577 from the floor individually in the win, while Katrina Houston had 11 kills and 11 digs for her first double-double of the season. Cassidy Greer set up the CSU offense with 43 assists, while Taylor Allman had 20 digs to pace the CSU defense.

All-Tournament team representative Kelly Rossip had 16 kills for the Eagles in the match, while Paige Phillips had 38 assists to set up the NCCU offense. Marilyn Sherbondy had 20 digs for the Eagles to pace the backline, while Ashley McCarthy led the way at the net with five blocks.

After CSU opened the match with the first three points, N.C. Central went on an 11-3 run to take control of the first set, going up 11-6 on Da'sha Brown's kill. The Bucs rallied back bringing the set back to within one point at 17-16 following three kills by Windsor, but the Eagles held off the CSU rally in taking the opening frame.

The Bucs never trailed in the second set, taking the first three points of the frame on their way to building a double-digit lead at 20-10. The Bucs added two kills by Windsor before Parrott evened the match with the 25-15 set win.

CSU took control of the third set early as well, building a 21-10 lead on their way to cruising to the 25-14 win.

With the match tied 12-12, the Bucs rattled off four points in a row sparked by back-to-back kills by Parrott to take control. The Bucs stretched the lead out to 20-14 before Parrott closed out the match with the final kill to seal the CSU victory.

USC Upstate 3, Charleston Southern 1 (25-14, 25-22, 21-25, 25-22)

Four CSU players were in double-digits in the kill column led by Siraya Windsor's 17, but the Buccaneers were unable to build off of their morning momentum in falling to the Spartans on Saturday afternoon inside the Buc Dome.

Meredith Parrott and Katrina Houston had 13 kills apiece in the match, while Kylie Klein had 12 kills in the match to pace CSU's offense. The Bucs hit .303 in the match, set up by Cassidy Greer's 47 assists. Taylor Allman had a match-high 22 digs to pace the CSU defensive efforts, while Windsor completed her second double-double of the match.

Shannon Weiss led the Upstate attack with 14 kills in the match, while Emily Koelling had 12 to pace four Spartans' in double-digits in the kills column. Kayla McAvoy and Alexa Lagaly had 10 kills apiece for Upstate in the victory. Lexi Gober set up the Spartans' attack with 43 assists, while Weiss led the way with 15 digs.

USC Upstate took the opening set, turning a 5-5 match into a 17-10 lead in cruising to the 25-14 set win.

The Spartans took the second set, holding off a late CSU rally to build the 2-0 lead heading into the intermission. Klein had a kill to pull the Bucs back to within two at 20-18, but the Bucs were unable to pull any closer the rest of the way in falling 25-22.

CSU took the lead early in the third set on Greer's serve and went up by as many as seven points at 20-13 following a pair of Parrott kills. Upstate rallied back late, cutting the deficit down to 24-21, but Windsor drilled in the final kill to send the match into the fourth set.

The Bucs rallied from a 19-14 deficit in the fourth set to tie the match up at 19-all on two kills by Windsor. With the match tied 20-20 after the teams traded points, Weiss took over with four kills to close out the victory for the Spartans.

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