CINCINNATI, OHIO - Siraya Windsor and Cassidy Greer both recorded double-doubles for the Buccaneers to cap off the first day of the UC Invitational at Fifth Third Arena as Charleston Southern fell to both Central Michigan and Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena on Friday.
The Bucs dropped a three set decision to the Chippewas in the morning match, falling 25-12, 25-18, 25-23, and fell in four sets to the tournament host Bearcats 23-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-23 in the nightcap.
CSU continues the UC Invitational tomorrow afternoon as the Bucs take on Tennessee State at 2 p.m. inside Fifth Third Arena. Live Stats will be provided on the link at CSUSports.com.
Central Michigan 3, Charleston Southern 0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-23)
Siraya Windsor had seven kills and eight digs to pace CSU in the opening match of the tournament, but a double-double by CMU's Kaitlyn McIntyre pushed the Chippewas to the sweep on Friday morning.
Meredith Parrott led CSU's attack in the match with eight kills and added two blocks, while Katrina Houston had six kills for the Bucs as CSU hit .124 as a team in the match. Cassidy Greer set up the attack with 24 assists, while Ashley Higginbothem and Taylor Allman had nine digs apiece on the backline.
McIntyre led all players with 14 kills and 12 digs to pace CMU to the sweep. Kylie Copple had 33 assists, while Kristen Reenders had 10 digs to pace the Chippewas defensive efforts.
CSU recorded the first three points of the match on kills by Kylie Klein and Windsor, as well as a Greer service ace, but the Chippewas took control of the set early to take the 1-0 advantage. CMU went on a 19-6 run over the span of a rotation to take the 25-12 set win.
The Bucs tied the second set up at 9-9 following back-to-back kills by Connor Malone, but CSU never led in the frame in falling behind 2-0. CSU attempted a rally back late in the frame, but the Chippewas held off the Bucs advance in the 25-18 win.
In the tightest set of the match, CSU and CMU tied 12 times and had seven lead changes in the frame with the Bucs holding on to the 23-21 lead late following back-to-back Chippewas attack errors. However, CSU was unable to put in the final two points, allowing a 4-0 run to give CMU the victory.
Cincinnati 3, Charleston Southern 1 ( 23-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-23)
Siraya Windsor recorded her seventh double-double of the season and Cassidy Greer her fourth as the Bucs took the first set from the host Bearcats before falling in a tightly contested four-set match to close out the first day of the UC Invitational.
Windsor led all players with 18 kills from the floor and added 14 digs in the match, while Greer added 35 assists and 12 digs to CSU's efforts. Parrott was in double-digits in the kills column with 10 on the evening, while Taylor Allman had a team-high 19 digs to lead CSU's defensive efforts. Houston and Klein had two blocks apiece to lead the Bucs at the net.
Morgan Allred led the Bearcats on the night with 17 kills, while Emma Roberson had 14 as Cinncinnati hit .235 from the floor as a team. Caitlin Ogletree set up the UC attack with 43 assists, while Jamie Netisingha led all players 20 digs defensively. Me'Ashah Nicholson had eight blocks at the net for the Bearcats.
CSU took control of the first set early, going up by as many as four at 16-12 following a Windsor service ace. The Bucs held a multiple point lead throughout the frame until a late UC run capped by a Nicholson kill put the score at 24-23 in favor of CSU. However, Houston and Malone came up big for the Bucs at the net as the duo combined to block Ciara Hill's attack for the set point in giving CSU the 1-0 lead.
Cincinnati broke the second set open early, breaking open a 2-2 tie following Klein kill with an 18-8 run on their way to going into the break tied following the 25-12 victory.
The third set also saw UC put space in between the Bucs and Bearcats as kills by Allred, Roberson and Courtney Bowser gave the Bearcats the 16-11 lead. Charleston Southern brought the frame back to within three at 20-17, but UC closed it out with a 5-1 run capped by a Roberson kill to take the 2-1 lead.
The deciding fourth set saw 10 ties and four lead changes throughout the frame with the final tie coming with the match tied at 22-22 following Windsor's sixth kill of the set. The CSU junior outside hitter put in her final kill of the night three points later to keep the Bucs' chances alive, but Cincinnati closed out the match on a Nicholson solo block to take the win.