CHARLESTON, S.C. - Siraya Windsor capped off the night with her 10th kill to mark her sixth consecutive double-double as Charleston Southern topped visiting Columbia (S.C.) on Tuesday night inside the Buc Dome in straight sets, 25-12, 25-18, 25-15.
Windsor, whose double-double streak now dates back to October 15th against N.C. Central, led the Bucs with 10 kills and added 10 digs as CSU hit .318 as a team from the floor in the match. Kylie Klein added nine kills, while Meredith Parrott had eight kills and three service aces top pace CSU to their seventh sweep of the season.
Kirsten Struksnes set up the CSU offense with 24 assists on the night, while Ashley Higginbothem led the CSU backline with 14 digs. Connor Malone added four blocks at the net as CSU held Columbia to a .043 hitting percentage in the match.
CSU improves to 11-17 overall on the season with the victory, while Columbia falls to 16-7 overall with the loss.
CSU and Columbia battled through the first 12 points of opening set as the Bucs and Fighting Koalas sat tied 6-6 early in the frame following a Windsor kill. Windsor's point sparked a 9-0 run continued by a pair of aces by Parrott to build a CSU 14-6 lead in the set. The run continued as the Bucs lead reached double-digits at 17-7 following a Klein kill as CSU cruised to the 25-12 set win.
Liza Walker gave the Bucs the 2-0 lead following the second set as the freshman outside hitter drilled in the final kill of the CSU 25-18 set win. CSU build a 12-10 lead in the second set following a Columbia service error, but the Fighting Koalas took their largest lead of the match by going on a 5-0 run on Richelle Prijic's serve to go up 15-12. Prijic put in a pair of aces during the stretch before Malone and Windsor combined for a block to end the Columbia run. CSU rattled off 13 of the last 16 points of the set to take the 2-0 lead.
The Bucs took 11 of the first 14 points of the third set in leading from coast-to-coast in closing out the sweep. Windsor had four kills over the final frame, including the final kill to lead CSU to the 25-15 set win.
Richelle Prijic and Kara Anderson combined for six kills apiece for the Koalas, while Melissa Dixon set up the Columbia offense with 20 assists. Chloe Perkins led the way with three service aces, while Prijic, Anderson and Perkins led the defensive efforts with six digs apiece.
Charleston Southern returns to the road and Big South Conference play this weekend as the Bucs travel to Clinton, S.C. and Presbyterian College on Friday evening inside the Templeton Center. First serve between the Bucs and the Blue Hose is set for 7 p.m.