Bucs split with JMU and Norfolk State on second day of JMU Classic

Bucs split with JMU and Norfolk State on second day of JMU Classic

HARRISONBURG, Va. - Charleston Southern went 1-1 on the final day of the JMU Classic as the Buccaneers fell in the early game to tournament host James Madison, 3-1, while topping Norfolk State in the nightcap, 3-1.

Meredith Parrott finished the day with a combined 35 kills, averaging nearly 4.5 kills per set, while Siraya Windsor and Cassidy Greer each had double-doubles on the day to pace the Bucs to the split.

CSU is back in action next weekend as the Bucs travel to The Citadel Invitational to take on Stetson, North Carolina A&T and The Citadel. The Bucs open up on Friday against Stetson with first serve scheduled for 4 p.m.

James Madison 3, Charleston Southern 1 (16-25, 25-22, 10-25, 17-25)

Parrott led the way for the Bucs with 18 kills, hitting .364 from the floor in the match, but Janey Goodman and MacKenzie Kleespies proved to be the difference makers for the Dukes' in the JMU victory.

Windsor had 10 kills and seven digs in the early match, while Greer had her second consecutive double-double with 34 assists and 13 digs in the loss. Taylor Allman led the CSU defensive efforts with 18 digs.

JMU took advantage of an 11-5 run to finish the first set, taking a 25-16 victory over the Bucs. CSU held the early lead on Allman's serve, but the Dukes used a 6-0 run midway through the set on Lizzy Briones' serve to take control of the frame.

The Dukes held the lead midway through the set, going up 13-10 on a kill by Goodman. However, the Bucs responded with five straight points as Kylie Klein and Connor Malone combined for a block to put CSU ahead 15-13. The Bucs held the lead the rest of the way, holding off a late JMU run at by recording the final two points to take the 25-22 win and tie up the match.

The third set was all JMU as the Dukes used a 13-3 run, including rattling off 12 straight at one point on Taylor Austin's serve to take the 25-10 win.

The final set also saw another long JMU run as the Dukes lead went from 10-8 to 19-2, before Goodman wrapped up the match with a kill.

Charleston Southern 3, Norfolk State 1 (19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-17)

Parrott led the Bucs with 17 kills, and added six digs and two blocks to pace a CSU attack that hit .200 from the floor in overcoming an early deficit to defeat the Spartans. Windsor added her first double-double of the season with 14 kills and 11 digs on the night, while Greer added 28 assists in the CSU win.

Allman had a team-high 17 digs in the victory, while Ashley Higginbothem was also in double-digits with 12 digs. Liza Walker and Malone combined for nine total blocks at the net to pace the Bucs in the win.

NSU broke a 15-15 tie in the first set on a kill by Jessica Johnson in going on a 5-1 run to take control of the opening frame. Two kills by Hope Forsythe kept the Spartans in the lead late, before NSU closed out the first set win on a CSU serving error.

With CSU trailing 16-11 in the second set, Coach Christy Mooberry called a timeout to settle CSU down. The Bucs rallied following the respite, going on a 12-5 run on three straight kills by Parrott and Greer to take the lead 23-22. CSU rattled off the final two points on a Parrott service ace and an NSU attack error to even the match at 1-1.

The Bucs broke open an 11-11 tie in the third set on Parrott's serve in rattling off nine of the next 13 points, with Brooke Green guiding the Bucs to a 20-15 lead. CSU closed out the frame on a Windsor kill to take the 25-19 victory.

A CSU run early put the Bucs ahead 13-7 as Parrott and Walker combined for a block. The Bucs continued the run in going up 18-12 on their way to a final 25-17 set win.