Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Junior outside hitter Kaitlyn McIntyre led CMU to a sweep of Charleston Southern Saturday with a team-high 14 kills.
Chippewas Sweep Buccaneers to Close Bash in the Boro

Statesboro, Ga. — Central Michigan dominated Charleston Southern from start to finish Saturday morning to earn its second sweep of the weekend at the Bash in the Boro hosted by Georgia Southern.

The Chippewas finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with an even 6-6 record by defeating the Buccaneers (5-8), 25-20, 25-20, 25-15.

Junior Kaitlyn McIntyre led the Chippewas with 14 kills, while freshman Melissa Fuchs once again stood out for the Maroon and Gold with 13 kills.

CMU dominated offensively with a .411 hitting percentage while limited the Bucs to a .186 clip. Senior libero Jenna Coates and McIntyre led the Chippewas with 10 digs each.

A 5-1 run in the first set broke things open for CMU, turning a 16-16 tie into a 21-17 advantage. The Bucs attempted a comeback, but a timeout by the Chippewas thwarted the effort as CMU scored four-straight points out of the break to grab a 25-20 win.

Set two was much of the same for the Chippewas as they maintained the advantage for most of the set. An ace by sophomore Kirsten Reenders pushed CMU’s lead to four, 18-14, and a McIntyre kill kept the lead at four, 21-17, before back-to-back errors on the Bucs gave CMU a 25-20 win.

CMU again used a run in the third set, breaking a 10-10 tie with a 6-1 run capped on a kill by sophomore Angelique White that forced a Charleston Southern timeout. A kill by McIntyre gave CMU an eight-point advantage and the Chippewas were able to push their lead to double digits on a kill by senior Kelly Maxwell, 24-14. Junior Hallie Endelere secured the sweep for CMU with a kill, 25-15.

After 12 straight games on the road to start the season, CMU will open Mid-American Conference play and McGuirk Arena next Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m versus Toledo. 

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