HIGH POINT, N.C. - Charleston Southern was unable to keep pace on Friday night at the Millis Center as the Buccaneers fell in straight sets to High Point, 25-15, 25-16, 25-16.
Brooke Monssen led CSU (11-15, 6-4) with eight kills on the evening as the Bucs struggled to connect in their rematch with the Panthers. Rachel Smith set up the offense with 13 assists, while Madison Martin was the digs leader with 14 digs.
Megan Kennedy led HPU (17-7, 8-3) with 11 kills and 10 digs, while Haley Barnes added 10 kills and 10 digs to pace the Panthers to their second win over CSU in the 2016 season. Jenna Smith set up the Panthers' offense with 19 assists, while Amy Pilat was the digging leader with 20.
High Point broke a 15-15 tie in the first set with a 10-0 run on Smith's serve to take the 1-0 lead over the Bucs. Monssen led CSU with four kills in the frame before the Panthers took control of the set on a Katie Tylman and Molly Livingston combined block. Kennedy put in the final kill to end the frame in favor of HPU.
The Panthers built a double-digit lead at 16-6 following a Tylman kill as HPU jumped ahead of the Bucs early. CSU fought to keep the margin inside of double-digits, but the Bucs were unable to get within eight points before Barnes and Jordan Hefner combined for a block to end the set.
The Bucs went ahead 6-3 in the third set following a combined block from Kylie Klein and Hannah Western. High Point answered with an 8-0 run to take control of the set on Kennedy's serve in building an 11-6 lead. The Bucs fell behind double-digits late before HPU's Abby Broadstreet and Hefner closed out the match with a block.
Charleston Southern finishes up the three-match road trip tomorrow afternoon in Gore Arena against Campbell. First serve between the Bucs and the Camels is set for 2 p.m. on the Big South Network.