Bucs snap Big South skid with 3-1 win over Presbyterian

Bucs snap Big South skid with 3-1 win over Presbyterian

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Brooke Monssen and Hannah Western both recorded double-doubles and Charleston Southern held Presbyterian to a .098 hitting percentage as the Buccaneers topped the visiting Blue Hose in four sets on Tuesday night in the Buccaneer Field House, 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, 25-21.

The win snapped a four-match losing streak for the Bucs (12-16, 7-5) and keeps CSU in the mix for a berth in the Big South Volleyball Championships scheduled for November 18-20 at the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va. The Bucs need one win over their final four matches to clinch a spot in the six-team field for the second consecutive season.

Western hit a team-best .333 from the floor on her way to finishing with 13 kills and 13 digs on Tuesday night. Monssen added 13 kills and 14 digs for her second consecutive double-double. Naiomi Rivera set up the Bucs' offense with 34 assists, while Madison Martin was the digs leader with 24 in the match. Kylie Klein and Monssen tied for the team lead with five total blocks apiece.

Samantha Del Toro and Sierra Davis had 11 kills apiece for PC (4-22, 2-9) as the Blue Hose fell to the Bucs for the second time in the 2016 season. Ashton Stewart added 10 kills and a team-best .318 hitting percentage in the loss. Sara Rogers set up the offense with 33 assists, while Mikayla Register was the team leader with 19 digs.

Charleston Southern remains at home this weekend as the Bucs host Gardner-Webb on Friday night. First serve between the Bucs and the Runnin' Bulldogs on the Big South Network is set for 7 p.m.

Madison Martin and Macey LaPorte served the Bucs to a 9-2 lead in the first set as CSU took control of the frame early against the Blue Hose. Monssen had five kills to pace the Bucs in the first frame as CSU built a 19-8 lead at one point on its way to taking the 25-14 set win.

PC built a 14-10 lead in the second set following a Davis kill. CSU rallied back with a 5-1 run to even the frame as the Bucs and the Blue Hose tied four separate times late in the set. The Bucs utilized a PC service error to break a 20-20 tie and quickly expounded on the mistaken to build a 23-20 advantage following a Malone and Monssen block, and a Western kill. Addison Kaderli closed out to the set with a pair of late kills to give CSU the 2-0 lead at the break.

Presbyterian rallied back behind Stewart's five-kill set to take the 25-23 win and extend the match into the fourth set. Presbyterian held set point at 24-21 following a Bucs' service error. CSU rallied to bring the frame back within one at 24-23 following back-to-back attack errors before Stewart put home the final kill of the 25-23 win.

Western paced CSU in the fourth frame with four kills on seven swings as the Bucs closed out the 25-21 win. Martin sparked a late run with a pair of aces, while Monssen and Klein recorded back-to-back blocks to highlight the final points of the set.

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