LYNCHBURG, Va. - Charleston Southern's season came to an end on Friday afternoon in the Vines Center as the No. 5 Buccaneers fell to No. 4 Campbell in the quarterfinal round of the Big South Championships. The Bucs fell in four sets to the Camels, 25-17, 22-25, 26-24, 25-15.
Brooke Monssen recorded a team-high 14 kills for CSU (13-20) to pace the Bucs on the afternoon, while Connor Malone was also in double-digits with 10 kills in her final collegiate match. Rachel Smith set up the offense with 36 assists and added 12 digs to complete her 15th double-double of the season.
Madison Martin recorded a match-high 27 digs to lead four Bucs reaching double-digits in the category. The sophomore libero from Birmingham, Mich. finished the season with 665 digs, shattering CSU's single-season record of 603 set by Ashley Higginbothem last season. The mark represents the eighth-most digs by a Big South player since the shift to a 25-point rally scoring in the 2008 season.
Allena Heath led Campbell (16-15) with 19 kills in the match to pace the Camels to a .206 hitting percentage in the match. Jenny Tait added 11 kills and nine blocks. Kayla Schanback led the back line efforts with 22 digs, while Summer Schuitema led the team with 29 assists and added 16 digs.
Campbell broke open the first set with an 8-1 run in building a double-digit lead to take control of the opening frame. The Camels utilized back-to-back blocks by Tait during the stretch as CU went up 19-9 in the first set. CSU rallied back with a pair of Monssen kills to narrow the set to 23-17. Jessica Stocking connecting on a kill to swing the serve back to Campbell and Schuitema closed out the frame with an ace to give CU the 1-0 lead.
The Bucs rallied back in the second set with Klein providing a pair of kills early. CSU took an 11-4 lead in the second set and held a six-point lead at 15-9 following a Monssen kill. The Camels tied the set up at 18-18 following a pair of CSU attack errors to even the frame. Addison Kaderli broke the tie with a kill and Smith followed with an ace to stretch the Bucs' lead to 20-18. Following a second tie at 22-22, Monssen swung the set in favor of CSU with her ninth kill of the match. Back-to-back CU errors sent the teams into the break with the score tied 1-1.
Campbell utilized a late rally to take the third set and the 2-1 advantage following the 26-24 set win. The Bucs held a late 24-22 lead following a Malone kill and a Macey LaPorte service ace. Campbell rallied behind back-to-back kills by Heath and Tait to even the set at 24-24. The CU run continued as Loni Kreun and Rachel Harty connected on kills to take the 26-24 set win.
The Camels closed out the fourth set with an 8-1 run to take the 25-15 frame and the match and advance to Saturday's semifinals against top-seed Radford.