CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Charleston Southern dropped both ends of the doubleheader on the final day of the Catamount Volleyball Classic on Saturday as the Buccaneers fell 3-1 to Jacksonville State in the morning match, and then dropped a 3-1 decision in the afternoon to Towson.
Junior libero Madison Martin earned All-Tournament honors following a weekend that saw the Birmingham, Mich. native averaged 5.09 digs per set and added three service aces on the weekend to pace the CSU defense.
The Bucs fell to 0-3 following the first weekend of tournament play as the Bucs dropped all three matches in the Catamount Volleyball Classic for the second consecutive season.
Jacksonville State 3, Charleston Southern 1 (25-23, 22-25, 27-25, 25-16)
Charleston Southern rallied back from an early deficit in the third set behind a career-high 19 kills from Hannah Western, but the Buccaneers were unable to keep the rally going in falling in the breakfast match on Saturday morning at the Ramsey Center.
Kylie Klein took charge early in the first set for the Bucs with a .750 hitting percentage and six kills as CSU went up 13-10 midway through the frame. The Gamecocks rallied back behind a quartet of Charis Ludtke kills to take the 18-15 advantage. Addison Kaderli tied up the set at 20-20 with a service ace and Klein's final kill of the set tied the frame up again at 23-23 before the Gamecocks closed out the set to take the early 1-0 lead.
The Bucs rode Western's hot hand in the second set as CSU hit .295 in the frame to even the match at 1-1 heading into the break. Western connected on six kills in 10 swings with the final giving the Bucs a lead they would not relinquish at 19-18. Macey LaPorte served the Bucs to a 22-18 lead and Logan Windsor added a pair of late kills as CSU took the 25-22 set win.
CSU fought back from an early 10-3 deficit by going on an 11-3 run capped by a Windsor solo block to take the 14-13 lead midway through the set. The teams battled through 11 ties and five lead changes with Kaderli tying the set up at 25-25 to keep CSU in play. A service error swung the frame back to JSU and Allyson Zuhlke closed out the frame with a kill to give the Gamecocks the 2-1 lead.
JSU rode the momentum following the third set to go on a 10-1 run to open the frame. The Gamecocks' lead reached double-digits at 19-19 following back-to-back Kaylie Milton kills before CSU rallied back. The Bucs cut the lead down to seven at 23-16 following a combo block by Rachel Smith and Caitlyn Michalski before JSU took the final two points to seal the win.
Towson 3, Charleston Southern 1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-13, 25-16)
Madison Martin paced CSU's defensive efforts with a season-high 28 digs in the four set match, but Towson took home the win by capturing the final three sets to take the tournament win.
CSU hit .237 as a team and limited the Tigers to a .064 hitting percentage in the first frame as the Bucs took the first point following the 25-21 set win. Martin had nine digs in the frame and the Bucs combined for four team blocks as CSU battled through 12 ties and six lead changes before finally taking control late in the set. The Bucs went up 22-19 on Martin's serve following a trio of Towson attack errors and a combo block by Windsor and Klein ended the frame in favor of CSU.
The roles were reversed for the teams in the second set as Towson's defense limited the Bucs' attack on their way to evening the match at 1-1 following the 25-16 set win. The Tigers built a late double-digit lead at 23-13 following back-to-back CSU attack errors before a pair of Carola Biver kills ended the frame.
Towson led from start to finish in the third frame on their way to taking the 2-1 lead. The Tigers rode the hot hand of Julymar Otero in building a 23-13 lead before Biver again closed out the set with a kill.
Western led a spirited CSU defense in the fourth set with a season-high nine digs in the frame as the Bucs battled to keep it close. Towson went up 20-15 late following a Kamryn Stambaugh kill before Anna Holehouse served out the Tigers' 25-16 victory.
Inside the Numbers
- Hannah Western recorded career-highs with 19 kills and 25 digs in the opener on Saturday morning against Jacksonville State to pace the Bucs on the day.
- Kylie Klein (13), Addison Kaderli (10), and Logan Windsor (10) also had double-digit kills efforts in the morning session against JSU.
- Windsor's 10 kill-14 dig effort was her first collegiate double-double, and she added a team-high four blocks in the opener against the Gamecocks.
- Rachel Smith added her second double-double of the season in the match against JSU with 47 assists and 10 digs.
- After not reaching the double-digit mark in the morning session, Martin rebounded with a season-high 28 digs in the afternoon contest against the Tigers.
- Windsor led the Bucs with nine kills and 10 digs in the contest against Towson.
- Klein added seven kills and five total blocks in the loss.
News & Notes
- CSU falls to 0-6 in Cullowhee, N.C. over the past two seasons after dropping all three matches at the Catamount Volleyball Classic for the second straight year.
- Martin's 36 digs on the day moved her within 10 digs of becoming the Bucs' 10th player to reach 1,000 career digs in her career.
- Martin (990) moved up four spaces into 10th all-time on the career digs list passing Rachel Deangelo (955, 2000-03), Katie O'Riordan (975, 2002-05), Emily Libertowski (976, 2007-10), and Allison Arreola (983, 1995-98) over the weekend.
- Martin's Towson match was her 19th career 20-plus digs match in her career.
- Western's double-double against the Gamecocks was the seventh of her career and first since she had 13 kills-13 digs against Presbyterian on November 1, 2016.
Charleston Southern steps out of tournament play for a non-conference match at College of Charleston on Tuesday night in TD Arena. First serve between the Bucs and the Cougars is set for 7 p.m.