CSU falls to UAB, Georgia State on first day of Blazer Invitational

CSU falls to UAB, Georgia State on first day of Blazer Invitational

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Charleston Southern dropped both ends of the doubleheader on the first day of the UAB Blazer Invitational on Friday. CSU fell to host UAB 3-1 in the first match of the day, and then dropped a tough five-set decision to Georgia State in the nightcap.

UAB 3, Charleston Southern 1 (23-25, 25-12, 25-13, 25-16)
Charleston Southern took the opening set behind the strong offensive play by Addison Kaderli, but the Buccaneers were unable to keep the momentum going over the final three sets in falling to the host Blazers in their first match of the day at Bartow Arena.

Kaderli paced the Bucs with six kills and a .667 hitting percentage in the first frame as CSU took the opening 1-0 lead over the Blazers with the 25-23 set win. UAB went up 11-6 early following a Petra Silic kill before Logan Windsor and Kaderli responded with three straight points to swing the momentum toward CSU. The Bucs went on an 11-2 run with Kaderli placing in a pair of service aces and Macey LaPorte adding one of her own as CSU went up 17-13. The Bucs closed out the frame on Rachel Smith's second kill of the set to give CSU the 1-0 advantage.

UAB responded with a dominant showing in the second frame as the Blazers hit .462 as a team in taking the 25-12 set win and evening the match. Kylie Klein was the lone Buccaneer with multiple kills in the set as CSU fell behind double-digits early before UAB's Haley Jared sealed the set win with a kill.

The Blazers again held the Bucs to a negative hitting percentage in the third frame in taking the 25-13 set win. UAB utilized a 7-0 run to break open the set on their way to going ahead 17-8. The Blazers closed out the frame on a CSU attack error to take the 2-1 advantage, despite Kaderli leading the Bucs with three kills in the set.

Caitlyn Michalski sparked a CSU comeback in the fourth set as the Bucs fought their way back into the match after trailing 13-5. CSU rallied all the way back to cut the lead down to four at 16-12 following Michalski's second kill of the frame, but UAB stalled the Bucs' attempt on their way to securing the 25-16 win.

Georgia State 3, Charleston Southern 2 (20-25, 25-23, 25-20, 20-25, 15-11)
Georgia State took five of the final six points to take the deciding fifth set as the Panthers topped the Buccaneers in the final match of the day for both teams at the Blazer Invitational. Sydney Stroud put in three kills during the stretch to pace GSU to the win.

Kylie Klein had a pair of kills and a trio of blocks in CSU's first set win over Georgia State as the Buccaneers took the opening frame from the Panthers. The Bucs jumped out to an early lead and held off a late GSU charge to secure the early 1-0 lead.

GSU battled back in the second set and broke a late tie with Jha'Meisheia Griffin connecting on back-to-back kills late to take the 25-23 win. The Bucs rallied back from a 22-19 deficit late in the frame with three straight points capped by a Caitlyn Michalski solo block and a Macey LaPorte service ace to keep CSU in the frame.

Georgia State built an eight point advantage late following a CSU attack error to go up 23-15 in the frame. The Bucs rallied back on Madison Martin and Addison Kaderli's service to cut the margin down to 24-20, before Griffin gave GSU the 2-1 lead with a kill.

CSU kept the match alive with a 25-20 fourth set win to send the match into the decisive fifth frame. Hannah Western had five kills in the set to pace the Bucs' offense, while Rachel Smith had 11 assists and six digs as the Bucs evened the match at 2-2.

The teams battled through a myriad of ties and lead changes in the fifth frame before GSU took control late on Stroud's trio of kills.

Inside the Numbers

  • Addison Kaderli led the Bucs with 11 kills and a .211 hitting percentage in the opening match against UAB.
  • Rachel Smith set up the CSU offense with 28 assists and added 12 digs to complete the double-double.
  • Madison Martin led CSU with 15 digs and added four assists.
  • Hannah Western added 10 digs to CSU's defensive efforts.
  • Western followed with a team-high 13 kills and 11 digs in the nightcap against Georgia State.
  • Kylie Klein added 11 kills and a season-high six total blocks in the match.
  • Kaderli nearly completed the double-double with 10 kills and nine digs.
  • Martin was CSU's digs leader with 17 over the five sets against GSU.

News & Notes

  • Rachel Smith became the 10th CSU player in program history to reach 1,000 career digs in the fourth set of the opening match against UAB. She entered the weekend needing 23 digs to achieve the mark.
  • Smith also completed her third double-double of the season following her 28-assist, 12-dig performance.
  • Kaderli's double-digit kill performances were the 38th and 39th of her career at CSU.
  • Martin eclipsed 100 digs in the first six matches of the 2017 season and is averaging 4.65 per set.

Up Next
Charleston Southern closes out the weekend tomorrow morning with an 11 a.m. matchup against Western Illinois at Bartow Arena.

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