CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern was unable to overcome High Point in a Big South matchup on Saturday at the Buc Dome as the Buccaneers fell in four sets to the Panthers, 25-20, 22-25, 25-10, 25-19.
CSU falls to 5-11, 0-2 on the season following the loss, while the Panthers improve to 9-6, 2-0 on the year with the win.
A back-and-forth first set saw High Point score four straight points to take a 12-9 lead on a service ace by Abby Broadstreet. CSU closed the score to 17-14 on a kill by Bates. The Panthers scored the next four points to go in front 21-14 on an ace by Abby Bottomley. The Bucs cut the margin to 24-20 after a kill by Rachel Smith, but a kill by HPU's Haley Barnes on the next point closed the set.
CSU jumped to an early lead in the second set and led 11-6 following a kill by Bates. The Bucs were in front 16-11 when High Point won six of the next seven points to tie the match 17-17. Charleston Southern responded by taking a 22-19 lead after a kill by Monssen. The Panthers trimmed the score to 24-22 until a kill by Kaderli gave CSU the set and tied the match 1-1.
High Point opened the third set by winning the first four points and led 13-6 following a service ace by Barnes. A kill by Broadstreet gave the Panthers a 20-8 lead and HPU scored five of the next seven points to win the set and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
A tight fourth set had Charleston Southern in front 8-7, following a kill by Bates. The set was tied 12-12, but High Point won three straight points to take a 15-12 lead on a service ace by Barnes. Kaderli had a kill to cut the Panthers' lead to 19-16 and Bates had another kill to make it 21-18 in favor of HPU. High Point then won four of the next five points to close the set and win the match.
Inside the Numbers
- Rachel Smith led the Bucs with 26 assists.
- Big South Defensive Player of the Week Madison Martin continues to be among the league leaders with an average of 4.75 digs per set.
- Big South Freshman of the Week Kalysia Bates had double-digit kills for the fourth straight match.
News and Notes
- CSU is still seeking its first Big South win of the season.
- The Bucs continue to use a young starting lineup with two freshman and two sophomores.
- High Point ranks first in the league in both kills and assists.
CSU returns to action when it hosts Gardner-Webb on Sept. 29 and Presbyterian on Sept. 30.