CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern hits the road for the first time in Big South play with a trip north to Gardner-Webb Friday night and Saturday matinee matchup at Winthrop. CSU opened their conference slate with a 1-1 weekend dropping a five-set match to preseason No. 3 Campbell before claiming a 3-1 win over Hampton Saturday.
In Friday's loss, it was Campbell freshman Sarah Colla that collected 35 kills to lead the Camels over CSU. Those 35 kills pushed her to Big South Freshman of the Week honors.
CSU rebounded nicely Saturday taking advantage of 22 Hampton service errors on their way to a 3-1 win. In the victory, redshirt-freshman outside hitter Madison Malloch continued wreaking havoc at the net with her 12 kills and three blocks.
The Bucs take on a Gardner-Webb team that's hungry for a Big South win before taking on Winthrop, who swept away Big South preseason No. 2 High Point this past weekend.
Both matches will be live streamed on the Big South Network on ESPN+.
Gardner-Webb enters Friday's match in search of their first Big South win after dropping a four-set match to Winthrop and three-set match to High Point. Despite the 0-2 Big South record, Gardner-Webb leads the Big South with their 2.33 blocks per set and sit second in opponent hitting percentage (.162) behind only Radford. Hannah Donaldson leads the Big South 1.35 blocks per set while Charissa Coleman sits fourth in the league with 4.29 digs per set.
Winthrop enters the weekend 2-1 in Big South play after a pair of wins over Gardner-Webb and High Point with a loss to preseason favorite Radford. Before their contest against the Bucs, Winthrop hosts Presbyterian Friday night. Entering the week, the Eagles sit in the top five of the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.187, 4th), assists (11.52, 3rd), kills (12.37, 3rd) service aces (1.40, 4th) and digs (16.17, 2nd).
The Eagles are led by Makayla Doyle's .239 hitting percentage, Jace Kleffner's 2.74 kills per set, Sam Yamaguchi's 9.65 assists per set and Carlie Skelton's 4.14 digs per set. Yamaguchi's 9.65 assists per set are second in the Big South while Lily Leistiko's 0.91 blocks per set are the sixth-most.
Brooke Monssen, Jr., OH, Jacksonville, N.C.
Brooke Monssen returned to the CSU rotation this past weekend picking up where she left off her sophomore season. In her two matches, Monssen collected 19 kills, seven blocks and seven digs. She added yet another threat at the net to go along with teammates Madison Malloch, Addison Kaderli and Hannah Western, giving the Bucs an elite attack among the Big South.
Addison Kaderli, Sr., OH, Austin, Texas
Senior outside hitter Addison Kaderli keeps getting closer to the 1,000 kills milestone as she enters the weekend at 965 total – good for seventh all-time in program history. Over the past weekend, Kaderli collected 11 kills as well as a team-high three service aces in Saturday's four-set win over Hampton. Kaderli's 2.24 kills per set are second-most on the team while her 16 blocks are third among Buccaneers.
Kylee Garrison – Freshman, Outside Hitter
Freshman outside hitter Kylee Garrison leads the Runnin' Bulldogs with her 2.42 kills per set and is the lone Gardner-Webb athlete with 100-plus kills on the season. In conference play, Garrison is averaging 3.42 kills per set after collecting 11 in a loss to Winthrop and 13 in a loss to High Point.
Jace Kleffner – Junior, Outside Hitter
After collecting 29 kills over her first three Big South matches, Jace Kleffner leads Winthrop with her 2.74 kills per set. The junior outside hitter has double-digit kills in three of her past five matches including 10 in a sweep of High Point.
Senior outside hitter Addison Kaderli enters the weekend just 35 kills from 1,000 in her career as she sits seventh on the program's all-time kills list. The Austin, Texas, native also sits fourth in career attacks with 3,566 to her credit.
CSU plays their first Big South Tuesday match as they welcome Presbyterian to the Buc Dome before hosting Big South preseason No. 2 High Point Saturday.