BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Led by a stifling defense and momentum-swinging second set, Charleston Southern erased an early deficit for their second-consecutive Big South win 3-1 Friday night, downing Gardner-Webb 23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 25-14.
The Buccaneers (7-4, 2-1 Big South) used 12 kills from both Hannah Western and Addison Kaderli as Western finished just one dig shy of another double-double. She finished the night with 12 kills, nine digs, five blocks and two service aces while hitting a team-best .417 from the floor.
An outside hitter who sits just 23 kills from 1,000 in her career after Friday, Kaderli added six digs and hit .250 to counter Western's 12 kills.
Those two seniors, along with Brooke Monssen's nine kills, headlined a Buccaneer offense that hit above the .210 mark for the first time since a five-set win over The Citadel September 28.
Senior defensive specialist Madison Martin led CSU with 25 digs as Skylar Blackmon (14), Naiomi Rivera (12) and Rachel Smith (11) each added double-digit digs. CSU also held the host Runnin' Bulldogs (5-10, 0-3 Big South) to a .035 hitting percentage, the first time a CSU opponent hit below .100 since a win against South Carolina State.
How It Happened
- Gardner-Webb came out hot as they took a back-and-forth first set behind a .191 hitting percentage and seven CSU errors. The first set was the only of the four that Gardner-Webb hit above the .100 mark on the night.
- CSU took advantage of 15 second-set Runnin' Bulldog errors as they dominated from start to finish and saw a lead as large as 20-9.
- Charleston Southern's trio of Kaderli, Monssen and Western came alive over the final two sets as the Bucs hit .212 in the third set and .375 in the match-clinching fourth.
- The Bucs had multiple 10-point leads throughout the final three sets as they shook-off a slow start for their second Big South win.
Inside The Numbers
- Friday was the first time CSU hit above .210 since a five-set win over The Citadel while Gardner-Webb's .035 hitting percentage was the best CSU defensive performance since a win at South Carolina State.
- Hannah Western nearly had a double-double as she was tied for the team lead with 12 kills and two service aces while finishing second with five blocks and fifth behind her nine digs.
- The win was the sixth time across the past seven matches multiple Bucs have collected double-digit kills.
- Brooke Monssen has 28 kills through three matches this season as she has added another immediate depth and impact at the net for the Bucs.
- Friday's hitting percentage difference of .185 was the largest in favor of CSU since a .178 margin at South Carolina State.
News and Notes
- Addison Kaderli's big night leaves her just 23 kills from reaching 1,000 in her career. She currently sits seventh on the all-time kills list in program history.
- Madison Martin collected her fourth 20-plus dig performance of the season and made it 10-straight with double digits. She sits third all-time just 85 from second place.
- CSU's 2-1 Big South record is their best to start conference play since a 4-0 mark in the 2016 season.
Charleston Southern looks for three-straight wins for the second time this season when they tangle with Winthrop Saturday for a matinee affair. First set from Rock Hill, S.C. is set for 2 p.m. and can be viewed on the Big South Network on ESPN+.