CHARLESTON, S.C. – First-place High Point used a strong third set and late run to fend off Charleston Southern 3-0 (25-21, 24-23, 25-12) Saturday afternoon inside CSU Field House in Big South volleyball action.
Senior outside hitter Addison Kaderli collected her 1,000th kill donning a Buccaneer uniform, but it wasn't enough offense in the end to keep up with the Panthers. Charleston Southern (8-6, 3-3 Big South) was led by Brooke Monssen's eight kills while Kaderli and Caitlyn Michalski added seven and High Point (10-8, 6-1 Big South) was led by Madison Smith's match-high 11 kills.
CSU spread the wealth both offensively and defensively as four Bucs – Monssen, Kaderli, Michalski and Hannah Western – each collected six-plus kills and four – Skylar Blackmon, Madison Martin, Rachel Smith and Naiomi Rivera – collected four-plus digs.
Saturday was just the second loss inside the Buc Dome for CSU this season. High Point collected their fourth-straight win as they sit alone atop the Big South standings.
How it Happened
- High Point hit a match-high .325 to open the match with 17 kills while holding CSU to just .136 behind to blocks and 19 digs.
- CSU saw four kills from Addison Kaderli that helped the home Buccaneers come within a point of tying it at 21-22, but a three-point swing ended the CSU rally.
- Junior defensive specialist Rachel Smith led the CSU defense with her six digs in the opening frame while sophomore Skylar Blackmon added four.
- CSU's defense kept High Point in check during the second set with three blocks while holding the Panthers to just .065 from the floor.
- Both teams traded four-point swings in the early stages of the second before High Point took the final two and four the last five to close it 25-23. Monssen added a match-high five kills to lead the CSU offense.
- CSU was able to bring the third set to an 8-10 deficit, but a 15-4 run propelled High Point to the match-clinching 25-12 win. In the final frame, High Point hit .240 while CSU had a -.118 mark.
Inside the Numbers
- Saturday's 30 team kills were the lowest at home since a 3-0 win over Savannah State to open the home slate. The 114 attacks were also the lowest total in a Big South match for CSU in 2018.
- Brooke Monssen made it six-straight matches with six-plus kills to open her season after missing the nonconference slate. She sits second on the team with 2.46 kills per set and has a team-leading 59 since Big South play began.
- The duo of Kaderli and Monssen have combined for 46 kills over the past two matches for CSU while adding 23 digs and nine blocks.
- Saturday's eight digs from Martin snapped a streak of 12-straight matches in double figures. She ends the weekend 32 digs from moving into a tie for second-most in program history.
News and Notes
- Addison Kaderli became just the seventh student-athlete in program history to reach the 1,000 kill milestone. Her sixth kill Saturday in the second set pushed her across the threshold before adding one more in the final set.
- Kaderli also moved into third on the all-time attacks list with 3,711 to her credit. Kaderli sits just 31 from climbing into a tie for second.
- Naiomi Rivera surpassed former great Kristyn Struksnes for 11th on the all-time assists list. The junior setter has 755 in a Buccaneer uniform.
- Madison Martin now has 94 career service aces and sits four from entering the program's top-10 all-time.
CSU ends their three-match homestand as preseason favorite Radford comes to town for a Friday night showdown. The matchup with the Highlanders is the only one for CSU next week.