SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Despite a 13-kill night from Addison Kaderli and 34 digs from Madison Martin, the Charleston Southern volleyball team fell 3-1 (25-17, 28-26, 14-25, 25-15) Saturday night at USC Upstate.
Martin, along with Skylar Blackmon, Rachel Smith and Hannah Western, headlined a CSU (9-8, 4-5 Big South) defense that collected 92 digs and held the Spartans (9-15, 5-5 Big South) to just .152 from the floor in the loss.
USC Upstate took the first set 25-17 thanks to an early 8-0 run that turned an 8-7 CSU lead into a 15-8 Spartan advantage. The Spartans then took a tight 28-26 second set for the 2-0 lead before CSU claimed a 25-14 third set to begin the comeback.
USC Upstate used 11 solo blocks to keep CSU at .130 from the floor. CSU collected more kills (50-43) and digs (92-74) than the Spartans, but the defense at the net helped carry USC Upstate past the Bucs.
How It Happened
- An 8-0 run in the early stages of the first set provided enough cushion as USC Upstate took both of the first two sets by 25-17 and 28-26 tallies.
- USC Upstate was led by 12 kills each from Gloria Ikenegbu and Emily Russell while Lily Dempsey added 11.
- The largest lead on either side in the second set was three when the Spartans held an 11-8 advantage. Facing a 23-21 hole, CSU rallied to take a 25-24 lead thanks to kills from Hannah Western and Madison Malloch but couldn't ultimately hold on in the end.
- The Bucs stormed back for a 25-14 third-set win behind a .200 hitting percentage while holding USC Upstate to -.083.
- After a CSU 3-2 lead, the Spartans took 12 of the next 15 points to seize the momentum on their way to the 25-15 win.
News and Notes
- The 34 digs from Madison Martin came just two shy of tying the program record for single-match digs, as well as digs in a four-set match.
- Saturday marked the second time Martin collected at least 34 digs this season as she did so in a 3-1 decision at College of Charleston September 15. Martin now sits 30 digs from becoming the program's all-time leader.
- Freshman Ashleigh Holweger had a career day collecting 15 assists while adding two service aces and a kill. The kill was Holweger's first as a Buccaneer as she came within one ace of tying her career high.
- Madison Malloch's nine kills were the most since she had 12 in a 3-1 win against Hampton.
- Addison Kaderli has 10-plus kills in four of her past seven appearances after Saturday's 13.
CSU stays on the road next weekend as they take on first-place High Point Friday night and Presbyterian Saturday. First serve inside the Millis Center is set for 7 p.m. while Saturday's is slated for 4 p.m.