HIGH POINT, N.C. – Facing the hottest team in the Big South, Charleston Southern fell 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-19) to first-place High Point Friday night inside the Millis Center in Big South volleyball action.
Paced by 12 kills and six blocks from Molly Livingston, the home Panthers (17-8, 12-1 Big South) used an efficient attack to hit .347and take the regular season series. Charleston Southern (9-9, 4-6 Big South) was paced offensively by Addison Kaderli's eight kills and Brooke Monssen's .278 hitting percentage while senior defensive specialist Madison Martin had a team-high 12 digs.
The Bucs faced a stiff Panther defense Friday as High Point collected five of their seven blocks in the first set and held CSU to just .143 from the floor.
Junior setter/defensive specialist Rachel Smith collected a season-high 15 assists Friday. With the 15-assist performance, Smith sits eighth on the program's all-time list with 1,835 to her credit.
How It Happened
- High Point used five blocks in the first set to keep CSU at just .031 from the floor in a 25-15 first-set win. Livingston had a hand in all five of the Panther blocks as he finished the night with six.
- CSU collected exactly 10 kills in each set as Addison Kaderli had eight and Brooke Monssen added seven. Redshirt-freshman Madison Malloch had five while Macey Laporte added four and the tandem of Hannah Western and Caitlyn Michalski added three each.
- The Panthers hit .485 in the second set on a night they hit .347 overall. In the second frame, High Point had 17 kills and just one error.
- CSU battled to the finish in the final set before falling just short 25-19. After trading points back-and-forth, High Point used a late 6-2 spurt to open a five-point lead before hanging on for the six-point win.
- CSU had four players contribute three-plus assists for the first time in Big South play as Rachel Smith led the way with 15, Naiomi Rivera added six and the duo of Madison Martin and Ashleigh Holweger added three.
News and Notes
- The 15 assists were a season-best for Rachel Smith, who now has 1,835 in her career donning a Buccaneer uniform.
- Friday's performance from Smith gave the Bucs three different players with 10-assist performances this season – Naiomi Rivera, Rachel Smith and Ashleigh Holweger.
- Senior defensive specialist Madison Martin keeps inching closer to the program's all-time digs record. She sits just 18 from surpassing Carrie O'Connell (1991-94; 1,833 digs) for most all-time.
- Naiomi Rivera has 850 career assists after Friday moving her within 150 of 1,000. If Rivera reaches that mark, she would be the second active Buccaneer with 1,000 career assists joining Rachel Smith.
CSU finishes their four-match road swing Saturday when they head to Presbyterian looking for a season sweep of the Blue Hose and possible tiebreaker for Big South tournament seeding. Entering the match, CSU and Presbyterian are tied for sixth with a 4-6 conference record and CSU already leading 1-0 in head-to-head matchups.
First serve is set for 4 p.m. from Clinton, S.C.