Kaderli and Houston lead Bucs past Elon, 3-1, in tournament opener

Kaderli and Houston lead Bucs past Elon, 3-1, in tournament opener

ELON, N.C. - Addison Kaderli and Katrina Houston combined for nine kills in the fourth set as Charleston Southern topped host Elon inside the Alumni Gym on Friday night, 25-18, 25-21, 21-25, 27-25.

Kaderli and Houston both finished with 12 kills apiece as CSU picked up their second win in a row on the season after topping Savannah State on Tuesday night. Meredith Parrott added 10 kills, hitting a team-best .318 from the floor in the four set win.

Cassidy Greer (20) and Brooke Green (17) set up the CSU (2-3) offense in the victory as the Bucs finished the night hitting .134 as a team from the floor. Taylor Allman led the Bucs' defense with 23 digs, while Ashley Higginbothem had 22 on the night. Hannah Western (13), Green (12) and Greer (10) all finished with double-digit digs on the night.

Sydney Busa led all players with 14 kills on the night, while Megan Gravley had 12 kills for the Phoenix (0-5). Sydel Curry led the way with 35 assists, while Morgan Maner had a team-high 13 digs. Ally Karle led all players at the net with six blocks.

Charleston Southern continues the weekend at the Elon Phoenix Classic tomorrow morning as the Bucs take on Wake Forest at 10 a.m. The Bucs close out the tournament against N.C. Central with a 4:30 p.m. serve.

The Bucs scored 10 of the first 11 points of the match in the first set as Higginbothem connected on a pair of aces to lead the CSU offense early. CSU built a 10-point lead at 20-10 on a block by Kaderli and Kylie Klein on their way to cruising to the 25-18 first set win.

10 ties and three lead changes kept both teams within striking distance in the second set. The Bucs broke a 17-17 tie in the frame on an Elon bad set in building a 22-17 lead on a 5-0 run. Elon brought the frame back within three before a Greer kill sent the teams into the break with the Bucs leading 2-0.

Elon battled back to take the third set and fought their way back into the fourth frame as CSU held match point twice before the Bucs were able to close out the four set victory on Western's final kill of the night. 

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