RADFORD, Va. - Addison Kaderli recorded six of her team-high 18 kills in the fifth set to pace Charleston Southern past Radford on Saturday afternoon in the Dedmon Center, 17-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 15-8.
The Buccaneers rode the momentum built up in the fourth set as CSU recorded the final three points of the frame in building an 8-3 lead at the crossover in the fifth set. Radford was unable to pull within four points the rest of the way as Kaderli put in the final four CSU kills in the set, including the game-winner to lead the Bucs over the Highlanders.
Four Buccaneers were in double-digits in the kills category on the afternoon as CSU (6-17, 1-5) picked up their first Big South win of the 2015 season. Katrina Houston finished the match with 17 kills, while Connor Malone (11) and Meredith Parrott (11) were also in double-digits in the match. CSU hit .250 as a team overall behind strong performances in both the fourth and fifth sets.
The Bucs hit .500 as a team in the fourth set in coming back from a 2-1 deficit, and CSU hit .444 as a squad in the deciding fifth frame.
Cassidy Greer set up the CSU offense with her second 50-plus assist effort of the season as the senior setter recorded 55 assists in the match. Defensively, Ashley Higginbothem led the Bucs' backline with 25 digs. Greer (11) and Kaderli (12) were also in double-digits for CSU. Kylie Klein led CSU at the net with eight blocks (three solo).
Radford (9-11, 2-5) fell despite a 20-kill performance from Savanna Burton. Megan Short (15) and Cheyanne James (10) were also in double-digits as the Highlanders hit .228 from the floor as a team. Haley Kleespies set up the offense with 56 assists, while Burton was the team leader with 21 digs.
With the Bucs trailing 2-1 following Radford's 25-22 win in the third set, CSU took control of the fourth set with a 4-0 run on Taylor Allman's serve in building a 17-13 advantage. The Bucs lead never got below two the rest of the way as kills by Houston, Malone and Parrott put the set away for CSU in evening the match at 2-2.
The Buccaneers also evened the match in taking the second set from the Highlanders, utilizing a three-point swing late in the set to take control of the frame. With the score tied 16-16, back-to-back kills from Houston led to a 9-4 for the Bucs as CSU sent the teams into the break with the 25-20 set win.
Radford took the first and third sets in the match, utilizing five kills from Short and Valerie Gonzalez in the opening 25-17 set win, while Burton's five kills paced the Highlanders in the 25-22 third set victory.
Charleston Southern returns home to the Buc Dome on Tuesday night as CSU hosts High Point in a midweek Big South Conference match. First serve on the Big South Network is set for 6 p.m.