BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Addison Kaderli and Katrina Houston had eight kills apiece as Charleston Southern closed out the 2015 regular season on the road in falling to Campbell in straight sets, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23.
The Buccaneers clinched a spot in the 2015 Big South Volleyball Championship field last night due to Gardner-Webb's loss to Radford. It will be CSU's first postseason bid under head coach Christy Mooberry with the Bucs slated to take on projected top-seed Coastal Carolina when the tournament field is released by the Big South Conference.
CSU (10-22, 4-10) had a .105 hitting percentage on the floor in the contest with Meredith Parrott adding six kills in the Bucs loss. Cassidy Greer set up the CSU offense with 21 assists, while Ashley Higginbothem led CSU's defensive efforts with 21 digs. Madison Martin was also in double-digits with 13 digs, while Kaderli finished with 11.
Katelyn Layden led Campbell (12-16, 6-8) with 10 kills, while Summer Schuitema set up the offense with 21 assists. Mary Crema added a team-high 19 digs from the backline.
With CSU trailing 13-12 in the first set, the Bucs rattled off five of the next six points to build their largest lead of the frame at 18-14 following a Campbell attack error. The Bucs lead extended to 19-15 following a Camels' bad set, but Campbell rallied to close out the frame on a 10-0 run to take the opening win.
The Camels continued their late momentum in the second set, turning a 16-12 advantage into a 25-15 set win with a closing 9-3 run. Kills from Parrott and Connor Malone stemmed the Camels run, but McKenzie Fell put in the final kill to give Campbell the 2-0 lead at the halftime break.
With Charleston Southern trailing 24-16 in the third set, but the Buccaneers mounted a comeback in Gore Arena on Greer's service. The Bucs staved off set point seven times with Houston (twice) and Kaderli both putting in kills during the 7-0 run, while Greer connected on a service ace to bring the set back to within 24-23. However, Fell again put in the final kill to end the CSU run and close out the contest in favor of the Camels.