CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Charleston Southern fell in both matches on Saturday afternoon to close out the Catamount Volleyball Classic. CSU was unable to hold off host Western Carolina in the Bucs' opening match of the day, losing in a five-set thriller. The Bucs dropped a four-set decision in their final match of the weekend to UAB.
Charleston Southern is back in action on Tuesday night in Orangeburg, S.C. as the Buccaneers travel to S.C. State for a non-conference midweek matchup. First serve inside Dukes Gymnasium is set for 6:30 p.m.
Western Carolina 3, Charleston Southern 2 (20-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-9, 15-10)
Charleston Southern was unable to hold off a late comeback from Western Carolina on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers fell in the first match of the day at the Catamount Volleyball Classic in five sets, 20-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-9, 15-10.
Brooke Monssen led the Bucs (0-2) with 19 kills in the match, 11 coming in the first two sets as the Bucs built a 2-0 lead over the Catamounts early. Addison Kaderli added 10 kills and 18 digs for her first double-double of the 2016 season.
Taylor Allman was one of five Bucs to record double-digit digs in the contest, recording 31 digs over the five-set match. Hannah Western added 21, eclipsing her previous match-high, while Rachel Smith (13) and Madison Martin (11) were also in double-digits. Smith led the Bucs with 37 assists. At the net, Caitlyn Michalski paced the CSU defense with eight total blocks (two solo, six assists).
Gabby Edmondson was one of three WCU (2-0) players to record double-doubles in the match with 20 kills and 16 digs. Abigail Veit added 17 kills and 17 digs, while Jo-Leigh VerVelde finished the match with 49 assists and 22 digs from the floor. VerVelde added six total blocks (three solo, three assists).
CSU recorded the first four points of the opening set with Michalski and Kaderli combining for a pair of blocks in building an early lead over the Catamounts. With the score 14-12 in favor of the Bucs, CSU went on a 9-3 run behind a trio of Monssen kills to take the 23-15 lead. The Bucs closed out the set several points later as Kaderli put away the final kill to cap the 25-20 set win.
The Bucs trailed 8-3 early in the second set before CSU rallied back. Utilizing Western's service, the Bucs rattled off a 12-0 run to take a 15-8 lead. Western connected on a trio of aces during the stretch, while Smith and Kylie Klein both added kills to pace the Bucs. WCU mounted a late comeback in the set, but Taylor Marin ended the frame in favor of CSU with an ace to close out the 25-19 set win.
Western Carolina took control of the third set early on their way to building an 18-12 lead. The Catamounts utilized a trio of Veit kills in building their advantage. CSU rallied back and brought the set back to within two points at 22-20 on a WCU attack error, but the Bucs were unable to complete the comeback in falling 25-20.
The Catamounts built on the momentum from the third set win in scoring the first six points of set four on their way to the 25-9 set victory.
WCU led 8-4 at the crossover of the fifth set. The Bucs fought back to narrow the set to within two points on two separate occasions, but CSU was unable to bridge the gap in falling to the Catamounts.
UAB 3, Charleston Southern 1 (25-19, 17-25, 26-24, 25-14)
Charleston Southern was unable to rally back against UAB in the Buccaneers' final match of the Catamount Volleyball Classic on Saturday afternoon as CSU fell in four sets to the Blazers, 25-19, 17-25, 26-24, 25-14.
Hannah Western recorded a career-high 18 kills and completed her first collegiate double-double with 12 digs in the match to pace a CSU (0-3) offense that hit .172 from the floor in the match. Addison Kaderli added her second double-double of the day with 14 kills and 10 digs, while Kylie Klein had 10 kills and four total blocks (one solo, three assists) in the loss.
Erika Zembyla led the Blazers (1-2) with 15 kills in the match. Haley Jared (13) and Petra Silic (10) were also in double-digits for UAB as the team hit .253 overall from the floor in the match. Amber Treace set up the offense with 45 assists, while Emily Martinez led the UAB backline defensive efforts with 22 digs. Victory Young led the UAB defense at the net with seven total blocks.
UAB took control of the first set early as the Blazers recorded nine of the first 11 points on their way to building a 9-2 lead. The Blazers lead reached eight points at 20-12 following a Young kill before CSU mounted a late comeback in the frame. The Bucs went on a 6-1 spurt to narrow the gap to 21-18 behind a trio of Western kills, but it was not enough to completely close the gap as UAB held on for the 25-19 set win.
Kylie Klein had five kills in the second set to pace the CSU offense in the frame as the Buccaneers jumped ahead early in building an 11-2 lead. The Bucs margin remained six points at 16-10 following a Monssen kill. CSU added a late 5-0 run to seal the frame and split the match at 1-1 following their 25-17 set win.
The third set swung back and forth with CSU holding the late 19-16 advantage following a 3-0 run supported by a trio of UAB attack errors. The Blazers rallied back with a 5-0 run to take the 21-19 lead sparked by a pair of Silic kills. CSU rallied back against set point the first time as Western placed in a kill to tie the set up at 24-24. Back-to-back kills by UAB's Jared and Zembyla ended the frame, 26-24.
The Blazers utilized a late 8-2 run to close out the fourth set and complete the 25-14 victory.