Bucs split on first day of Bash in the Boro; CSU tops Savannah State, falls to Georgia Southern

Bucs split on first day of Bash in the Boro; CSU tops Savannah State, falls to Georgia Southern

STATESBORO, Ga. - Charleston Southern split on the first day of the Bash in the Boro on Thursday. The Buccaneers topped Savannah State in straight sets in the afternoon match, 25-18, 25-16, 25-14. CSU fell in four sets to tournament host Georgia Southern in the nightcap in Hanner Fieldhouse, 25-16, 25-16, 19-25, 25-22.

CSU closes out the two-day Bash in the Boro tomorrow as the Buccaneers take on Jacksonville State and the Citadel. The Bucs take on the Gamecocks in the morning with first serve set for 11 a.m. CSU takes on the Bulldogs in the afternoon matchup with first serve set for 3 p.m.

Charleston Southern 3, Savannah State 0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-14)
Charleston Southern hit a season-best .305 from the floor and Madison Martin had a match-high 30 digs as the Buccaneers swept past Savannah State in the Bucs' opening match at the Bash at the Boro.

Brooke Monssen had a team-high 10 kills, while Addison Kaderli added nine kills and a .409 hitting percentage as the Bucs dominated from start to finish against the Lady Tigers. Naiomi Rivera led CSU with 17 assists and added six digs, while Caitlyn Michalski led CSU with four block assists.

With CSU trailing the Lady Tigers 7-6 in the first set, the Bucs rallied behind a 8-3 run on Logan Windsor's serve to take control of the frame. The Bucs were led by four Kaderli kills in the frame as CSU went up 20-15 late before closing out the set on a 5-1 run.

Taylor Marin served the Bucs to a 5-0 lead to start the second set as CSU ran away from the Tigers in building the 2-0 advantage. CSU went up 17-7 at one point following a Michalski kill before SSU made a late comeback. The Tigers rallied with a 9-5 run to narrow the margin to 22-16 following an Alaina Monroe kill. Hannah Western quelled the rally with back-to-back kills to end the set in favor of the Bucs.

The Bucs trailed 4-1 in the third set before CSU took control of the final frame against the Tigers on Rivera's serve. CSU utilized a 13-0 run paced by a trio of Connor Malone kills to take at 14-4 advantage in the frame. The Tigers were able to narrow the gap down to five points at 16-11, but that was as close as SSU was able to get as the Bucs scored nine of the final 12 points in sealing the win.

Caitlynn Masoe led the Tigers with six kills and 10 assists on the afternoon. Alexis Washington was the team's digs leader with 14.

Georgia Southern 3, Charleston Southern 1 (25-16, 25-16, 19-25, 25-22)
Charleston Southern took the third set in Thursday night's final match as the Buccaneers fell to the host Eagles in Hanner Fieldhouse.

Addison Kaderli again led the CSU attack with nine kills on the evening, while Hannah Western continued her strong start to the 2016 season with eight kills and seven digs in the match. Rachel Smith set up the CSU offense with 15 assists. Defensively, Madison Martin led the Bucs' backline with 22 digs. At the net, Kylie Klein added nine block assists.

Georgia Southern built a double-digit lead in the first set as the Eagles utilized a 4-0 run including three consecutive kills from Katie Bange in taking the 19-9 advantage. CSU rallied back with a 7-3 run on Rivera's serve to cut the margin to 22-16, but it was not enough as Georgia Southern closed out the first set win.

The Eagles jumped ahead quickly in the second set in building a double-digit lead. Georgia Southern recorded nine of the first 10 points in the frame on its way to building a 21-8 lead in the frame. The Bucs rallied back on Martin's serve to narrow the gap down to 23-16, but GSU took the final two points to take the win.

CSU held a one-point lead throughout a majority of the third set before a late rally gave the frame to the Bucs. CSU led 20-18 following a kill from Caitlyn Michalski and Western nearly served the Bucs to the victory as CSU recorded five straight points to take the 24-18 lead. Following a kill from GSU's Anna Wenger, Kaderli placed in the final point with a kill to close out the 25-19 set win.

The Bucs rallied late and nearly overcame a 24-16 deficit before coming up short in the fourth set. Facing match point, CSU rallied for six consecutive points with Klein and Kaderli combining for a pair of blocks during the stretch in narrowing the gap to 24-22. Bange put in the final point for the Eagles with a kill to close out the match.

Cathrine Murray led Georgia Southern with 16 kills and 13 digs in the match. Bange added a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs. Lauren Reichard was also in double-digits with 13 kills. Alex Beecher was GSU's defensive leader with 18 digs. 

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