STATESBORO, Ga. - Charleston Southern battled through a pair of five set matches on the final day of the Bash in the Boro hosted by Georgia Southern. CSU topped Jacksonville State in the morning match, 3-2, but fell to The Citadel in the Bucs' season finale, 3-2.
CSU remains on the road next weekend as the Bucs travel to the Hampton Inn Charleston/West Ashley CofC Classic hosted by College of Charleston. The Bucs take on Eastern Michigan, CofC and Virginia Commonwealth over the two-day tournament inside TD Arena. The Bucs start tournament play Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. against EMU.
"The team worked really hard and pulled off a great five-set win against Jacksonville State," said CSU head coach Christy Mooberry. "We have a team composed largely of freshman and sophomores, and while we've seen consistent and fast improvement in our play these last two weeks, we know we have work to do."
"The Citadel match was a tough loss. We were coming off a five-set match and they were coming in for their first match of the day. We needed to play with a strong sense of urgency and have a consistent and balanced performance. Overall, this was a good learning experience and we'll continue to push for what we know we are capable of as a team. I'm proud of this young team and I'm excited to see what we'll accomplish as we continue this process."
Sophomore libero Madison Martin was named to the Bash in the Boro All-Tournament team. Martin averaged 5.82 digs per set and had 30 digs in CSU's three-set win against Savannah State. She added 27 digs in the Bucs' five-set loss to The Citadel.
Charleston Southern 3, Jacksonville State 2 (20-25, 28-26, 25-22, 16-25, 15-11)
Brooke Monssen led the Buccaneers with 18 kills and nine total blocks to pace Charleston Southern against Jacksonville State in CSU's first match of the day in Hanner Fieldhouse. The Buccaneers combined for 17.0 total blocks in the match in taking control of the net in the five-set win over the Gamecocks.
CSU combined for 17.0 blocks in the contest with Caitlyn Michalski recording 10 blocks in the victory. It was the third-most team blocks in a five-set match in CSU program history. Kylie Klein added seven blocks in the contest to pace the team in the win.
Hannah Western finished the contest with a double-double as the sophomore outside hitter finished with 15 kills and 11 digs. Addison Kaderli added 14 kills and a .250 hitting percentage from the floor as the Bucs hit .221 as a group.
Jacksonville State broke open a 14-14 tie in the first set with a 4-0 run as the Gamecocks took control of the opening frame. JSU went up 21-16 following a CSU attack error on its way to taking the 25-20 set win.
CSU rallied back to take the second set against the Gamecocks as the Buccaneers rallied behind five Western kills in the frame. The Bucs went up 21-19 and after battling through several set points, took the frame on a Kaderli kill.
The Bucs again pulled away from the Gamecocks in the third set after tying the frame up at 20-20 following a Western kill. Michalski combined with Kaderli and Monssen for a pair of blocks to stake the Bucs to the 22-21 lead before Klein put away the final point of CSU's 25-22 set win.
The Gamecocks built a double-digit advantage midway through the fourth set to send the match into the fifth frame. JSU went up 18-8 in the set following a Sadie Anderson kill and coasted to the 25-16 win.
CSU never trailed in the deciding fifth set as Martin put in a service ace as the Bucs built an early 5-1 lead. The Bucs and Gamecocks were tied at 10-10 before CSU closed out the frame on a 5-1 run capped by a block from Monsson and Klein in the win.
Allyson Zuhlke led the Gamecocks with 22 kills in the match. Rachel Perucki finished the match with 36 assists, while Hannah Kirk was JSU's defensive leader with 22 digs.
The Citadel 3, Charleston Southern 2 (25-23, 13-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-13)
Addison Kaderli led the Buccaneers with 18 kills, but it was not enough for Charleston Southern to hold off the Bulldogs in CSU's final match at the Bash in the Boro.
The Citadel battled back in the first set in taking the 1-0 lead over the Bucs following the Bulldogs' 25-23 win. Citadel utilized a 5-0 run midway through the frame sparked by a Megan Sowell kill. The Bulldogs' held the lead the remainder of the set with Carla Bruce putting in the final point of the set win.
Charleston Southern took control of the second set midway through the frame as the Buccaneers went on a 9-0 run in evening the match. With the Bucs leading 16-13, Connor Malone drilled the first kill sparking the run that ended the frame. The junior outside hitter added a second kill during the stretch, while Caitlyn Michalski ended the set with a solo block in the win.
The Citadel and the Bucs swapped set wins in 3 and 4 to send the match to the deciding fifth frame. Citadel took advantage of a 5-0 run midway through the third set on a trio of Carla Bruce kills to take the 25-20 set win. The Bucs scored eight of the first nine points in the fourth set with Kaderli putting in a kill and a block in the frame to even the match with the 25-22 set win.
The Citadel led 8-6 at the crossover in the fifth set before CSU made one final run. The Bucs narrowed the set down to one point on four separate occasions with the final coming at 14-13 following a Klein kill. However, CSU was unable to complete the comeback as Moriah Smith put in the final kill to close out the match.
Smith led the Bulldogs with 29 kills and 21 digs, while Bruce had 14 kills from the floor. Logan Smith contributed 37 assists and 14 digs from the floor in the win.