CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern was unable to rally back from a 2-0 deficit in falling four sets to Eastern Michigan on the first day of the Hampton Inn Charleston/West Ashley CofC Classic hosted by the College of Charleston in TD Arena. The Bucs fell by scores of 25-18, 25-21, 15-25, 25-18.
Hannah Western recorded her third double-double of the season for the Bucs (3-6) as the sophomore outside hitter paced CSU with 11 kills and 15 digs. Freshman Brooke Monssen added 11 kills, eight digs and five blocks in the loss.
Rachel Smith set up the CSU offense with 32 assists as the Bucs hit .137 as a team from the floor. Madison Martin continued her digs streak with her fourth straight match with 20-plus digs from the floor. The sophomore libero finished with a match-high 28 digs in the loss.
Charleston Southern continues the CofC Classic tomorrow as the Bucs take on tournament host College of Charleston and VCU on the final day of play. CSU will take on CofC at 1 p.m. and VCU at 4:30 p.m. in TD Arena.
EMU jumped ahead early in the first set and built a double-digit lead at 21-11 following a Jordan Smith kill. The Bucs fought their way back into the set late with a 7-3 run sparked by a Kylie Klein kill, but a service error end the set in favor of the Eagles, 25-18.
Eastern Michigan recorded eight of the first nine points in the second set to take the early lead before CSU rallied back. The Buccaneers went on a 11-3 run to take a 12-11 lead following back-to-back blocks by Smith and Klein, and Smith and Caitlyn Michalski. CSU held the 20-17 advantage late following a Smith kill before EMU rallied back with an 8-1 run to take the second set and the 2-0 lead.
CSU broke open a 7-7 tie with a 15-4 run to take firm control of the third set. Klein had three kills early to spark the CSU run, while Addison Kaderli closed out the stretch with back-to-back kills to give the Bucs the 22-11 advantage. The Bucs put the set away following a pair of EMU errors to narrow the gap to 2-1.
EMU made a late run in the fourth set in breaking an 18-18 tie as the Eagles took the final seven points of the match. Devan Murray and Samantha Falco had kills for EMU during the stretch to take the win.
Jordan Smith and Kelly Ferguson paced the Eagles (3-5) with 12 kills apiece as EMU hit .168 as a team from the floor. Mallory Rajewski set up the attack with 49 assists and finished with 17 digs defensively. Camille Schomer was the Eagles' backline leader with 23 digs.