SAVANNAH, Ga. - Addison Kaderli and Kylie Klein led Charleston Southern past Savannah State on Tuesday night as the Buccaneers topped the Lady Tigers on the road at Willcox-Wiley Gym, 25-10, 14-25, 25-14, 25-15.
Kaderli led the Bucs (4-8) with 13 kills as CSU built large leads in all three of its set wins. Klein added 12 kills and six blocks as the junior middle blocker hit .667 from the floor. CSU hit .263 overall as a team as the Bucs topped Savannah State for the second time in the 2016 season.
Brooke Monssen added nine kills and a season-high four service aces in the victory. Rachel Smith set up the offense with 36 assists and completed the double-double with 10 digs. Madison Martin led CSU's backline with 22 digs.
CSU remains on the road this weekend at the Bulldog Invitational as the Buccaneers make the trip to The Citadel and McAlister Field House on September 16-17. CSU will take on Austin Peay, Savannah State, Elon and The Citadel over the two-day event.
The Bucs quickly built a double-digit lead in the first set as CSU held the 12-2 advantage following a Kaderli kill. CSU's lead hovered around 10 points until the Bucs closed out the set on a 4-0 run with Klein putting in the final kill of the 25-10 set win.
Savannah State flipped the script in the second set as the Lady Tigers recorded the first nine points of the set on its way to building an early 11-1 lead. Trailing 22-8, the Bucs made a late 6-2 run in an attempt to get back into the frame before a CSU attack error ended the set in favor of the Tigers.
The Bucs came out of the break in the third set with 10 of the first 13 points to seize control of the frame early. CSU's lead reached double-digits at 18-7 following a 5-0 run backed by a pair of Caitlyn Michalski kills. SSU narrowed the gap to 19-13 before the Bucs closed out the set with six of the final seven points as Klein again capped the frame with the final kill.
Macey LaPorte put in back-to-back service aces to stake CSU to a 14-3 lead in the fourth set as the Buccaneers cruised to the win over the Lady Tigers.
Gabrielle Nathaniel led Savannah State with eight kills in the loss. Alee Quint set up the SSU offense with 18 assists, while Alexis Washington led the team with 16 digs.