CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in their final two matches of the Bulldog Invitational on Saturday afternoon as the Buccaneers dropped decisions to Elon and The Citadel. CSU fell in straight sets to Elon in their first match of the day, 25-19, 25-20, 25-23. The Bucs dropped a four-set decision in the nightcap to the host Bulldogs, 21-25, 25-14, 26-24, 25-17.
The Buccaneers continue their season-opening road trip this week as Charleston Southern opens Big South Conference play on Tuesday night at Presbyterian. First serve between the Bucs and the Blue Hose in the Templeton Center is set for 7 p.m. on the Big South Network.
Elon 3, Charleston Southern 0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-23)
Addison Kaderli led the Bucs with 10 kills in the match and Madison Martin had 17 digs as CSU fell to the Phoenix in their first match of the day, 3-0.
The Bucs hit .152 as a team from the floor in the contest with Kylie Klein adding six kills and two blocks, while Logan Windsor recorded a season-high five kills in the loss. Naiomi Rivera set up CSU's offense with 15 assists, while Martin added nine assists in the loss.
Kam Terry paced the Phoenix with 15 kills and nine digs in the match. Sydney Busa added 13 kills and 12 digs, while Sydel Curry set up the offense with 33 assists in the win.
Elon jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the first set with Terry, Busa and Curry all putting in kills during the span. The Bucs rallied back to narrow the gap down to three points at 16-13 following a Rachel Smith kill. CSU brought the set back to 20-18 following a pair of Elon attack errors before the Phoenix rallied to take the 25-19 set win.
The Phoenix utilized a 5-0 run late in the second set on their way to building the 20-15 advantage following a Terry kill. Caitlyn Michalski sparked the CSU comeback attempt with a kill and Windsor put in a point along the way, but it was not enough to bring the Bucs all the way back in the 25-20 set loss.
CSU and Elon were tied 21-21 in the third set following a Malone kill in the contested third set. Elon rattled off three straight points to bring the frame to match point at 24-21 following a combined block by Elizabeth Coil and Terry. A Kaderli kill and a Malone and Klein combined block kept the match alive for CSU before Terry put in the final point for the Phoenix.
The Citadel 3, Charleston Southern 1 (21-25, 25-14, 26-24, 25-17)
Addison Kaderli again paced the CSU offense in the nightcap with 15 kills and eight digs, but the Buccaneers were unable to build off of their first set win in falling in the final match of the Bulldog Invitational to The Citadel, 3-1.
Carla Bruce led the Bulldogs with 15 kills, while Megan Sowell (12) and Moriah Smith (11) were also in double-digits on the night for The Citadel. Logan Smith set up the Bulldogs' offense with 32 assists while Samantha Espy had a team-high 21 digs in the win. Sarah Dobrich led The Citadel's efforts at the net with 10 total blocks.
Charleston Southern came out with the hot hand in the first set as the Buccaneers recorded nine of the first 11 points of the match. Klein had a pair of kills and a block early in the set to pace the Bucs to the 9-2 lead. The Citadel battled back to tie the set up at 12-12 before CSU took control of the frame. CSU went up 18-12 following back-to-back kills by Malone and Klein and held off a late Bulldog charge in taking the 25-21 set win.
With the second set tied 6-6, The Citadel went on a 15-0 run to take control of the frame and even the match at 1-1. Kaderli put in a pair of late kills for the Bucs as CSU attempted to rally back before Sowell put in the final point for the Bulldogs in the 25-14 set win.
The Bulldogs broke a 13-13 tie in the third set with a 9-1 run. Dobrich and Smith combined on back-to-back blocks to cap the end of the run for The Citadel as the Bulldogs went up 22-14. CSU rallied all the way back as the Bucs utilized a 7-0 run to tie the frame up at 24-24 on Taylor Allman's serve. However, the Bucs' rally came up short as the Bulldogs used a Bruce kill and a CSU attack error to end the 26-24 set win.
Charleston Southern and the Bulldogs were tied 14-14 in the fourth set before The Citadel pulled away. The Bulldogs used an 11-3 run to end the match with Bruce putting in the final point of the 25-17 set win.