BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Charleston Southern was unable to answer a late Campbell rally as the Buccaneers closed out the three-match road trip in Buies Creek on Saturday afternoon with a five-set loss to the Camels. CSU took the first and third sets in falling 20-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 15-10.
Madison Martin recorded her third 30-plus dig effort of the season to pace the Bucs (11-16, 6-5) on the afternoon as CSU held Campbell to a .158 hitting percentage. Martin currently possesses three of the Big South's nine 30-plus dig efforts in 2016 with a season-high 36 coming on October 14 against Radford.
Brooke Monssen, Hannah Western, and Addison Kaderli all recorded double-doubles on the afternoon to lead CSU. Monssen finished with a team-high 14 kills and 15 digs. Kaderli and Western both recorded 11 kills and 15 digs in the loss. Rachel Smith set up the offense with a match-high 29 assists.
Jenny Tait led Campbell (12-14, 7-5) with 18 kills and a .333 hitting percentage to led CU to the season split against the Bucs. Loni Kreun added 17 kills and 20 digs in the win. Kayla Schanback led the Camels' defensive efforts with 30 digs, while Summer Schuitema set up the offense with 29 assists.
CSU trailed 16-13 midway through the first set before the Bucs took control of the frame on Macey LaPorte's serve. The freshman utility player connected on an ace to tie the set up at 16-16 as the Bucs used a 6-0 run to build a 19-16 advantage. Following back-to-back Campbell points, Monssen placed in a kill and Martin recorded back-to-back aces as the Bucs closed out the 25-20 set win.
The Camels broke the second set open with a 7-1 run to take a 17-10 advantage following back-to-back Tait kills. CSU nearly rallied all the way back as Caitlyn Michalski and Rachel Smith connected on a block as the Bucs narrowed the gap to 24-23 late in the frame. An Allena Heath kill ended the Bucs' comeback attempt and sent the teams into the break tied at 1-1.
Three straight Campbell errors turned a 12-12 third set into a 15-12 advantage for the Bucs and CSU never trailed the remainder of the frame in building a 2-1 lead. The Bucs held the 24-19 advantage following back-to-back kills by Kylie Klein and Hannah Western. The Camels held off three set points before an attack error gave the 25-22 set win to CSU.
Campbell went up 19-13 in the fourth set before CSU fought its way back into the frame. The Bucs narrowed the gap down to two points at 20-18 following a block by Michalski and Kaderli, and a CU attack error. Kaderli answered a Tait kill with one of her own to keep the margin at two before Campbell took four of the final five points in the frame.
CU rattled off five straight points in the fifth set to turn a 5-5 tie into a 10-5 advantage following a Heath kill. The Bucs were able to bring the set back to within two at 11-9, but Kreun, Tait, and Rachel Harty all connected on kills to end the match in favor of the home team.
The Buccaneers return home to the Buccaneer Field House this week for their final homestand as CSU welcomes Presbyterian, Gardner-Webb, and Winthrop to close out the home portion of the 2016 schedule. The Bucs open the homestand on Tuesday night against PC with first serve on the Big South Network set for 7 p.m.