ELON, N.C. – Charleston Southern picked up two wins on Saturday at the Elon Phoenix Classic. The Bucs defeated Norfolk State 3-1 before taking down N.C. Central 3-1 later in the afternoon.
Charleston Southern 3, Norfolk State 1 (25-17, 25-19, 18-25, 25-14)
Charleston Southern (3-8) never trailed in the opening two sets on its way to a 3-1 win over Norfolk State (2-4) at Alumni Gym. Kalysia Bates paced the Bucs offensively with nine kills while Madison Martin led the team defensively with 17 digs.
CSU jumped out to an early 10-6 lead following a kill from Hannah Western. The teams were tied 15-15 before the Bucs scored 10 of the final 12 points to close out the set.
A kill by Addison Kaderli gave CSU a 10-6 lead in set two. CSU led 22-15 following a serve from Macey LaPorte that wasn't returned by the Spartans. Another kill by Kaderli gave the Bucs a 25-19 win in the second set.
Norfolk State responded with a strong third set and took a 10-6 lead after a kill by Lexi Brown. CSU cut the margin to 13-12, but the Spartans were persistent and led 22-18 before scoring the final three points to win the third set 25-18.
Charleston Southern bounced back in the fourth set and took an 11-5 lead that was extended to 19-10 following a kill by Kylie Klein. The Bucs scored six of the final 10 points to secure the set and win the match.
Charleston Southern 3, N.C. Central 1 (28-26, 25-14, 23-25, 25-12)
CSU scored the final six points of the match as it defeated N.C. Central 3-1 on Saturday in the Elon Phoenix Classic. Addison Kaderli led the Bucs offensively with 16 kills while Madison Martin led the defensive effort with 22 digs.
A back-and-forth opening set had several lead changes and a tight score until the end when CSU took a 28-26 win on back-to-back kills by Kaderli.
Charleston Southern controlled the second set by hitting .444. The Bucs lead grew to double digits as soon as 16-6 before NCCU trimmed the score to 20-13. CSU won five of the last six points to close out the set with a 25-14 win.
CSU led in the third set 16-13 and the Buccaneers continued to lead 23-21 before the Lady Eagles scored the final four points to take a 25-23 win and cut the match score to 2-1.
The Bucs used a 7-0 run in the fourth set to gain a 13-6 advantage over NCCU. Charleston Southern cruised from there and led 19-12 before scoring the final six points to close the match and seal the win.
Hannah Western and Kalysia Bates were named to the all-tournament team for CSU while Elon's Kam Terry was named the Tournament MVP. Also named to the all-tournament team were Elon's Sydney Busa and Kodi Garcia. Norfolk State's Hope Forsythe and N.C. Central's Da'Nesha Miller also received all-tournament team nods.
CSU returns to action when it travels to play at The Citadel Tournament in Charleston, S.C. next weekend on September 15-16. The Bucs will face Alabama A&M on Friday before taking on Jacksonville St. and The Citadel on Saturday.