CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern defeated Alabama A&M in straight sets on Friday at the Bulldog Invitational, 33-31, 25-15, 25-12. Kylie Klein led the Bucs with 15 kills, while Madison Martin continues to lead the defensive effort with 15 digs.
CSU improves to 4-8 on the season following its third straight win. The Bulldogs fell to 0-9 on the year with the loss.
A back-and-forth first set saw the Buccaneers take a 14-10 lead, but Alabama A&M tied the match 17-17 following a service ace by Cierra Davis. The score was knotted at 23-23 and the teams continued to trade points until Addison Kaderli had a kill to put the Bucs in front 32-31. An attack error by the Bulldogs' Mikel Coleman on the next point gave CSU the first set.
Charleston Southern got off to a fast start in the second set and led 9-2 following a kill by Kalysia Bates. CSU extended its lead to 19-9 after a kill by Kylie Klein. Alabama A&M cut the lead to 22-15, but the Bucs won the final three points to close the set.
CSU picked up where it left off in the third set and took an 8-2 lead on a service ace by Kaderli, who had a team-high three service aces in the match. The Bulldogs trimmed the score to 11-7 before the Bucs scored seven of the next nine points to take an 18-9 lead on a kill by Macey LaPorte. CSU rolled from there and Deona Mims had a kill to close the match and seal the win for the Bucs.
Inside the Numbers
- Kylie Klein led the Bucs with a team-high 15 kills.
- Madison Martin had 15 digs while Addison Kaderli added 11 digs.
- Rachel Smith had a team-high 41 assists.
News & Notes
- CSU has now won three straight matches.
- The Bucs face Jacksonville St. on Saturday for the second time this season. CSU previously fell to the Gamecocks 3-1 in the Catamount Volleyball Classic on Aug. 26.
- CSU looks to record its first win against The Citadel since 2015 when the teams meet on Saturday night.
Charleston Southern continues play in the Bulldog Invitational when it faces Jacksonville St. on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The Bucs then play tournament host The Citadel later that evening at 7 p.m.