CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern split a pair of five-set matches on Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational by falling to Jacksonville State, 3-2 and then coming from two sets down to knock off The Citadel, 3-2.
Jacksonville State 3, Charleston Southern 2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-21, 17-25, 15-11)
Jacksonville State scored six straight points in the decisive fifth set to take a 10-3 lead and a late surge by the Bucs wasn't enough as the Gamecocks won the second meeting between the teams this season. Kalysia Bates led CSU with 18 kills, while Hannah Western had 12 kills for the Bucs. Junior libero Madison Martin had 26 digs to lead CSU defensively.
Charleston Southern gained an early 10-7 lead in the first set on a kill by Kylie Klein. Jacksonville St. then went on a 10-3 run to take a 17-13 lead and the Gamecocks held a 20-16 advantage following a kill by Charis Ludtke. The Bucs closed the margin to 22-18 after a Brooke Monssen kill, but Jacksonville St. won the final three points to close the first set.
CSU came out strong in the second set and took a 16-10 lead following back-to-back kills by Monssen. The Bucs led 24-19, but the Gamecocks scored three straight points to tighten the set before another kill by Monssen tied the match 1-1.
Jacksonville St. gained an early 10-7 lead, but CSU scored six straight points and a kill by Western gave the Bucs a 13-10 lead. The Gamecocks took a 21-18 lead on a kill by Mackenzie Rombach. Charleston Southern cut the lead to 22-21 before three straight points from Jacksonville St. closed the third set.
The Bucs gained an 18-13 lead in the fourth set and didn't look back. A service ace by Skylar Blackmon gave CSU a 25-17 win to force a decisive fifth set.
The Gamecocks jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the final set and held off a late rally by CSU, which cut the lead to 13-11 on a kill by Klein. Jacksonville St. won the final two points of the match to seal the win.
Charleston Southern 3, The Citadel 2 (21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 26-24, 15-13)
Charleston Southern fought from two sets down to come back and defeat cross-town rival The Citadel in a five-set thriller at McAlister Field House. A well-rounded team-effort saw Addison Kaderli lead the way for CSU with 19 kills, while Kylie Klein had 15 kills for the Bucs. Madison Martin led the defensive efforts with 32 digs.
The Citadel broke a 20-20 tie in the first set and won four straight points before eventually winning the set 25-21 on a kill by Jen Barbot. The Bulldogs got off to an early lead in the second set and held on to take a 25-23 win on a service ace by Sarah Dobrich.
CSU took an 18-12 lead in the third set on a kill by Klein. The Citadel cut the margin to 22-19, but the Bucs won the final three points of the set to trim the Bulldogs' lead to 2-1.
A seesaw fourth set had The Citadel leading 21-18 before CSU won four straight points and back-to-back service aces by Macey LaPorte gave the Bucs a 22-21 lead. The teams were tied 24-24 when a kill by Kaderli followed by a kill by Western forced a decisive fifth set.
Charleston Southern led 9-6 in the final set until four straight points from the Bulldogs gave The Citadel a 10-9 lead. The teams were tied 12-12 before a kill by Kaderli gave the Bucs a lead they wouldn't relinquish. CSU led 14-13 when Kaderli closed the match with another kill to give the Bucs their first five-set win of the season.
Inside the Numbers
- Kalysia Bates had a team-high 32 kills on the day for the Bucs.
- Madison Martin had a team-high 58 digs on the day for CSU.
- Rachel Smith had 49 assists in the loss to Jacksonville St. and 50 assists in the win over The Citadel.
News and Notes
- Senior Kylie Klein was named to the All-Tournament team.
- The Bucs fell to Jacksonville St. for the second time this season.
- CSU defeated The Citadel for the first time since 2015.
Charleston Southern returns to action when it travels to play Presbyterian on Tuesday in the Big South Conference opener for both teams.