CSU picks up first set, but falls 3-1 to Liberty

CSU picks up first set, but falls 3-1 to Liberty

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern picked up the first set, but was unable to overcome Liberty on Saturday as the Buccaneers dropped a four set decision to the Flames, 21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-17.

CSU (8-16, 3-7) was led by Brooke Monssen with 11 kills, while Addison Kaderli had ten kills for the Bucs. Madison Martin led CSU defensively with 15 digs and Rachel Smith added 30 assists.

Winners of three straight, Liberty (9-14, 6-4) got off to a fast start and took a 6-3 lead on a kill by Anna Gragg. Charleston Southern fought back to win seven of the next eight points to take a 10-7 lead on a service ace by Skylar Blackmon. A kill by Monssen gave CSU a 15-14 lead and the Bucs led 21-19 after a kill by Kalysia Bates. The match was tied 21-21 following a kill by Liberty's Sirena Vorster, but Charleston Southern won the final four points of the frame to close the first set.

A kill by Kaderli in the second set tied the score 8-8 until Liberty grabbed a 13-10 lead on a kill by Gragg. The Flames led 20-15 after a kill by Vorster. CSU then won four straight points to close the margin to 20-19. Liberty took advantage of a service error by the Bucs to lead 23-20 and held a 24-21 lead after another kill by Gragg. Two points later, the Flames won the set on an attack error by CSU to tie the match 1-1.

CSU led 9-7 in the third set following a kill by Kylie Klein. Liberty then used a service ace by Victoria Baptista to cap off five points in a row for the Flames to go in front 12-9. A kill by Gabrielle Vess gave Liberty a 16-12 advantage and the lead for the Flames grew to 19-14 after an attack error by the Bucs. Liberty led 22-16 following back-to-back kills by Vess. A kill by Kaderli and a kill by Monssen trimmed the lead to 22-18, but the Flames won the next three points to close the set and take a 2-1 lead.

Liberty won the opening three points of the fourth set until six straight points by CSU gave the Bucs an early 6-3 lead. The Flames regained the lead 10-9 when Casey Goodwin had a kill. Charleston Southern led 14-13 after a kill by Monssen, but Liberty won five in a row to take an 18-14 lead on another kill by Goodwin. CSU trailed 22-17 following a kill by Klein. The Flames then won three straight points to win the set and the match.

Inside the Numbers

·         Brooke Monssen led CSU in kills in both matches with Liberty this season. She had ten kills in the match on Oct. 14 and 11 kills on Saturday.

·         Rachel Smith had her thirteenth double-double of the season with 11 digs and 30 assists.

·         Madison Martin has recorded double-digit digs in four straight matches after a team-high 15 digs.

·         Kalysia Bates led CSU with six blocks and continues to lead the Bucs in blocks per set (1.08).

·         Kylie Klein had three blocks and now sits in fifth place all-time at CSU with 396 blocks.

News and Notes

·         Charleston Southern has dropped five of its last six Big South matches.

·         CSU has fallen to Liberty in 18 of the last 19 meetings.

·         The Bucs pick up a set for the first time since a 3-1 win at Gardner-Webb on Oct. 13.

·         Charleston Southern sits in seventh place in the Big South standings with six matches remaining in the regular season.

Up Next
CSU hits the road for a match at Winthrop on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The Bucs then return home for a match with UNC Asheville on Friday, Oct. 27.

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