CSU falls at High Point in straight sets

CSU falls at High Point in straight sets
High Point, N.C. – Charleston Southern was unable to overcome host High Point on Friday night as the Buccaneers fell in straight sets, 25-18, 25-10, 25-18.
CSU falls to 8-20, 3-11 following the loss, while High Point improves to 21-16, 14-0 with the win. Kalysia Bates led the Bucs attacking efforts with eight kills. Madison Martin paced CSU defensively with 14 digs.
The first set went back-and-forth with Hannah Western tying up the set at 8-8 with a kill. High Point followed with five straight points to lead 13-8 after a CSU attack error. Kylie Klein cut the lead to 17-15  with a kill and an attack error by the Panthers trimmed HPU's lead to 19-18. However, High Point won the final six points to close the first set.
The Panthers jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the second set after a Jordan Hefner kill. AHigh Point attack error narrowed the Panthers' lead to 10-7. Macey LaPorte's service ace helped the Bucs keep pace as CSU cut the HPU lead to 13-9, but that was as close as the Bucs were able to get. A late stretch by the Panthers sealed the HPU win as the hosts took the final nine points to secure the set and take a 2-0 lead.
High Point stormed out to a 10-4 lead in the third set. A Bates kill cut the margin to 13-8. The Panthers led 18-13 following an Abby Broadstreet kill. CSU trimmed the lead to 19-16 after another Bates kill. High Point led 23-18 when back-to-back kills by Hefner closed the set and the match for the Panthers.
Inside the Numbers
·      Rachel Smith led Charleston Southern with 14 assists. Smith ranks eighth all-time at CSU with 1,768 career assists.
·      Kalysia Bates had eight kills and four blocks. It was the most kills for Bates since she recorded ten kills in a four-set win over Gardner-Webb on Oct. 13.
·      Madison Martin had double-digit digs for the eighth straight match. She ranks fourth all-time at CSU with 1,425 career digs.
News and Notes
·      CSU dropped its seventh straight Big South match.
·      The Bucs fell for the 25th straight time to the league-leading Panthers.
·      Charleston Southern sits in seventh place in the Big South standings. The Bucs are no longer in contention for the Big South Championship.
Up Next
CSU travels to play at Radford on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. The Bucs conclude the season by traveling to play Campbell on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m.