CHARLESTON, S.C. –Strong first sets from both Davidson and College of Charleston set the stage for a pair of 3-1 decisions as Charleston Southern fell in both matches to close their weekend at the College of Charleston Invitational.
Senior captain Madison Martin, who entered the day with five-straight matches collecting double-digit digs, extended that streak to seven thanks to a stellar performance against College of Charleston. In the loss, Martin came just one dig shy of tying her career-high and school record for digs in a four-set match (36) with 35 against the Cougars.
In the opener versus Davidson, the Bucs were outhit .264 to .153 in a 3-1 loss despite three players collecting 12-plus kills – Hannah Western with 15 and Madison Malloch and Addison Kaderli adding 12 each.
In the finale, the Bucs battled from a 2-0 deficit to claim the third set and was just a few points from a decisive fifth, but a 5-0 run closed the set and match in favor of the host Cougars and ending a 1-2 weekend.
The loss Saturday morning snapped a four-match win streak from the Bucs while the nightcap made it back-to-back losses for the first time this season.
Davidson 3, Charleston Southern 1 (25-17, 25-16, 19-25, 25-18)
Davidson grabbed early momentum and took the first two sets by 25-17, 25-16 scores before downing the Buccaneers 3-1 in Charleston Southern's first match of the afternoon. The loss snapped a four-match win streak for the Bucs and was just the second loss of the season after entering Saturday 5-1 on the heels of Friday's five-set victory over The Citadel.
Davidson had a .424 hitting percentage in the opening set while holding the Bucs to just .135. Overall, the Wildcats outhit CSU .264 to .153.
Senior outside hitter Hannah Western showed out with a season-high 15 kills while adding 12 digs for her first double-double of the season. She led a trio of Bucs with 10-plus kills as fellow senior Addison Kaderli had a season-high 12 and redshirt-freshman Madison Malloch added 12.
Entering the day with five-straight matches in double figures, senior captain Madison Martin collected 11 digs in the second set on her way to 24 total. The 24 digs were Martin's most since her 28-dig performance in a win over Robert Morris.
Junior middle blocker Caitlyn Michalski, who had four kills, led the Bucs with three blocks while Kaderli claimed two of her own.
Inside the Numbers
- Davidson got off to a hot start hitting a blazing .424 while holding the Bucs to just a .135 mark. In the three sets the Bucs dropped, they hit below .150 compared to a .436 mark in a third-set win.
- Hannah Western collected her first double-double of the season as she led the Bucs with 15 kills and added 12 digs. The 15 kills were a season-best as she reached the double-digit mark for the first time in 2018.
- Three Bucs finished with 12-plus kills for the first time as Western had 15, Addison Kaderli had 12 and Madison Malloch added 12.
- CSU also had three players finish with 10-plus digs led by Madison Martin's 24, Naiomi Rivera's 13 and Western's 12.
News and Notes
- Addison Kaderli's 12 kills were a season-high for the senior as she sits just 53 from reaching the 1,000 kill milestone
- Madison Martin's 24 digs extended her streak of matches with double-digit digs to six-straight and pushed her closer to second on the all-time digs list with 1,582.
- Naiomi Rivera has back-to-back matches with 40-plus assists. With the 41 helpers against Davidson, Rivera now has 520 in her career.
College of Charleston 3, Charleston Southern 1 (25-11, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22)
Led by 17 kills from Lauren Freed and 13 from Sylvia Duggan, College of Charleston was able to survive a late CSU surge that saw a near-career night for senior captain Madison Martin. Her 35 digs were just one shy of the four-set record and Martin's personal-best 36 she had in a home contest against Radford back on Oct. 14, 2016.
Just as she did in the opener, Hannah Western collected a double-double with 18 digs and 11 kills – her first two double-doubles of the 2018 season.
Meanwhile, senior Addison Kaderli collected a team-best and season-high 13 kills besting her 12-kill match to open the day.
Junior setter Naiomi Rivera continued her recent hot streak as she made it four-straight matches with 30-plus assists as she collected 79 on the day between the eight sets and two matches – 41 against Davidson and 38 against the host College of Charleston.
Inside the Numbers
- Hannah Western made it back-to-back matches with double-doubles as she collected a combined 26 kills and 33 digs Saturday. Both performances came as the first double-doubles of the season for the senior outside hitter.
- CSU had five players end the nightcap with 10-plus digs –Martin (35), Western (18), Rachel Smith (17), Rivera (13) and Skylar Blackmon (10) for the first time this season. That came just hours after having three players with 10-plus digs to open the day against Davidson.
News and Notes
- With her 35 digs Saturday night, Madison Martin sits third all-time on the career digs list with 1,617. Her 35 also came just one shy of tying the program record for four-set digs, a feat she set on Oct. 14, 2016 against Radford.
- Addison Kaderli keeps getting closer to 1,000 career kills thanks to her 25 Saturday across two matches. The senior is just 46 away from reaching the milestone. Kaderli also climbs to fourth on the all-time attacks chart with 3.427 to her credit.
- Hannah Western's stellar Saturday bumped her three spots up the all-time attacks list with 1,861 total and within striking distance of climbing another rung. Western also etched her name among the top-25 digs list as she has 706 dinning a Buccaneer uniform.
Charleston Southern heads north to Wilmington for the UNCW Tournament Sept. 14 and 15 before Big South play gets underway Sept. 18 with a home date against UNC Asheville. The Bucs begin their UNCW Tournament slate against Providence Friday, Sept. 14 with a 5 p.m. start time.