CHARLESTON, S.C. – After dropping the first set 26-24, Charleston Southern volleyball bounced back in a big way taking the final three sets 25-20, 25-23 and 25-20 for a 3-1 win over Hampton.
Saturday's win was the first of the season for Charleston Southern (6-4, 1-1 Big South) inside conference play after falling Friday night in five sets.
Freshman outside hitter Madison Malloch kept her streak alive as she led the Bucs with 12 kills – her eighth match with 10-plus kills over her past nine appearances.
Charleston Southern continues to sit among the top four of the Big South defensively s they held Hampton to just .179 from the floor after the Pirates hit nearly .240 Friday night.
How It Happened
- Hampton came out hot hitting .333 in the first set for a 26-24 win before the CSU defense clamped down the rest of the way.
- Across the final three sets, CSU held Hampton to .138, .200 and .050 to complete the comeback.
- CSU responded Hampton's opening blow with eight kills and 10 digs while forcing nine Pirate service errors.
- The third set saw another tight battle as the trio of Malloch, Monssen and Michalski each collected three kills.
- Charleston Southern closed the match thanks to Madison Martin's five digs and two assists as well as five more Hampton errors.
- Momentum swings were prevalent as each set saw both teams collect 20-plus points. In the end, CSU used Hampton's 22 service errors to overcome and stingy Hampton team.
Inside the Numbers
- Malloch started strong with five kills in the first set followed by three in the third and two in the fourth.
- Junior middle blocker added seven kills with a team-best .500 hitting percentage to go along with a team-best five block assists.
- Saturday made it back-to-back matches holding opponents below .200 from the floor to open Big South play.
- Martin made it nine-straight matches with 10-plus digs as she collected 16. Martin continues to climb towards the top of the all-time digs list as she sits with 1,651 in her career.
- Junior outside hitter Brooke Monssen made her first start of the season as she ends her weekend with 19 kills.
News and Notes
- Naiomi Rivera has 30-plus helpers in six of her past seven matches after 33 in Saturday's win.
- Addison Kaderli's quest for 1,000 kills keeps shrinking as she's up to 965 as a Buc after Saturday's five. She added a team-high three aces in the win.
- Hannah Western continues to show her versatility as she collected 10 digs and four block assists as well as five kills at the net.
CSU hits the road for the first time inside conference play as they head to Gardner-Webb Friday night and Winthrop Saturday. Both matches can be seen on the Big South Network on ESPN+ as Friday is slated for 6 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.