CHARLESTON, S.C. – A season-high 17 kills from Brooke Monssen to go along with 14 from Addison Kaderli generated enough offense and momentum for Charleston Southern Tuesday night as they knocked off Presbyterian 3-2 (16-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 15-9) in Big South Volleyball action.
Entering the match alone atop the conference, Presbyterian (6-9, 4-1 Big South) dropped their first match inside Big South play at the hands of the home Bucs.
Charleston Southern (8-5, 3-2 Big South) saw major contributions across the floor ranging from Monssen and Kaderli's kills to Madison Martin's 26 and Skylar Blackmon's 19 digs to Naiomi Rivera's 45 assists. The win was the third over the past four contests for CSU as they pulled into a two-way tie for fourth place.
How It Happened
- Presbyterian came out strong with two service aces and took advantage of a CSU -.021 hitting percentage to collect a 25-16 win. The first set was the only time CSU hit below .050 and the .179 for Presbyterian was their highest of the night.
- CSU roared back with a 25-21 win thanks to three kills from both Monssen and Hannah Western as well as 10 helpers from Rivera.
- CSU hit a blazing .345 in the second set as they only had two errors and 12 kills.
- The third set was a seesaw affair as Presbyterian took it 25-23 behind five kills from Erin Eulitz, four from Lauren Talbert and three from Erin Cooke.
- CSU put their foot to the gas over the final two sets taking both by scores of 25-16 and 15-9 thanks to the hot hands of Monssen and Kaderli.
- The Bucs hit .229 in the fourth set as Monssen had six kills and a .667 mark.
- Madison Martin had seven digs in the decisive fifth set as the Bucs turned in 20 as a team despite just needing 15 points in the set.
Inside the Numbers
- The 17 kills from Monssen were a season-high after collecting 13 in her season debut just two weeks ago.
- Addison Kaderli provided a strong one-two punch for the Bucs as she turned in a double-double with 14 kills, 11 digs and four blocks.
- Skylar Blackmon showed out with a season-best 19 digs giving her double digits in CSU's last two wins. Her 19, along with Martin's 26, led a CSU defense that collected 97 digs – by far the most since beginning Big South play.
- CSU entered the match with a Big South-leading .159 opponents' hitting percentage. They bettered that number thanks to a .116 defensive night to help knock off first-place Presbyterian.
- Five Buccaneers ended the night with double-digit digs for the first time since Sept. 8 against College of Charleston.
New and Notes
- Addison Kaderli's big night leaves her just six kills from reaching the 1,000 mark for her career thanks to 14 Tuesday. The senior will have a chance to collect that milestone in front of the home CSU faithful Saturday afternoon.
- Brooke Monssen also reached the 500-kill mark in the win as she did so in the first set. Monssen hasn't missed a beat since returning to the lineup as she now has 2.43 kills per set with at least six kills in each of her five matches played.
- Madison Martin enters the weekend just 40 digs from reaching second place on the program's all-time list. Her 26 Tuesday were the most in a Big South match for the senior this season surpassing 25 in CSU's win at Gardner-Webb.
- Junior middle blocker Caitlyn Michalski turned in a gem on both sides of the ball as she blocked eight Blue Hose attacks and turned in seven kills.
Quotes From Monssen
"It was definitely hard watching my teammates go through preseason and everything else, and it lit a fire under me because I kept thinking 'when I get back out there, I'm going to be so thankful for every single point.' It's just so much fun to play with the girls. I can't think of another team that's as close as we all are. Playing for the team really drove me to come back strong." – Monssen on her journey back to the court after missing all of nonconference play.
"It feels surreal. In the fifth set I saw the score –and we talked about this in the locker room – there wasn't a doubt in my mind about the outcome. Everyone was on fire and so positive and relentless. That's the word we kept saying on the court – we're relentless and we have to push for perfection." – Monssen on the team's mentality in the fifth set and grabbing a win.
CSU entertains High Point Saturday afternoon inside the Buc Dome as the middle match of three-straight at home. First serve is set for 2 p.m.