CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern closes the regular season on the road against Hampton and Campbell – two teams the Bucs opened the Big South season with. In the opening weekend, CSU went 1-1 dropping a five-set match to Campbell then followed with a 3-1 win over the Pirates just 24 hours later.
The Bucs handled their business over the weekend taking down a young, scrappy Gardner-Webb team 3-1 on Senior Day. The trio of Addison Kaderli, Madison Martin and Hannah Western continued their season-long trends in the match with Martin leading the team in digs, Kaderli reaching the 12-kill mark and Western adding eight kills, five digs and three blocks.
The final two matches have huge implications for CSU as two wins would almost certainly lock-in the Bucs for a Big South tournament spot. CSU enters the weekend in a three-way tie with Campbell and Presbyterian at 6-8 for the final spot in the tournament.
In their first season in the Big South, Hampton has a pair of wins over surging UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb, but can play spoiler against both Charleston Southern and Presbyterian. Since they last played CSU, Hampton has collected wins over UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb as well as former MEAC rival Norfolk State.
The Pirates sit second in the Big South with 1.55 service aces per set led by Megann Delgado's 0.46 – second among individuals. Delgado also leads the conference in kills per set (3.95).
Campbell enters the weekend tied at 6-8 with CSU and Presbyterian and takes on both teams. In their first match against CSU, freshman Sarah Colla had 35 of the Camels' 63 kills leading them to a 3-2 win inside the Buc Dome. Those 35 kills broke the previous Big South record for most in a single match.
Colla has two of the top-three performances by a Big South player this season after a 28-kill night against USC Upstate over the weekend.
Brooke Monssen – Junior, Outside Hitter
In her three matches this past week, junior outside hitter Brooke Monssen turned in 3.2 kills per set and had 10-plus kills in each match including 14 against Winthrop Friday night. Monssen now leads the Bucs with 2.62 kills per set and has four-straight matches with 10-plus kills. In her season debut against the Camels, Monssen had 13 kills – good for second on the team behind redshirt-freshman Madison Malloch's 15.
Madison Malloch – Redshirt-freshman, Outside Hitter
Making her Big South debut, Madison Malloch had 15 kills in a five-set match against the Camels and followed with 12 the next day in a four-set win over Hampton. Her 3.0 kills per set led the CSU offense that weekend and she sits second overall with 2.48 per set.
Megann Delgado – Junior, Outside Hitter
In the last meeting, Megann Delgado collected a match-high 17 kills and added nine digs as CSU took the match 3-1 inside the Buc Dome. A junior from Lakewood, Calif., Delgado leads the Big South with her 3.95 kills per set and sits second with 0.46 service aces per set.
Sarah Colla – Freshman, Outside Hitter
In her Big South debut, freshman outside hitter set a new Big South record with 35 kills against CSU back on September 21 inside the Buc Dome. Her 35 bested the previous high of 31 and she owns two of the top-three performances this season after collecting 28 Saturday against USC Upstate. Colla is third in the league with 3.58 kills per set and leads all freshman.
The Bucs' regular season comes to a close Saturday as the 2018 Big South Championship gets underway Friday, November 16 from Asheville, N.C. CSU can lock a spot in the tournament with a 2-0 weekend.