HAMPTON, Va. – After falling behind 1-0, the Charleston Southern volleyball defense shut down Hampton and took the next three sets for a 3-1 (18-25, 25-16, 26-24, 25-20) Friday night win.
Hampton (8-18, 2-13 Big South) hit .324 in the opening frame and took advantage of seven CSU (12-11, 7-8 Big South) errors and match-low .062 mark for the early 1-0 lead. That's where CSU's defense put their foot down.
Over the final three sets, Hampton only hit .042, .042 and -.029 while CSU was above .150 twice.
The Bucs shared the wealth once again Friday night as senior outside hitter led the attack with 11 kills, Madison Martin and Hannah Western headlined the defense with 23 digs and eight blocks while Rachel Smith added a season-high 32 assists.
Hampton was led by Kyndall Nicklas' match-high 17 kills and three service aces, but it wasn't enough to finish off the upset bid.
How It Happened
- Hampton came out swinging with a .324 mark including 16 kills and just five errors and three blocks. The opening frame was the only time Hampton hit above .050 on the night.
- CSU got on the board thanks to an efficient attack that gathered 13 kills and only two errors.
- CSU fell behind 24-21 and was on the brink of falling behind 2-1, but then rattled-off five-straight and battled through three set points for the momentum swing and third-set win.
- That momentum pushed CSU to the 3-1 win as they had a match-high 8-0 run between the third and fourth sets.
- CSU collected 36 of their 45 kills over the final three frames and collected at least three blocks including a match-high five in the clinching set. The Bucs also added three service aces in the fourth frame including Addison Kaderli's match-clincher.
News and Notes
- Friday marked the fifth time CSU has overcome a 1-0 deficit to win a Big South match this season and second time against Hampton. The win also gave CSU three season sweeps over Presbyterian, Gardner-Webb and Hampton.
- Rachel Smith tallied 35 assists Friday night, making it back-to-back matches with 30-plus.
- Three Bucs finished the night with 10-plus digs, five had six-or-more kills and five had multiple blocks.
- Friday's 12.5 blocks were the most from CSU since a 12-block performance at Gardner-Webb September 28. It was also the seventh time in Big South play CSU had double-digit blocks.
- With Campbell's win over Presbyterian earlier tonight, CSU would need a win against the Camels Saturday to have a chance at locking a bid for the Big South tournament. A win would mean a split between the Camels and Bucs so a tiebreak would determine who gets the bid.
The Bucs head to Campbell in a tie for the final spot of the Big South Championship on the line. A win would put CSU in the tournament as the No. 6 seed while a loss would give the edge to the Camels. First serve between CSU and Campbell is slated for 4 p.m. Saturday.