BUIES CREEK, N.C. –With their tournament hopes in the balance and the season possibly ending, Charleston Southern volleyball stepped up for a 3-1 (19-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-13) win Saturday at Campbell. The win locked the Bucs into the Big South tournament as the No. 6 seed after a 2-0 weekend.
Campbell (9-17, 7-9 Big South) took the first set thanks to their match-high .163 mark and 11 kills to just four errors, but it was short-lived as the CSU (13-11, 8-8 Big South) defense took over from there.
Facing a 1-0 deficit, the Bucs held Campbell to -.048, .038, and -.118 over the final three sets and kept the high-powered attack of Jessica Stocking and Sarah Colla in check with .103 and -.024 hitting percentages.
The win clinches a spot in the tournament for the third time in four seasons for CSU. The Bucs also carry a three-match win streak into the tournament, their longest such streak in Big South play.
Junior middle blocker Caitlyn Michalski paced the defense at the net turning in a team and match-high 13 total blocks as the Bucs had 21.5 as a team on the day. Michalski's 13 total and the 21.5 overall were both season highs. Michalski's 11 block assists tied for second-most in a single match in program history and her 13 overall set a program record for a four-set match.
Redshirt-freshman Madison Malloch posted a team-high 11 kills and added seven total blocks in the win. Senior libero Madison Martin had a match-high 31 digs as part of four Bucs with 11-plus digs. She was joined by Rachel Smith and Skylar Blackmon's 16 and Hannah Western's 11 digs.
Smith added 31 assists, giving her 30-plus in three-straight matches.
How It Happened
- Campbell took advantage of 10 CSU errors for a 25-19 first set win and hit .163 – their best mark of the day.
- The Buccaneer defense settled in and kept Campbell below .050 the rest of the way including two sets below .000. Over the final two sets, CSU collected 14 team blocks and picked up five of their nine service aces.
- CSU took the final three sets Saturday, doing so for the second time in less than 24 hours.
- After hitting .000 in the first set, CSU's offense progressed to .086, .093 and clinched it with .276.
Inside the Numbers
- CSU collected nine service aces Saturday, the most in Big South play and second-most behind their 13-ace performance over Savannah State.
- The 21.5 blocks shattered the previous 2018 high, nearly doubling the 13 turned in Friday night.
- Saturday's 90 digs were the second-most in a four-set match inside Big South play behind the 92 at USC Upstate.
Player of the Game - Madison Malloch
News and Notes
- CSU makes the Big South Conference Tournament for the third time in the past four seasons with Saturday's win.
- Saturday's win gave CSU their first three-game win streak inside conference play, currently the second-best streak in the conference behind only UNC Asheville.
- Senior Madison Martin has now gone over the 30-dig mark three times in 2018 and has double digit performances in 22 of CSU's 24 matches.
- Addison Kaderli enters the tournament just four kills from moving into sixth all-time at CSU.
Charleston Southern begins their bid for a Big South Championship Friday. It will be their third appearance in the last four seasons with previous matches against Campbell and Coastal Carolina. Start times, seedings and the bracket will be revealed from the conference office later Saturday night.