CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Charleston Southern fell in the opening match of the Catamount Volleyball Classic, dropping a three-set decision to Tennessee Tech on Friday afternoon, 25-11, 26-24, 25-19.
Brooke Monssen made the most of her collegiate debut as the Jacksonville, N.C. native led the Bucs (0-1) with nine kills and a .319 hitting percentage from the floor. Monssen added three block assists in the match.
Hannah Western and Caitlyn Michalski added six kills apiece for the Bucs in the loss. Rachel Smith set up the CSU offense with 26 assists, while Taylor Allman led the team's backline efforts with 11 digs. Kylie Klein added three blocks (one solo, two assists) at the net.
Tennessee Tech (1-0) was led by Shealene Little's 14 kills and eight digs. K'Vonna Johnson was also in double-digits in the kills category with 11. Kennedy Wade led TTU's defensive efforts with 20 digs in the match. Sharon Anderson was the assist leader with 40.
CSU continues play at the Catamount Volleyball Classic tomorrow afternoon as the Bucs take on tournament host Western Carolina at 1:30 p.m. and UAB at 4:30 p.m. CSU's match against Western Carolina will be streamed live via the SoCon Digital Network.
Tennessee Tech jumped ahead early in the first set with the Golden Eagles scoring five of the first six points on their way to building a double-digit lead. TTU scored the final four points of the frame with Rachel Thomas putting in a pair of kills at the end to cap the 25-11 set win.
CSU rallied back from a second set deficit to extend the frame before falling 26-24. The Bucs rallied back from a 20-15 deficit with Michalski and Monssen combining for a block and Addison Kaderli put away a pair of kills during a 7-1 stretch that gave CSU the 22-21 lead. With CSU trailing 24-22, Monssen and Western put in back-to-back kills to extend the set. TTU followed with a pair of kills from Shaneice James and Little to close out the frame.
TTU built a seven-point advantage in the third set and the Bucs rally late in the frame fell short as the Golden Eagles closed out the sweep. Monssen recorded a trio of late kills for CSU, but the Bucs were unable to bring the match back within five points in falling in their season opener.