Buccaneers fall to CofC and VCU on final day of CofC Classic

Buccaneers fall to CofC and VCU on final day of CofC Classic

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern fell in both matches on the final day of the Hampton Inn Charleston/West Ashley CofC Classic as the Bucs dropped decisions to tournament host College of Charleston and VCU on Saturday afternoon. The Bucs fell in four sets to CofC, 22-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-22. CSU fell in three sets to VCU, 25-23, 25-14, 25-16.

CSU remains on the road this week as the Buccaneers travel to Savannah State on Tuesday afternoon. First serve between the Bucs and the Tigers in Willcox-Wiley Gym is set for 4:30 p.m.

College of Charleston 3, Charleston Southern 1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-22)
Brooke Monssen led the Bucs (3-7) with 16 kills and added four blocks on the afternoon as the Bucs took the first set against the Cougars in the loss. Addison Kaderli added 10 kills and two digs for the CSU offense. Rachel Smith set up the Bucs' offense with 31 assists. Madison Martin (19), Taylor Allman (16) and Hannah Western (10) were all in double-digits in digs with 10.

CSU will take on VCU this afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in their final match of the CofC Classic at TD Arena.

The Bucs went up 8-4 following a 5-0 run early in the first set with Caitlyn Michalski capping the stretch with a kill. CSU's lead reached seven at 16-9 following a Kylie Klein solo block before the Cougars mounted a comeback in the frame. CofC took the 19-18 lead late in the set on a CSU attack error before the Bucs took control late. CSU recorded five of the final seven points in the set with Kaderli putting in the final two kills to cap the 25-22 set win.

CofC broke open the second set with a 5-0 run on their way to evening the match at 1-1. The Cougars went up 13-9 following the run with McKala Rhodes putting in a service ace during the stretch in taking the lead. The Bucs narrowed the gap down to one point at 14-13 following a Monssen kill before the Cougars took control in taking the 25-17 set win.

The Cougars built a double-digit lead in the third set, going up 21-10 at one point, in going ahead 2-1. Klein put in the final kill for CSU in the frame as CofC closed out the 25-13 set win on a Bucs' attack error.

CofC recorded the first five points and 14 of the first 17 in the fourth set to build a commanding lead early in the frame. Charleston Southern nearly completed the double-digit point comeback as the Bucs brought the set all the way back to 22-21 following a CofC attack error. Klein extended the match and kept CSU alive late before the Cougars' Lauren Freed put in the final point of the 25-22 set win.

Kennedy Madison and Freed led the Cougars with 18 kills apiece, while Maddie LaGrande was also in double-digits with 13. Allison Beckman set up the CofC offense with 54 assists. Freed led the Cougars with 20 digs.

VCU 3, Charleston Southern 0 (25-23, 25-14, 25-16)
Addison Kaderli paced CSU (3-8) with eight kills and a pair of digs as the Buccaneers fell in their final match of the weekend to VCU.

Brooke Monssen added seven kills, while Rachel Smith completed the double-double with a team-high 12 assists and 11 digs.

The first set was tightly contested with the teams tying the frame up on 10 separate occasions. CSU took the late 23-21 lead following a pair of Monssen kills. VCU responded with a 4-0 run to end the set and take the 1-0 lead following a Sahbria McLetchie kill.

VCU jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the second set behind a 7-0 run on Tyler Sroufe's serve. CSU was unable to pull the set back within eight points the rest of the way as VCU's Alica Kandler put in the final point of the 25-14 set win.

The Bucs continued to fight back throughout the third set, but CSU was unable to keep pace with the Rams late in falling 25-17.

Kandler led VCU with 11 kills as the Rams hit .375 as a team from the floor. Sroufe set up the offense with 34 assists, while Vicky Giommarini led VCU with 14 digs.