Energized Bucs take down Radford Friday night

Energized Bucs take down Radford Friday night

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Led by season and career-best performances around the court, Charleston Southern volleyball knocked off Radford 3-2 (25-21, 17-25, 25-17, 20-25, 16-14) Friday night to end their homestand.

Senior outside hitter Addison Kaderli, who was recognized before the match for reaching 1,000 career kills, lived up to the billing as she collected a season-high 18 and hit a team-best .267 in the win.

Fellow senior Hannah Western nearly turned-in a double-double as she finished the night with eight kills, 10 digs and a team-high six blocks. Madison Martin added 26 digs from the backline as CSU held Radford to just .129 from the floor.

Junior outside hitter Brooke Monssen continued her hot streak to the tune of 16 kills while classmate Rachel Smith had a career-high 25 digs and Naiomi Rivera added 44 helpers.

CSU and Radford traded set the whole night before the home Buccaneers rode the crowd and momentum to a 3-2 thriller. Friday's drama-filled victory made it a 2-1 homestand for CSU as they knocked off Presbyterian and the Highlanders in a stretch that saw three of the Big South's top-four teams enter the Buc Dome.

CSU became just the second team in the Big South to defeat Radford dating back to October 3, 2017 joining High Point.

How It Happened

  • CSU won the first set after a 12-2 run took the Bucs from down 11-6 to leading 18-13. In the opening frame, CSU hit .227 while holding the Highlanders to just .159 thanks to seven digs from Madison Martin and four from Rachel Smith.
  • Radford answered with a strong second set building an 11-point lead before closing it out on a Kylie Tuxford kill. She, along with Mallory McKnight each had 13 total while Stephanie Neast had a team-high 16.
  • CSU struck back with a 25-17 win of their own thanks to a .263 performance behind Kaderli and Monssen's five kills and Naiomi Rivera's six digs. CSU forced a match-high eight Highlander errors and .073 percentage.
  • Radford forced a decisive fifth despite a sub-.100 percentage as they collected two of their nine service aces.
  • CSU closed the match with senior captain Madison Martin serving after neither team could put the final set out of reach. Radford held a three-point lead, but a CSU 10-5 swing ended with the home crowd leaving with a win.

News and Notes

  • Madison Martin sits just three digs away from second place on the program's all-time list behind Ashley Higginbothem's 1,761.
  • Rachel Smith added a career-best 25 dig performance to help headline a strong Buc defensive night. Five Bucs had 10-plus digs as Skylar Blackmon made it three-straight in double figures while Naiomi Rivera added 15 and Hannah Western had 10.
  • CSU's 10 blocks were the fifth time they've reached that feat inside Big South play. The Bucs have a 4-1 record in conference play when reaching 10-plus blocks.
  • Friday was the first time CSU crossed the 100-dig threshold as a team surpassing the 99 turned in at College of Charleston Sept. 15.

Play of the Game

What They're Saying

  • "I closed my eyes and I was talking to myself, talking to God and just kept saying 'please just let me have an aggressive serve' over and over. I was just trying to stay focused. I'm big on rituals – I do everything the same every time – so when we had that long delay my mind started to wander." – Madison Martin on her mindset entering the final point.
  • "It feels so good because there's something special going on with this team. We're working through a lot of things together. Our hearts are changing and we're just so close. We feel good about everything we're doing physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually." – Madison Martin on the team's performance Friday and the 2-1 homestand.
  • "It's always fun playing Radford because our team seems to have a different energy. Winning a five-set match and having the team play well and together is always a good thing." – Addison Kaderli on the team's thriller.
  • "I feel motivated to put the ball down for everyone that's working so hard. To be able to do that for them and to reward them with a point is very satisfying." – Addison Kaderli on her 18-kill performance.

Up Next

CSU hits the road for the next two weeks as they take on UNC Asheville Friday and USC Upstate. Both matches can be viewed on the Big South Network on ESPN+ as first serve at UNC Asheville is set for 6 p.m.

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