CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern volleyball returns to the road this weekend at the Bash in the Boro as the Buccaneers make the trip to Statesboro, Ga., to take as the Bucs travel to take part in the two-day tournament hosted by Georgia Southern.
CSU opens up tournament action on Friday evening at 5 p.m. against Jackson State, before taking on Central Michigan on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. The Bucs close out the weekend on the road inside the Hanner Fieldhouse against host Georgia Southern at 7 p.m.
The Buccaneers enter the tournament having won three of their past four games, topping Savannah State on September 10th in their home opener, before taking part in the Sticky Fingers Citadel Invitational. Charleston Southern closed out the week winning two of their three matches this past weekend, falling to DePaul, while topping The Citadel and South Carolina State.
With the trio of wins, the Buccaneers improve to 4-7 overall on the 2013 season heading into their final tournament of the season.
Recapping last week, Charleston Southern downed Savannah State in three sets in the Buccaneers home opener in front of a packed house inside the Buc Dome. Kayla Klinger had 10 kills and Erin LaVenice recorded nine blocks as Charleston Southern hit a season-high .493 from the floor in the Buccaneers win over the Tigers.
Friday afternoon's opening match at McAlister Field House saw the Bucs struggle against DePaul, falling in three sets despite Katrina Houston connecting on a team-high 10 kills and Maggie Murphy's 16 digs. DePaul rode the hot hand of Vesela Zapryanova as the Blue Demons topped the Bucs on Friday afternoon, 25-18, 25-16, 25-21.
Friday evening saw better results for the Bucs as Siraya Windsor recorded her first double-double of the season, pacing four CSU players who reached double-digits in kills in the match as Charleston Southern topped The Citadel in the final match on the first day of the Sticky Fingers Citadel Invitational, 24-26, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20.
Charleston Southern rode the momentum into Saturday afternoon as Houston again led the way with 10 kills as Charleston Southern swept South Carolina State in their final match at the Sticky Fingers Citadel Invitational, defeating the Bulldogs 25-15, 25-15, 25-18.
For the third time this season, Meredith Parrott was recognized on the All-Tournament Team, and the sophomore middle blocker continued her strong play in finishing up the week in averaging 2.92 kills per set, while hitting .354 from the floor.
Houston leads the Buccaneers offense on the year in averaging 3.20 kills per set on the season, hitting .209 from the floor in pacing the Bucs attack. Windsor is close on her heels in averaging 2.69 kills per set and is averaging 2.81 digs per set, fresh off her first double-double of the season. Parrott and LaVenice are also averaging over 2.00 kills per set with Parrott connecting on 2.46, while LaVenice is at 2.00.
Cassidy Greer sets up the CSU offense on the season in averaging 8.20 assists per set, including a career-high 52 assists in the Bucs' 3-1 win over The Citadel. The Buccaneers have also been paced by 54 service aces on the season, averaging 1.54 aces per set.
Defensively, Maggie Murphy leads the way with 3.20 digs per set, while Windsor is averaging 2.81 digs and Kayla Klinger is averaging 2.30 digs per set. At the net, Erin LaVenice continues to lead the Bucs during the season in averaging 1.17 blocks per set, while Parrott is right behind at 0.77 per set.
Jackson State Team Preview (1-11)
The Tigers enter the weekend on a five match skid, falling to 1-11 overall on the season. Jackson State's lone win came back on September 7th when JSU topped Louisiana-Monroe in five sets in the finale of the Central Arkansas Sugar Bear Classic.
Paige Williams leads the offense in averaging 2.10 kills per set, while Jenna Siddiqui sets up the offense with 6.18 assists per set. Defensively Karmen Jackson is the leader of the backline with 2.50 digs per set, while Mikayla Rolle leads the way at the net in averaging 0.92 blocks per set.
Central Michigan Team Preview (4-5)
The Chippewas enter the weekend having won two of their past three, including wins over USC Upstate and Princeton this past weekend at the Hofstra Tournament, while falling to host Hofstra in four sets in the tournament finale. Central Michigan has also added wins over Villanova and Robert Morris on the year.
Kaitlyn McIntyre leads the way for CMU on the season in averaging 3.97 kills per set, while Kelly Maxwell is averaging 11.50 set assists per set. Defensively, Jenna Coates leads the way with 5.73 digs per set, while at the net Angie White is the team leader with 0.77 blocks per set.
Georgia Southern Team Preview (9-2)
The Eagles enter the weekend after sweeping all three matches at the Georgia Southern Tournament this past weekend, including victories over High Point, North Dakota State and Oral Roberts. The trio of wins marks the third tournament Georgia Southern has swept their opposition off in the season after winning all three matches of the Jaguar Invitational and the Magnolia Invitational.
Jamie DeRatt leads the Eagles on the season in averaging 3.39 kills per set, while Katalin Minnerly leads the way with 10.84 set assists per set on the year. Defensively, Alexandra Beecher paces the backline in averaging 4.49 digs per set, while Crysten Curry is averaging 1.45 blocks per set on the season.