CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern volleyball team closes out the home portion of their 2013 schedule on Friday night as the Buccaneers welcome Coastal Carolina to the Buc Dome for Senior Day.
The evening's events will include the CSU volleyball program recognizing the four Charleston Southern seniors Kayla Klinger, Laura Grace Swindler, Maggie Murphy and Erin LaVenice and the 2013 CSU volleyball parents in a brief pregame ceremony. Following the conclusion of the match, the Buccaneers men's basketball team will take the court for their 2013 season home opener against Johnson (Tenn.).
The Buccaneers enter Friday night finishing up a three-game home stand, with CSU hosting five of their past six games inside the Buc Dome to close out the home schedule on the season. The Bucs have posted a 1-7 home record on the season and are currently 6-21 overall on the year heading into their final three matches.
CSU is coming off of a pair of losses last weekend against Presbyterian and Winthrop after ending a tough stretch with a win last Tuesday against South Carolina State.
With three five-set matches in their past four competitions, the Bucs have been on the brink of picking up their first Big South win of the season and will look to make it two wins in a row against the Chanticleers inside the Buc Dome after topping Coastal Carolina last season in a five-set thriller.
This past Friday against Presbyterian, down 2-0 heading into the third set, Charleston Southern made a furious rally to send the match into the deciding fifth frame, but the Buccaneers luck ran out at the end as CSU fell in five sets, 25-22, 25-15, 23-25, 24-26, 15-12.
Charleston Southern rallied twice to record wins in both the third and fourth sets, sending the match to the final frame in search of their first conference win of the 2013 season, but a 5-1 run at the switch in the fifth set proved to be the difference as the Buccaneers were unable to make up the difference in falling to the Blue Hose for the second time in the 2013 season.
Saturday's contest saw a tired Buccaneers squad unable to recapture Friday's magic as the Buccaneers fell in straight sets to Winthrop, 25-19, 25-16, 26-24.
The CSU volleyball team sparked the crowd in the third set, rallying from being down 21-17 in running off six consecutive points on Laura Grace Swindler's serve to take a 23-21 lead in threatening to put the match to a fourth set. However, Jackie Landers placed in her final four kills of the night to rally the Eagles back as Winthrop was able to close out the three set sweep in taking both matches of the season series against the Buccaneers.
This Friday evening marks the second time the Buccaneers have faced off against Coastal Carolina this season as CSU fell to the host Chants inside The HTC Center on October 11th, dropping the match in three sets.
Kayla Klinger led the Buccaneers with nine kills on the evening, while Katrina Houston had five of her own to pace the CSU offense, but Charleston Southern struggled from the floor in hitting .045 as a team in the 25-11, 25-10, 25-17 loss to the Chanticleers.
Houston continues to lead the CSU offense on the season with 2.61 kills per set, while Siraya Windsor and LaVenice are close behind at 2.27 and 2.26 kills per set overall on the season. Meredith Parrott is also averaging over two kills per set at 2.05 on the season. LaVenice is the team leader in hitting percentage, connecting at a .325 clip to sit fourth overall in the Big South on the year in the category.
Cassidy Greer sets up the CSU attack with 8.13 assists per set, while Kirsten Struksnes has seen increased playing time over the past few weeks in averaging 4.17 assists per set. Windsor, courtesy of 11 aces over her past three matches, leads the team with 29 aces on the season.
Defensively, Maggie Murphy leads the team with 2.85 digs per set, while Windsor is close behind at 2.52 digs per frame on the season. Freshman Taylor Allman has taken over the libero position in recent matches in averaging 3.17 digs per set over the past four matches. At the net, LaVenice is again among the Big South leaders with 1.07 blocks per set, sitting fourth overall in the conference standings in the category.
The Chanticleers enter the match with a 15-10 overall record, 8-3 in Big South play on the year with matchups on the road against Campbell and High Point next weekend to finish the 2013 regular season. Coastal Carolina has won seven of their past nine games, including sweeps over CSU and Gardner-Webb during the stretch.
For the season, Gabriella Horvath leads three Coastal players averaging over two kills per set at 2.74 kills per frame. Kindra Bailey is the team leader with a .345 hitting percentage, while Lauren Alejo is the team leader with 9.08 assists per set. From the service line, five players have over 20 service aces on the season, led by Lian Bernett's 30 on the season.
Defensively, Lindsay Gill is the team leader with 4.14 digs per game, while Alejo, Horvath and Bernett are also over two digs per game. Defensively, Bailey is the team leader at the net with 0.95 blocks per set, while Eszter Nagy is averaging 0.86.
By virtue of their win earlier this season, Coastal Carolina has the 45-34 series lead over the Bucs.