Volleyball Preview: Bucs take on Stetson, N.C. A&T and The Citadel this weekend at The Citadel Invitational

Volleyball Preview: Bucs take on Stetson, N.C. A&T and The Citadel this weekend at The Citadel Invitational

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern Volleyball makes the short trip down the road this weekend as the Buccaneers take on Stetson, North Carolina A&T and The Citadel at the annual The Citadel Invitational.

The Bucs open the weekend on Friday afternoon against Stetson inside McAlister Field House with first serve set for 4 p.m. CSU will close out the weekend on Saturday against North Carolina A&T (4 p.m.) and The Citadel (6 p.m.).

Live Stats for all three matches will be provided on CitadelSports.com, while the Bucs match against The Citadel on Saturday evening will be streamed live on the SoCon Digital Network.

Series History...
Charleston Southern is 3-0 against Stetson since the 2000 season.
2005   9/9       vs. Stetson                                                     W, 3-2
2007   8/31    vs. Stetson                                                     W, 3-2
2012    9/15     vs. Stetson                                                     W, 3-0 

CSU is 12-5 against The Citadel since the 2000 season.
2000   10/17  vs. The Citadel                                             W, 3-0
2001    11/13   at The Citadel                                               W, 3-0
2002   9/7       at The Citadel                                                 L, 1-3
2003   8/30    at The Citadel                                               W, 3-0
2004   10/5    vs. The Citadel                                              W, 3-1
2004   11/9     at The Citadel                                                 L, 1-3
2005   10/4    at The Citadel                                               W, 3-1
2006   8/29    vs. The Citadel                                             W, 3-0
2007   8/28    at The Citadel                                                 L, 2-3
2008   9/10    vs. The Citadel                                              W, 3-1
2009   9/8      at The Citadel                                               W, 3-0
2009   9/19     vs. The Citadel (neutral)                           W, 3-1
2010    8/31    vs. The Citadel                                             W, 3-2
2011    9/13     at The Citadel                                               W, 3-1
2012    9/15     vs. The Citadel                                               L, 0-3
2013    10/9    at The Citadel                                                 L, 2-3
2013    9/13     at The Citadel                                               W, 3-1 

This is the first time CSU will face off against N.C. A&T dating back to the 2000 season.

Scouting the Tournament Field...
Tournament host The Citadel has seen the most action of the field against Charleston Southern in recent years as the two local rivals have met 17 times over the past 14 seasons, with the Bucs posting a 12-5 record against the Bulldogs. The Citadel was selected ninth overall in the SoCon preseason poll, but the Bulldogs feature one of their deeper teams in recent history with four players ranking among the top 15 players in multiple categories in The Citadel's record books. The Bulldogs enter the weekend with a 1-2 overall record on the season with a win over Providence at the Kristen Dickmann Invitational and have been led on the year by Moriah Smith's 2.63 kills per set, while Rachel Keefer is averaging 7.6 assists per set in leading the offense.

Stetson, the Buccaneers opponent in Friday's opener at The Citadel Invitational, was picked to finish sixth overall in the Atlantic Sun Conference Preseason Coaches Poll. Sophomore outside hitter Tiffany Creamer was voted to the preseason All-Conference team after a season in averaging 2.89 kills and 1.31 digs per game, setting a Stetson school record with 358 kills as a freshman. Another standout freshman lurks for the Hatters this season as outside hitter McKenna Foster was named the A-Sun Freshman of the Week after leading Stetson to a 2-1 mark at the FAU Invitational with wins over McNeese State and Bethune-Cookman. The Ocala, Fla., native averaged 2.92 kills per set and added 22 digs, seven blocks and three aces and will look to improve her marks heading into this week's tournament.

Head Coach Hal Clifton has North Carolina A&T moving toward new heights this season after getting picked second in the MEAC Southern Division in the annual preseason poll. The Aggies return six juniors who have seen extensive playing time since they walked onto campus as true freshmen, and look to continue to build on a strong campaign last season. So far this year, N.C. A&T has posted an 0-4 record after falling in all four matches at the Holiday Inn Classic hosted by Indiana State. The Aggies are led on the season by Aleena McDaniel's 2.27 kills per set, while Liz Martino is averaging 6.67 assists per frame.

CSU Player Watch...
Meredith Parrott, Jr., Middle Blocker
Parrott enters the weekend as the leader in the Big South Conference in kills after the first week of play for the Bucs. The junior middle blocker/outside hitter from Mobile, Ala., leads the Big South after a strong first weekend that saw her average 4.27 kills per set and hit .310 from the floor to pace the Bucs offense.

Siraya Windsor, Jr., Outside Hitter
Windsor looks to build off of a standout first weekend that has the junior outside hitter sitting fourth overall in the Big South standings in kills per set at 3.45. Windsor picked up her first double-double of the season in the JMU Classic finale against Norfolk State, finishing the match with 14 kills and 11 digs.

Taylor Allman, So., Libero
Allman will take over as the Bucs primary libero for the next few weeks and the sophomore outside hitter has proven up to the task in the past after serving as CSU's top defender throughout a majority of the 2013 season. Allman led the Bucs on the weekend at the JMU Classic, averaging 4.45 digs per set from the floor as the Little River, S.C. native had a career-high 18 digs in the loss against James Madison

Wingate Invitational...
After a one year hiatus, the Buccaneers will return to hosting the 2014 Wingate Invitational at Charleston Southern from September 12-13 inside the Buc Dome. Live stats and game information is available at CSUsports.com

Dates/Times for the Tournament
Sept. 12            Jacksonville vs. N.C. Central           noon
                          CSU vs. Jacksonville                           2 p.m.
                           USC Upstate vs. N.C. Central           4 p.m.
                           CSU vs. S.C. State                                 6 p.m.
Sept. 13            USC Upstate vs. S.C. State                9 a.m.
                           CSU vs. N.C. Central                            11 a.m.
                          Jacksonville vs. S.C. State                 1 p.m.
                         USC Upstate vs. CSU       3 p.m.

The Bucs have three players from the state of South Carolina on the 2014 roster with Siraya Windsor (Lexington), Liza Walker (Fort Mill) and Taylor Allman (Little River), all representing the Palmetto State.

Getting to Know You...
The Buccaneers welcomed six new players to the Charleston Southern roster this season.
Middle Blocker: Connor MaloneKylie Klein
Outside Hitter: Amanda Metz, Liza Walker
Setter: Brooke Green
Libero: Taylor Marin

Recapping Last Weekend…

•             Meredith Parrott earned JMU All-Tournament team honors after leading the Bucs with 4.27 kills per set and a .310 hitting percentage on the weekend in CSU's three matches

•             Taylor Allman finished up the weekend leading the Buccaneers defensive efforts, averaging 4.45 digs per set. Allman posted 18 against James Madison, and added 17 in the Bucs win over Norfolk State

•             Cassidy Greer had two double-doubles on the weekend with 33 assists and 10 digs against Villanova, and 34 assists and 13 digs against James Madison

•             Siraya Windsor had her first double-double of the season with 14 kills and 11 digs in the Bucs 3-1 win over Norfolk State

Northern Border...
Charleston Southern senior setter Kirsten Struksnes is the lone international player on the CSU roster in the 2014 season, coming to the Bucs from Calgary, Alberta. During her time with the Bucs, Struksnes is sitting seventh all-time among the career leaders with 1,363 career set assists. Highlights from her playing career include four 50-plus set assist matches, including two back-to-back on Oct. 9, 2012 at The Citadel (55 assists) and Oct. 12 vs. Liberty (56 assists).

Tournament Run last season...
Last season the Buccaneers went 4-8 overall over the four tournament weekends they played before getting into conference play. The Bucs went 0-3 in the Davidson Tournament, 1-2 in the Jacksonville Tournament, 2-1 at the Citadel Invitational and 1-2 at the Georgia Southern Tournament. CSU posted wins over Mississippi Valley State, The Citadel, S.C. State and Jackson State.

Welcome to the Coaching Staff...
CSU welcomed new assistant coach Lauren Comfort to the CSU staff this past January, coming to the Bucs by way of Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville, Tenn. During her time with the Trojans', she assisted in all areas of the program. Her playing days saw Comfort standout at Olivet Nazarene Unversity where she led the team to a 124-49 overall record and 41-2 in conference play, where she finished with 1,516 career digs and 169 aces.

CSU Record Watch…
25   Erin LaVenice (2010-13)          514
       Meredith Parrott                   459

25   Jennifer Begich (1995-98)    1,447
         Siraya Windsor                 1,368

Hitting %
5      Katie O'Riordan (2002-05) 0.268
6     Meredith Parrott               0.252
6      Amy Nokes (2007-11)            1,997
7      Kirsten Struksnes             1,363
8     Cassidy Greer                       1,115
25   Danyel Lonigro (1993-96)          59
         Siraya Windsor                       58

12    Jillian Worby (2003-06)          884
13   Ashley Higginbothem       880 


24   Renae Popovich (2004-07)     150
25  Meredith Parrott                   149

Inside the Numbers…
109 - The number of career wins Head Coach Christy Mooberry has in her six year coaching career 

2 - Head Coach Christy Mooberry is in her second season with the Bucs

14 - The number of home games at the Buc Dome for the Buccaneers this season 

1 - The number of seniors on the roster for the Bucs this year

6 - The number of newcomers on the roster for the Bucs this season 

1979 - The first season of NCAA volleyball at Charleston Southern 

3 - Number of double-doubles the Bucs have recorded so far this season (Cassidy Greer 2, Siraya Windsor 1) 

47 - Number of Kills Meredith Parrott had to open up the 2014 season at the JMU Classic

Big South Leaderboard…
Hitting %
     7th         Meredith Parrott         0.310 

     1st          Meredith Parrott           4.27
     4th         Siraya Windsor               3.45 

     6th         Cassidy Greer                 8.64 

     9th         Meredith Parrott           0.36 

     5th         Taylor Allman                 4.45

     1st          Meredith Parrott           5.23
    6th         Siraya Windsor              3.82 

    Hitting %.................... 0.170, 8th
    Kills............................ 11.18, 7th
    Assists......................... 10.73,6th
    Blocks........................... 1.91, 6th
    Aces.............................. 1.36, 5th
    Digs……………………….….15.36, 3rd


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