Volleyball Preview: Charleston Southern hosts 2014 Wingate Invitational this weekend

Volleyball Preview: Charleston Southern hosts 2014 Wingate Invitational this weekend

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern hosts their annual 2014 Wingate Invitational at Charleston Southern Tournament inside the Buc Dome this weekend, hosting Jacksonville, S.C. State, N.C. Central and USC Upstate on Friday and Saturday.

The Tournament begins on Friday afternoon as Jacksonville hosts N.C. Central at noon, while the Bucs take on Jacksonville at 2 p.m.

Live Stats for all matches on the weekend will be provided on CSUsports.com courtesy of the CSU Sports Information Department, while live video of CSU's  Friday match against Jacksonville and Saturday matches against N.C. Central and USC Upstate will be streamed free of charge on the Big South Network.

Wingate Invitational Tournament Central

Charleston Southern Match Notes

Tournament Schedule/Slate...
Friday, September 12

12:00 PM - Jacksonville  vs. N.C. Central (Live Stats)

2:00 PM - CSU  vs. Jacksonville (Live Stats / Big South Network)

4:00 PM - USC Upstate vs. N.C. Central (Live Stats)

6:00 PM - CSU vs. S.C. State (Live Stats)

Saturday, September 13

9:00 AM - USC Upstate vs. S.C. State (Live Stats)

11:00 AM - CSU vs. N.C. Central (Live Stats / Big South Network)

1:00 PM - Jacksonville vs. S.C. State (Live Stats)

3:00 PM - USC Upstate vs. CSU (Live Stats / Big South Network)

Bucs against the Tournament Field...
Charleston Southern is 18-2 overall against the Wingate Invitational Field dating back to the 2000 season.

The Buccaneers have most-recently faced off against S.C. State twice in the 2013, both on Sept. 14 and Oct. 29, with the Bucs winning both matches against the Bulldogs. The Bucs are 13-0 against S.C. State since the 2000 season. 

CSU's last matchup against USC Upstate came in Aug. 31, 2012 in the Buccaneer Invitational, with the Bucs defeating the Spartans 3-2. This is the only time the Bucs and Spartans have faced each other since the 2000 season. 

CSU and N.C. Central are 4-1 against each other dating back to the 2000 season, with last matchup coming in the 2009 season in Orangeburg, S.C., where the Bucs topped the Eagles 3-0. 

The Bucs have not taking on Jacksonville since the 2006 season where the teams met in the Buccaneer Invitational. The Dolphins won the match, 3-0, in the only meeting between CSU and JU since the 2000 season.

Scouting the Tournament Field...
Jacksonville enters the tournament weekend with a 3-4 record overall on the 2014 season after opening the year at the Georgia Tech Invitational and the Jacksonville Invitational. The Dolphins have posted wins over Gardner-Webb, Bethune-Cookman and Georgia State on the season, while falling to Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Coastal Carolina and Florida Atlantic. The Dolphins will face four Big South opponents on the season, having already taken on GWU and Coastal, while still to face CSU and UNC Asheville.

For the season, Jacksonville has been led by junior outside hitter Sammie Strausbaugh, who leads the Dolphins with 4.92 kills per set. Jizzian Gesualdo sets upt he JU attack with 9.73 assists per set, while Mayara Prestes is the defensive leader with 5.45 digs per set. Olga Nushtayeva is averaging 0.81 blocks per set.

S.C. State enters the tournament weekend with a 0-7 overall record on the season, having fallen in all four matches of the Alabama State Tournament and dropping all three matches in the South Florida Tournament. The Bulldogs and Bucs will take on each other twice in the 2014 season, with the Bucs traveling to Orangeburg, S.C. to take on S.C. State on Oct. 7.

For the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Marissa Lawrence's 2.55 kills per set, while Victoria Rushin is the team leader with 5.79 assists per set. Defensively, Tyler Ockleberry is the backline leader with 4.00 digs per set, while Kirby Anderson is the team leader with 0.59 blocks per set.

N.C. Central enters the tournament weekend with an 0-9 record on the season after falling in all four matches of the NCCU Invitational, all four matches of the Wake Forest Deacon Invitational and fell to UNC Asheville this past Tuesday in Durham, N.C. The Eagles have already taken on three members of the Big South Conference this season, being swept by Radford, Presbyterian and UNC Asheville already on the year. The Bucs will also take on N.C. Central this season in Durham, N.C. on Oct. 15. 

For the season, N.C. Central has been led by Kelsey Murphy's 2.36 kill per set, while Paige Phillips has set up the Eagles offense with 5.96 assists per set. From the defensive backline, Marilyn Sherbondy leads the way with 2.67 digs per set, while Ashley McCarthy is the team leader at the net with 0.74 blocks per set. 

USC Upstate enters the tournament with a 3-4 overall record on the season, going 2-2 at the Big Orange Bash hosted by Clemson to open the season, while going 1-2 at the Liberty Invitational this past weekend. The Spartans have defeated UNC Asheville, Austin Peay and Liberty on the year, while falling to Clemson, Troy, UNC Greensboro and Murray State. Upstate will face three more Big South teams in 2014 following this weekend, taking on Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian and Winthrop later on this month. 

For the season, Kayla Eversgerd leads the Spartans with 3.26 kills per set, while Lexi Gober is the team leader with 10.11 assists per set. Defensively Kaleigh Kelly leads three Upstate players averaging over three digs per set at 3.81, while Emily Koelling is the team leader with 0.36 blocks per set. 

Wingate Invitational Tournament ...
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. The five-team tournament field will Charleston Southern, Jacksonville, USC Upstate, N.C. Central and S.C. State. Live stats and game information is available at CSUsports.com

Buccaneer Player Watch...
Meredith Parrott, CSU, Jr., Outside Hitter
Parrott continues to impress in the 2014 season as the junior outside hitter sits atop the Big South Conference on the season in averaging 4.08 kills per set and 5.02 points per set. A 2013 All-Academic selection and 2012 Big South All-Freshman team selection, Parrott has continued to improve her standing in the CSU record books throughout her career, sitting in the top five in hitting percentage and the top 25 in both career kills and career blocks. For the season, Parrott has reached double-digits in kills in six of CSU's seven matches on the season, including a season-high 20 this past weekend in The Citadel Invitational Opener on Sept. 5 against Stetson. 

Siraya Windsor, CSU, Jr., Outside Hitter
Windsor entered the weekend second overall in the Big South Conference in both kills and points as the junior outside hitter is averaging 4.04 kills per set. Windsor is also averaging 2.56 digs per set on the season for the Bucs and leads CSU with four double-doubles on the season, including 22 kills and 10 digs on Sept. 6 against The Citadel. Windsor also is among the CSU leaders on the season in service aces, averaging 0.24 per set one season after entering the Big South all-time leaders in aces per set last year.

Last Time Out…
Charleston Southern fell in three sets tonight to crosstown rival College of Charleston in the Buccaneers' 2014 home opener inside the Buc Dome on Tuesday evening, 25-18, 25-15, 25-19. 

Meredith Parrott and Siraya Windsor had six kills apiece to pace the CSU offense on the evening, but the Bucs hit only .074 from the floor in the match in falling to the Cougars in the first of five matches in a row that CSU will play in front of their home fans. 

Cassidy Greer set up the Bucs' attack with 16 assists in the match, while Taylor Allman and Kirsten Struksnes were both in double-digits in digs to lead the defensive efforts. Allman finished the match with a team-high 13 digs, while Struksnes had 11 in her third double-digit effort on the season. Connor Malone and Kylie Klein led the Bucs at the net with three apiece in the match.

CSU Record Watch…
Kills
24     Tricia Wilson (1998-01)           566
25     Meredith Parrott                  514 

Attacks
24     Kristen Lee (1994-97)          1,588
25    Siraya Windsor                1,537 

Hitting %
5       Katie O'Riordan (2002-05) 0.268
6       Meredith Parrott             0.255 

Assists
6       Amy Nokes (2007-11)           1,997
7       Kirsten Struksnes            1,375
8      Cassidy Greer                    1,253 

Aces
23     Sydney Tracy (2011-12)             63
T-24 Siraya Windsor                      61

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

Blocks
23     Sam Sasan (2006-09)               153
24           Meredith Parrott          152

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