Volleyball Preview: Buccaneers take on Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Tennessee State at UC Invitational this weekend

Volleyball Preview: Buccaneers take on Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Tennessee State at UC Invitational this weekend

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern makes the trip to Cincinnati, Ohio, for their final tune-up this weekend before the Big South Conference season as the Bucs take on Central Michigan, Cincinnati and Tennessee State at Fifth Third Arena.

The tournament begins on Friday with the Bucs taking on Central Michigan at 11:30 a.m. and Cincinnati at 7 p.m. CSU closes out the tournament on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Tennessee State.

Live Stats for all matches on the weekend will be provided on GoBearcats.com, courtesy of the Cincinnati Athletic Communications Department.

Charleston Southern Match Notes

Bucs against the Tournament Field...
Charleston Southern has not played anyone in the tournament field dating back to the 2000 season. 

Scouting the Tournament Field...
Tournament host Cincinnati enters the tournament weekend with a 6-3 record overall on the season following their first three tournament weekends. The Bearcats went 2-1 overall in the Queen City Classic, defeating Duquesne and UC Irvine, while falling to Xavier. The following weekend, Cincinnati defeated Tennessee State, while falling to Appalachian State and Louisville. UC swept the opposition this past weekend, defeating Rutgers, Rhode Island and NJIT. 

For the season, Cincinnati is led by Emma Roberson's 3.41 kills per set, while Me'Ashah Nicholson leads the way with a .315 hitting percentage. Caitlin Ogletree leads the Bearcats in averaging 9.88 assists per set. Defensively, Jamie Netisingha is the backline leader with 4.81 digs per set, while Nicholson is the team leader at the net in averaging 1.16 blocks per set. 

Central Michigan, CSU's tournament opening opponent, enters the weekend with a 2-7 overall record on the season following their first three tournament weekends. The Chippewas struggled in both the Omaha Classic and the Chippewa Invitational, falling to Nebraska-Omaha, UMKC, Drake, Marshall, Green Bay and Butler. However, CMU has bounced back in their past week, taking two of their three matches in the Evansville Invitational in topping Evansville and DePaul, while falling to IUPUI. 

For the season, Central Michigan is led by the duo of Kaitlyn McIntyre and Jordan Bueter as both are averaging 2.83 kills per set. Angelique White is the team leader with a .316 hitting percentage, while Kylie Copple sets up the Chippewas' offense with 8.82 assists per set. Defensively, Kristen Reenders averages 4.86 digs per set, while White is the team leader at the net with 1.19 blocks per set. 

Tennessee State enters the tournament with a 3-7 overall record on the year after competing in the Arkansas Invitational, the Active Ankle Challenge and the Clemson Classic. The Tigers have fallen to Arkansas, Michigan, Stephen F. Austin, Louisville, Appalachian State, Cincinnati and Clemson. TSU has defeated Alabama A&M, Wofford and William & Mary.

The Tigers have been led on the seaon by Naomi Wells' 3.05 kills per set, while Haley Hampton is the team leader with a .236 hitting percentage. Samantha Beltran sets up the TSU attack with 8.65 assists per set. Defensively, the Tigers have been led on the backline by Ileanushka Maldaonado with 3.16 digs per set, while Neisha Crockett is the team leader at the net with 0.71 blocks per set.

Player Watch...
Siraya Windsor, CSU, Jr., Outside Hitter
Windsor continues to impress in the 2014 season as the junior outside hitter sits atop the Big South Conference on the season in averaging 3.92 kills per set and is second with 4.23 points per set. The Lexington, S.C. native has posted six double-doubles on the season including in the final two matches with 19 kills and 13 digs against N.C. Central, and 17 kills and 17 digs against USC Upstate. For the season, Windsor is hitting .163 on the season and averaging 2.79 digs per set for the Bucs. 

Taylor Allman, CSU, So., Libero
Allman has taken over the backline for the Bucs in the 2014 season and leads the way for CSU with 4.41 digs per set on the year to sit fifth among the Big South in the category. The Little River, S.C. native has reached double-digits in the digs category in 10 of the 11 matches CSU has played on the season, including a season-high 22 this past weekend against USC Upstate. Previously, she broke the 20+ digs barrier with 20 digs against N.C. Central. 

Wingate Invitational...
After a one year hiatus, the Buccaneers hosted the 2014 Wingate Invitational at Charleston Southern from September 12-13 inside the Buc Dome. The five-team tournament field included Charleston Southern, Jacksonville, USC Upstate, N.C. Central and S.C. State.

2014 All-Tournamen Selections...
JMU Classic
Meredith Parrott
4.27 k/s * 0.310 * 1.36 d/s * 0.82 b/s 

The Citadel Invitational
Siraya Windsor
5.18 k/s * 0.304 * 3.36 d/s * 0.27 aces/s * 0.36 a/s

Wingate Invitational at CSU
Siraya Windsor
3.71 k/s * 0.160 * 3.21 d/s * 0.21 aces/s * 0.21 a/s

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.

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 1,374 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. 

All Day, Allman...
Taylor Allman has taken over the backrow for the Bucs in the past two seasons and stepped up again this past weekend as the versatile outside hitter/libero led the way for the Bucs in averaging 4.86 digs per set on the weekend. Allman is currently fifth in the Big South in averaging 4.41 digs and continues to provide steady leadership for the Bucs with 11 matches where she has reached double-digits, including a season-high 22 against USC Upstate.

CSU Record Watch…
24     Tricia Wilson (1998-01)           566
25     Meredith Parrott                 558 

20    Tricia Wilson (1998-01)       1,770
21     Siraya Windsor                1,699 

Hitting %
5       Katie O'Riordan (2002-05) 0.268
6       Meredith Parrott              0.261 

6       Amy Nokes (2007-11)           1,997
7       Cassidy Greer                     1,377
8      Kirsten Struksnes            1,376 

22     Tricia Wilson (1998-01)             70
23    Siraya Windsor                      64 

11     Rachel Deangelo (2000-03)  955
12     Ashley Higginbothem       905

22     Amanda Hill (2007-10)           163
23   Meredith Parrott                157

Inside the Numbers…
113 - 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

10 - Number of double-doubles the Bucs have recorded so far this season (Cassidy Greer 3, Siraya Windsor 6, Katrina Houston 1)

52 - Number of Kills Siraya Windsor had in earning All-Tournament honors this past weekend at the Wingate Invitational at CSU

Big South Leaderboard…
Hitting %
     2nd        Meredith Parrott        0.307

     1st          Siraya Windsor               3.92
    4th         Meredith Parrott           3.74
     7th         Cassidy Greer                  9.15

     5th         Taylor Allman                 4.41 

     2nd        Siraya Windsor               4.23
    3rd         Meredith Parrott            4.19

    Hitting %.................... 0.223, 3rd
    Opp. Hitting %............ 0.194, 4th
    Assists......................... 11.62, 4th
    Kills............................ 12.31, 5th
    Blocks......................... 1.33, 10th
    Aces............................. 1.03, 9th
    Digs........................... 15.90, 2nd


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