Volleyball Preview: Buccaneers travel to Campbell and High Point in their first Big South road trip

Volleyball Preview: Buccaneers travel to Campbell and High Point in their first Big South road trip

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern travels to both Campbell and High Point this weekend as the Buccaneers make their first Big South Conference road trip of the 2014 season on Friday and Saturday.

First serve between the Bucs and the Camels on Friday evening inside Gore Arena is set for 7 p.m. Live Stats and Video will be provided for the match on GoCamels.com, as well as the Big South Network.

First serve between CSU and High Point on Saturday afternoon inside the Willis Center is set for 2 p.m. Live Stats and Video will be provided for the match on HighPointPanthers.com, as well as the Big South Network.

Charleston Southern Weekend Notes

Twitter updates throughout the weekend will also be provided by the CSU Sports Information Department @CSUsports

Bucs against Campbell...
Charleston Southern is 5-5 overall going back to the 2000 season against Campbell. The Bucs fell in both matchups against the Camels last season. 

Campbell (5-5)
       10/26/05                H                     W, 3-1
       9/19/06                   A                       L, 2-3
       9/1/07                     H                     W, 3-1
       8/29/09                  N                       L, 2-3
       10/1/11                    H                     W, 3-1
       11/11/11                   A                       L, 0-3
       9/28/12                   A                     W, 3-0
       11/10/12                  H                    W, 3-0
       10/4/13                   H                      L, 0-3
       11/16/13                  A                       L, 0-3 

Last Time The Bucs Met the Camels...
Erin LaVenice had a match-high 13 kills for Charleston Southern on Saturday in her final match wearing the CSU Blue and Gold, but the senior middle hitter's performance was not enough to lift the Buccaneers over host Campbell in the 25-23, 25-21, 25-21 loss.

LaVenice, who entered the match leading the Big South Conference with a .371 hitting percentage in conference games, connected on .688 of her attacks from the floor to lead the Bucs offense to close out her career at CSU. 

Bucs against High Point...
Charleston Southern is 7-21 overall going back to the 2000 season against High Point. The Bucs have fallen in their last 17 matches to the Panthers, with CSU's last win coming on November 5, 2005 on the road, with CSU winning 3-0.

High Point (7-21)
       10/7/00                  A                       L, 1-3
       10/21/00                H                      L, 0-3
       9/29/01                   A                      W, 3-1
       10/26/01                 H                    W, 3-0
       10/18/02                H                     W, 3-2
       11/15/02                 A                       L, 1-3
       9/27/03                   H                     W, 3-1
       11/14/03                 A                      W, 3-1
       9/25/04                   A                       L, 0-3
       10/22/04                H                    W, 3-0
       10/15/05                 H                      L, 2-3
       11/5/05                   A                     W, 3-0
       9/29/06                   H                      L, 2-3
       10/27/06                A                       L, 0-3
       10/13/07                 H                       L, 1-3
       11/4/07                   A                       L, 1-3
       10/4/08                  A                       L, 0-3
       10/31/08                H                      L, 0-3
       10/17/09                 A                       L, 0-3
       11/13/09                 H                       L, 1-3
       9/25/10                   H                       L, 1-3
       10/22/10                 A                       L, 0-3
       11/19/10*                N                       L, 1-3
       9/30/11                   H                      L, 0-3
       11/12/11                  A                       L, 1-3
       9/29/12                   A                       L, 0-3
       11/9/12                    H                       L, 1-3
      10/5/13                   H                       L, 1-3
       11/15/13                  A                       L, 2-3 

Last Time The Bucs Met the Panthers...
Charleston Southern battled back-and-forth with High Point inside the Willis Center on Friday night, rallying to win a thrilling fourth-set 32-30 over the host Panthers, but the Buccaneers were unable to ride the momentum and emotion in falling in a five-set heartbreaker to HPU, 25-21, 18-25, 25-15, 30-32, 15-10.

Katrina Houston recorded her third double-double of the season in the match, leading the Buccaneers with 15 kills and added 14 digs on the defensive end to pace CSU in the match as Charleston Southern held leads in four of the five sets, but were unable to hold off the advancing Panthers in the loss. 

Scouting the Camels...
Campbell has posted a 9-7 overall record on the season with a 1-0 record in Big South play after defeating High Point on Friday evening inside Gore Arena, 3-1. The Camels are currently on a four match winning streak and have won six of their past seven matches.

The Camels have been led on the season by Alexis Hein's 2.68 kills per set, while Lorin Thomas leads the way with a .247 hitting percentage. Summer Schuitema sets up the CU attack with 7.93 assists per set, while Mary Crema is the defensive leader with 4.74 digs per set. Thomas is also the team leader with 1.00 blocks per set. 

Scouting the Panthers...
High Point has posted a 6-8 overall record on the season with an 0-1 record in Big South play after falling to Campbell. The Panthers have dropped their past two matches after winning four in a row.

Kristin Heldt and Chelsea Davis are both averaging over three kills per set, with Heldt averaging 3.09 and Davis 3.06.  Camryn Freiberg is the team leader with a .291 hitting percentage. Gabi Mirand sets up the HPU attack with 10.31 assists per set, while Wavie Chin is the team leader with 4.52 digs per set. At the net, Freiberg leads the Panthers with 0.98 blocks per set. 

Player Watch...
Meredith Parrott, CSU, Jr., Outside Hitter
Parrrott continues to sit among both the CSU and Big South leaders on the season in multiple categories, as the junior outside hitter sits 3rd overall in kills, 3rd overall in points and 5th in hitting percentage on the season in the conference rankings. For the year, Parrott is averaging 3.54 kills per set while hitting .293 from the floor. She is averaging 4.00 points per game overall and is coming off of a strong weekend performance that saw her connect on 17 kills and added three blocks against Winthrop. Among her season highlights includes a 20 kill performance against Stetson, as well as 18 against James Madison. 

Taylor Allman, CSU, So., Libero
Allman leads the Bucs on the season from the backline as the sophomore libero enters the weekend fourth in the Big South in averaging 4.65 digs per set. Allman is coming off of a weekend that saw her set a CSU record with 36 digs in the loss to Presbyterian, while averaging 5.91 digs per set on the week. The sophomore libero's 36 digs currently is the most in a match in the Big South this season. Other highlights from this season include 22 digs against USC Upstate, 20 against N.C. Central and 19 against Cincinnati.

Homegrown...
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

Last Time Out…
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Meredith Parrott and Katrina Houston recorded 11 kills apiece and Taylor Allman had 18 digs as Charleston Southern swept host Savannah State on Tuesday night in Willcox-Wiley Gymnasium, 25-18, 25-12, 25-13.

The Buccaneers hit .341 as a team in the match paced by Parrott and Houston as CSU swept Savannah State for the second time in eight days after previously downing the Tigers inside the Buc Dome last Tuesday. 

Kylie Klein added six kills, while Connor Malone had five for the Bucs offensive attack with Cassidy Greer setting up CSU with 24 assists. Siraya Windsor added two aces and seven digs, while Taylor Marin narrowly missed out on double-digits with nine digs in the backline.

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). 

Record Setting Performance...
Allman broke a CSU record for digs in a single match as the sophomore libero recorded 36 digs over the four sets to break the previous record held by Jennifer Monson set on November 3, 2000 against UNC Asheville with 32 digs. Allman recorded 11 in the first set, six in the second, eight in the third and 11 in the fourth to pace CSU in the game and record the highest dig effort in the Big South in a single match to date in the 2014 season. Allman is currently fourth in the Big South in averaging 4.58 digs and continues to provide steady leadership for the Bucs with 16 matches where she has reached double-digits. 

2014 CSU All-Tournament 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 

UC Invitational - Siraya Windsor
4.10 k/s * 0.143 * 3.00 d/s * 0.20 aces/s * 0.10 b/s

CSU Record Watch…
Kills
19     Jillian Worby (2003-06)             636
20    Meredith Parrott                     635
24    Siraya Windsor                        567 

Attacks
15      Hollie Bates (1999-02)            2,000
16     Siraya Windsor                    1,958
24    Meredith Parrott                 1,603 

Hitting %
5       Katie O'Riordan (2002-05)     0.268
6       Meredith Parrott                0.262 

Assists
6       Amy Nokes (2007-11)               1,997
7       Cassidy Greer                        1,592
8       Kirsten Struksnes                1,376 

Aces
20     Lindsay Singer (1998-99)              74
T21  Siraya Windsor                          72 

Digs
11      Rachel Deangelo (2000-03)       955
12     Ashley Higginbothem           954
25    Siraya Windsor                        552 

Blocks
21     Kim Duncan (1991-94                   178
22          Meredith Parrott            169

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