Volleyball Preview: Charleston Southern travels to N.C. Central in midweek non-conference action

Volleyball Preview: Charleston Southern travels to N.C. Central in midweek non-conference action

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern takes to the road on Wednesday in non-conference action as the Bucs travel to N.C. Central and McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium. First serve between the Bucs and the Eagles is set for 5 p.m.

Live Stats, Video and Audio will be available for the match, while in-game updates will be provided on Twitter: @CSUsports

Charleston Southern Match Notes

Bucs against N.C. Central...
Charleston Southern is 4-1 overall going back to the 2000 season against N.C. Centra. The Bucs last victory over the Eagles came earlier this season in 2014 inside the Buc Dome as CSU topped N.C. Central, 3-0.

N.C. Central (4-1)
      9/13/14                    H                     W, 3-1
      8/27/10                   A                     W, 3-0
      9/18/09                   N                     W, 3-0
      9/20/08                  N                     W, 3-2
      8/31/07                   H                      L, 0-3 

The Buccaneers lone loss to N.C. Central came at home to the Eagles on Aug. 31, 2007 when CSU was swept inside the Buc Dome despite nine kills by Renae Popovich and 12 digs from Tricia Rodl.

Last Time The Bucs Met the Eagles...
Charleston So. 3, N.C. Central 0 * September 13, 2014
Siraya Windsor powered the Bucs' attack with 19 kills and added 13 digs defensively to lead CSU past N.C. Central in the opening match on Saturday morning. 

Meredith Parrott added 17 kills, hitting .577 from the floor individually in the win, while Katrina Houston had 11 kills and 11 digs for her first double-double of the season. Cassidy Greer set up the CSU offense with 43 assists, while Taylor Allman had 20 digs to pace the CSU defense.

Scouting the Eagles...
N.C. Central enters the match with a 1-21 overall record on the season and is coming off of a weekend where they picked up their first win of the season in a 3-0 victory on the road at Savannah State. The Eagles have won nine sets all season. 

N.C. Central is 0-4 against the Big South this season, falling to Radford, Presbyterian, Asheville and Charleston Southern. Against common opponents, N.C. Central is 1-6 overall on the season.

Kelsey Murphy is the team leader with 2.39 kills per set, while Denni Johnson (1.94), Da'sha Brown (1.89) and Ashley McCarthy (1.73) are also among the hitting leaders on the season. McCarthy doubles up as the N.C. Central percentage leader hitting .174, while Kelly Rossip is second on the team with a .142 hitting percentage on the year. Paige Phillips sets up the N.C. Central attack with 5.87 assists per set, while Alice Genna is averaging 3.56.

Defensively, Marilyn Sherbondy is the team leader with 3.20 digs per set, while Melissa Rabell Pineiro is averaging 2.64 digs per set on the season. At the net, McCarthy is team leader with 0.69 blocks per set, while Rossip is the team leader with 0.57 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, 4th overall in points and 6th in hitting percentage on the season in the conference rankings. For the year, Parrott is averaging 3.46 kills per set while hitting .293 from the floor. She is averaging 3.92 points per game overall and is coming off of a strong weekend performance that saw her connect on 14 kills against Campbell. 

Kylie Klein, CSU, Fr., Middle Blocker
Klein has quietly put together a solid freshman season with the Bucs at the midway point of the year, sitting fourth overall on the team in kills with 1.72, third in hitting percentage at .245, while leading the team in blocks at 0.60 on the year. Klein, a Highlands Ranch, Colo. native, has improved her standing at the net in Big South Conference matches, sitting tied for eighth overall in the conference with 0.90 blocks per set. For the season, Klein has reached double-digit kills in three matches with a season-high 12 coming at home Against USC Upstate. She has also posted career-highs of blocks with seven against Campbell and hitting percentage with .556 against S.C. State to sit among the Big South freshman leaders in all three categories. 

Swing Away...
Connor Malone enters the week as the Big South Conference leader in hitting percentage in conference matches, connecting at a .444 rate in Big South play on the season. Malone, a redshirt sophomore from Scottsdale, Ariz., had nine kills against both Presbyterian and Campbell, while hitting a team-high .600 on September 27th against Winthrop. She is averaging 1.62 kills per set on the season in Big South play and 0.44 blocks per set. 

Chasing 1,000...
Ashley Higginbothem is sitting with 993 career digs and is closing in on being the eighth player in CSU history to join the 1,000 dig club. Higginbothem, who started the season with 850 digs, passed Allison Arreola (1995-98) this past week and is averaging 2.38 digs per set on the season. She will look to pass Kathy Dantzler (1,000, 1991-94) this week.

Rk          Name                                                                         Digs
1.             Carrie O'Connell (1991-94)                                 1,833
7.            Kathy Dantzler (1991-94)                                   1,000
8.            Ashley Higginbothem (2011-pres.)           993
9.            Allison Arreola (1995-98)              983

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 Malone,  Kylie Klein
Outside Hitter: Amanda Metz, Liza Walker
Setter: Brooke Green
Libero: Taylor Marin

Last Time Out…
Charleston Southern dropped a Big South decision on Friday night inside the Buc Dome, falling to visiting Coastal Carolina in four sets, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-14. 

Meredith Parrott led the Bucs with 14 kills and a .344 hitting percentage, while Siraya Windsor had a season-high 20 digs in the loss for CSU. Coastal Carolina was led by Leah Hardeman's double-double with 22 kills and 27 digs in the win.

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. 

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…
16     Hollie Bates (1999-02)                689
17     Meredith Parrott                    682
24    Siraya Windsor                       600 

14     Katie O'Riordan (2002-05)      2,107
15     Siraya Windsor                    2,106
22    Meredith Parrott                  1,710 

Hitting %
5       Katie O'Riordan (2002-05)     0.268
6       Meredith Parrott                0.264 

6       Amy Nokes (2007-11)               1,997
7       Cassidy Greer                        1,708
8       Kirsten Struksnes                1,385 

18     Renae Popovich (2004-07)           78
T19  Siraya Windsor                          76 

7       Kathy Dantzler (1991-94)         1,000
8       Ashley Higginbothem           993
24    Siraya Windsor                        597

20     Jenny Shaw (1999-02)                 186
21           Meredith Parrott            179

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