Volleyball Preview: Bucs travel to UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb this weekend in Big South play

Volleyball Preview: Bucs travel to UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb this weekend in Big South play

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern returns to the road this weekend as the Bucs travel to UNC Asheville and Gardner-Webb in Big South Conference play. 

The Bucs travel to UNC Asheville on Friday night with the match to be streamed live on the Big South Network, with live stats on UNCABulldogs.com. First serve between the Bucs and the Bulldogs inside the Justice Center is set for 7 p.m.

Saturday pits the Bucs against Gardner-Webb on the road at Paul Porter Arena. Live Stats will be provided for the match on GWUsports.com, with first serve set for 2 p.m. 

In-game updates will be provided on Twitter: @CSUsports

Charleston Southern Match Notes

Last 5 against UNC Asheville...
Charleston Southern is 1-4 overall in their last five matches against UNC Asheville. The Bucs last victory over the Bulldogs came in the 2010 season in Rock Hill, S.C. as the Bucs eliminated Asheville from the 2010 Big South Championships, 3-0. 

UNC Asheville (1-4)
       10/25/13                 H                      L, 2-3
       10/19/12                 A                       L, 1-3
       10/22/11                 H                      L, 0-3
       11/18/10                 N                     W, 3-0
       11/6/10                    A                       L, 1-3 

Last Time The Bucs Met the Bulldogs...
UNC Asheville 3, Charleston So. 2 * October 25, 2013
In a match that went back and forth, with both teams seeing both highs and lows on the court, Charleston Southern was outlasted by UNC Asheville on Friday evening inside the Buc Dome as the Buccaneers fell at the hands of the Bulldogs, 25-22, 14-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-9. 

The Buccaneers had four players in double-digits in the kill category against Asheville, led by a 15 kill performance by senior outside hitter Kayla Klinger. Katrina Houston added a double-double with 13 kills and a team-high 21 digs, while Cassidy Greer also recorded a double-double with 45 set assists and 10 digs in the match. Meredith Parrott racked up 11 kills and five blocks in the match, while Siraya Windsor rounded out the group with 10 kills and eight digs on the evening. 

Last 5 against Gardner-Webb...
Charleston Southern is 3-2 over their past five matches against Gardner-Webb. The Bucs topped the Runnin' Bulldogs in their last two matches on the road, sweeping GWU in both 2012 and 2010. 

Gardner-Webb (3-2)
       10/24/13                 H                       L, 1-3
       10/20/12                 A                     W, 3-0
       10/21/11                  H                       L, 1-3
       11/12/10                  H                     W, 3-1
       10/16/10                 A                     W, 3-0 

Last Time The Bucs Met the Runnin' Bulldogs...
Gardner-Webb 3, Charleston So. 1 * October 24, 2013
Charleston Southern was unable to build off of their momentum after taking the first set on Thursday evening against Gardner-Webb as the Buccaneers fell in Big South Conference play to the Runnin' Bulldogs inside the Buc Dome, 17-25, 25-15, 25-19, 25-22. 

Erin LaVenice led four CSU players in double-digits in kills, while Siraya Windsor and Katrina Houston both recorded double-doubles for the Buccaneers in the loss. Charleston Southern hit .297 from the floor in the match paced by LaVenice's .464 hitting percentage, but the Buccaneers were unable to overcome a 23-kill performance by Gardner-Webb's Erin Anderson in falling in conference action. 

Scouting UNC Asheville...
Shelby Erickson leads Asheville with 2.48 kills per set on the season, while Christine Lakatos is averaging 2.42 kills per set. Katie Davis sets up the Bulldogs offense with 5.74 assists per set, while Lakatos leads Asheville with 0.36 service aces per set. 

Defensively, the Bulldogs have been led by Bryn Pfieffer's 2.97 digs per set, while Lakatos is close behind averaging 2.92 digs per set. Madison Vaughn is the team leader with 1.03 blocks per set, while Diana Enriquez is second at 0.70 blocks per set

Scouting Gardner-Webb...
Tyler Cockrell leads four players averaging multiple kills per set with 2.74 on the season, while Tyra Montour is averaging 2.46. Cockrell is the team leader with a .294 hitting percentage. Heather Feldman sets up with the GWU offense with 9.36 assists per set, while Anna Pashkova leads the team with 0.26 aces per set.

Defensively, Pashkova is the team leader with 4.82 digs per set on the backline, while Brianna Starr is second with 2.59 digs per set. At the net, Cockrell leads the team with 1.13 blocks per set, while Kaelyn Dyson is averaging 0.94 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 3.48 kills per set while hitting .293 from the floor.

Siraya Windsor, CSU, Jr., Outside Hitter
Windsor led the Bucs with 3.73 kills per set and 4.55 digs per set in recording three double-doubles in matches against N.C. Central, Liberty and Radford. Windsor paced the Bucs with 12 kills and a match-high 16 digs on Wednesday aganst N.C. Central, and followed up with  12 kills and 18 digs against Liberty and 17 kills and 16 digs against Radford to pace the Bucs on the week. For the season, Windsor is averaging 3.34 kills and 3.06 digs per set.

1,000 Dig Club...
Ashley Higginbothem became the eighth player in CSU history to join the 1,000 dig club on Wednesday, passing Kathy Dantzler to move into seventh all-time with 1,007 career digs. Higginbothem, who started the season with 850 digs, is averaging 2.75 digs per set on the season.

Rk          Name                                                                         Digs
1.             Carrie O'Connell (1991-94)                                 1,833
6.            Sam Sasan (2006-09)                                           1,102
7.            Ashley Higginbothem (2011-pres.)        1,045
8.                 Kathy Dantzler (1991-94)         1,000

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…
Radford 3, Charleston So. 1 * October 18
Charleston Southern fell in four sets to visiting Radford on Saturday evening inside the Buc Dome, dropping the Big South decision 18-25, 25-22, 27-25, 25-15.

Siraya Windsor recorded her 11th double-double of the season and third this week with 17 kills and 16 digs, while Meredith Parrott had 15 kills and five blocks in the loss as CSU hit .225 as a team from the floor. Katrina Houston added nine kills and a team-high six blocks in the loss, while Cassidy Greer had 43 assists and seven digs for the Bucs.

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.

Swing Away...
Connor Malone enters the week second in the Big South Conference in hitting percentage in conference matches, connecting at a .342 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 1.59 kills per set on the season in Big South play and 0.36 blocks per set.

CSU Record Watch…
15      Cori Holeman (2007-10)             720
16     Meredith Parrott                      711
20    Siraya Windsor                        641 

10     Jillian Worby (2003-06)           2,241
11     Siraya Windsor                   2,228
21     Meredith Parrott                  1,772 

Hitting %
5       Katie O'Riordan (2002-05)     0.268
6       Meredith Parrott                 0.267 

6       Amy Nokes (2007-11)               1,997
7       Cassidy Greer                       1,830
8       Kirsten Struksnes                1,385 

18     Renae Popovich (2004-07)           78
19     Siraya Windsor                          77 

6       Sam Sasan (2006-09)                1,102
7       Ashley Higginbothem        1,045
24    Siraya Windsor                       647 

20     Jenny Shaw (1999-02)                 186
21      Meredith Parrott            185

This Weekend in the Big South…
Friday, October 24
   CSU at UNC Asheville                7 p.m.
   Campbell at High Point                     7 p.m.
  Winthrop at Radford                        7 p.m.
  Presbyterian at Liberty                     7 p.m.
  Coastal Caro. at Gardner-Webb     7 p.m. 

Saturday, October 25
   Winthrop at Liberty                          2 p.m.
  Coastal Caro. at UNC Asheville       2 p.m.
   CSU at Gardner-Webb             2 p.m.
   Presbyterian at Radford 4 p.m.

CSU among the Big South Leaders…
Hitting %
     5th         Meredith Parrott         0.299

     4th         Meredith Parrott           3.48
    7th         Siraya Windsor               3.34 

     7th         Cassidy Greer                 9.20 

     10th       Siraya Windsor              0.25 

     6th         Taylor Allman                 4.45 

     5th         Meredith Parrott           3.92
    7th         Siraya Windsor               3.65 

Hitting %.......................... 0.203, 4th
Opp. Hitting %................. 0.202, 7th
Assists............................... 11.15, 6th
Kills.................................. 12.00, 6th
Blocks............................... 1.35, 10th
Aces.................................. 0.91, 10th
Digs       15.84, 5th


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