Volleyball Preview: Bucs host Columbia (S.C.) in Pink Out match on Tuesday night

Volleyball Preview: Bucs host Columbia (S.C.) in Pink Out match on Tuesday night

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern returns home to the Buc Dome to step out of non-conference play as the Bucs host Columbia (S.C.) to take on the Fighting Koalas in CSU's Pink Out match to spread breast cancer awareness. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

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

Charleston Southern Match Notes

Series History...
Charleston Southern has never faced off against Columbia (S.C.) in the Buccaneers history. The Bucs are taking on their first NAIA opponent this season in Columbia. 

Scouting Columbia...
Caitlin Brickley leads the Fighting Koalas attack with 2.79 kills per set, while Caylee Antilley is averaging 2.66 kills per set. Kara Anderson is averaging 2.52 kills and Richelle Prijic is averaging 2.49 kills per set. Setting up the Fighting Koalas attack is Taylor Mullins averaging 9.76 assists per set, while Prijic is the team leader with 39 service aces, averaging 0.53 aces per set. 

Defensively, Chloe Perkins leads the way with 3.97 digs per set, while Anderson is averaging 2.30 digs per set. Prijic is also among the leaders with 2.29 digs per set. At the net, Brickley is the team leader with 0.63 blocks per set while Moriah Brookins (0.53) and Danielle Pettigrew (0.48) are also among the team leaders.

The Bucs and the Fighting Koalas have not played against any common opponents on the 2014 season.

Columbia has posted a 6-2 overall record on the road and have lost three of their past five matches.

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.)         1,071
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

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. 

Setting up the Buccaneers...
Cassidy Greer set a career-high this past weekend as the Mobile, Ala. setter led the Bucs to a 3-1 win over UNC Asheville at the Justice Center with a match-high 55 assists from the floor. Greer had 13 assists in the first set, 12 in the second set, 14 in the third set and 16 in the final set to pace CSU to their first Big South win of the season. Greer's previous high had been 49 assists on October 3, 2014 at Campbell.

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