Volleyball Preview: Buccaneers make final road trip of 2014 to Coastal Carolina on Friday

Volleyball Preview: Buccaneers make final road trip of 2014 to Coastal Carolina on Friday

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern remains on the road for their final trip of the 2014 regular season as the Buccaneers travel to Conway, S.C. and The HTC Center for a Friday night clash against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. First serve between the Bucs and the Chants is set for 7 p.m. 

Live Stats will be available on GoCCUSports.com and Video will be provided on the Big South Network. Updates will also be provided on Twitter: @CSUsports

Charleston Southern Match Notes

Bucs against Coastal Carolina...
Charleston Southern is 4-29 overall going back to the 2000 season against Coastal Carolina. The Bucs last victory over the Chanticleers came in 2012 inside the Buc Dome as CSU topped Coastal Carolina in a five-set thriller on October 5, 2012, 3-2.

Coastal Carolina (4-29)
       10/4/00                A                                         L, 0-3
       11/7/00                H                                         L, 2-3
       10/10/01              H                                       W, 3-2
       11/6/01                 A                                          L, 1-3
       9/24/02                A                                         L, 0-3
       10/22/02              H                                         L, 0-3
       11/21/02               N                                         L, 0-3
       9/30/03                A                                          L, 2-3
       11/11/03               H                                         L, 1-3
       11/21/03               N                                         L, 0-3
       10/26/04              H                                         L, 1-3
       11/12/04               A                                          L, 1-3
       11/16/04               N                                          L, 1-3
       9/21/05                A                                          L, 1-3
       11/11/05               H                                         L, 2-3
       9/23/06                H                                         L, 1-3
       11/10/06              A                                         L, 0-3
       9/21/07                A                                         L, 0-3
       11/9/07                 H                                         L, 1-3
       9/30/08               H                                         L, 1-3
       10/29/08             A                                         L, 0-3
       11/21/08              N                                         L, 0-3
       10/13/09              A                                          L, 1-3
       10/27/09              H                                        W, 3-1
       9/21/10                 A                                         L, 0-3
       11/2/10                 H                                       W, 3-0
       10/7/11                 A                                         L, 0-3
       11/5/11                  H                                         L, 1-3
       10/5/12                 H                                       W, 3-2
       11/2/12                 A                                         L, 0-3
       10/11/13               A                                         L, 0-3
       11/8/13                 H                                         L, 0-3
       10/10/14              H                                         L, 1-3 

Earlier this season against Coastal Carolina...
October 10 * Buc Dome
Coastal Carolina 3, CSU 1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-14)
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.

Scouting Coastal Carolina...
Coastal Carolina enters the Friday match sporting a 19-6 overall record, 8-3 in Big South Conference play on the season to sit third overall, trailing behind Radford and Liberty.

Over their past five matches, Coastal Carolina has going 4-1, with their lone loss coming on the road on October 31 against Winthrop. Over the stretch, the Chants topped South Carolina, Gardner-Webb, UNC Asheville and Presbyterian.

For the season, Coastal has posted a 7-2 overall record at The HTC Center with their last loss coming on October 18 against Liberty, 3-1.

Leah Hardeman leads the Chants on the season with 4.02 kills per set, while Eszter Nagy (2.33) and Lian Bernett (2.15) are also averaging multiple kills on the season. Sam Skryd sets up the CCU attack with 9.50 assists per set, while Djuric Aleksandra is the backup setter with 2.50 assists per set. At the service line, Hardeman leads the Chants with 0.34 aces per set.

Defensively, Coastal Carolina has been paced on the backline by Jenna Orner's 4.62 digs per set, while Bernett is averaging 2.99 digs per set. At the net, Annayka Legros leads the team with 1.05 blocks per set, while Nagy is averaging 0.92 blocks per set. 

Player Watch...
Meredith Parrott, CSU, Jr., Middle Blocker
Parrrott continues to sit among both the CSU and Big South leaders on the season in multiple categories, as the junior middle blocker sits 5th overall in kills, 4th overall in points and 5th in hitting percentage on the season in the conference rankings. For the year, Parrott is averaging 3.45 kills per set while hitting .307 from the floor. 

Siraya Windsor, CSU, Jr., Outside Hitter
Windsor sits among the CSU and Big South leaders on the season in multiple categories, as the junior outside hitter sits 8th in the Big South in kills, 9th in service aces and 9th in points. For the year, Windsor is averaging 3.26 kills per set and 0.25 service aces. 

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
5.            Kim Duncan (1991-94)                                          1,145
6.            Ashley Higginbothem (2011-pres.)         1,115
7.            Sam Sasan (2006-09)                                           1,102 

20 years in the making...
Charleston Southern ended one of the longest streaks in Big South history on October 24th against UNC Asheville when the Bucs topped the Bulldogs, 3-1, inside the Justice Center. The win, CSU's first at Asheville in over 20 years, was paced by Meredith Parrott's 20 kills and a .607 hitting percentage, while Siraya Windsor and Katrina Houston both had double-doubles to lead CSU against UNC Asheville. 

Non-Conference, No Worries...
Charleston Southern wrapped up their 2014 non-conference slate on October 28th against Columbia (S.C.), sweeping the Fighting Koalas 3-0 inside the Buc Dome. The win put CSU above .500 on the season against non-conference opponents as the Bucs topped Norfolk State, N.C. A&T, The Citadel, South Carolina State (twice), N.C. Central (twice), Savannah State (twice) and Columbia (S.C.) on the season. Overall, CSU is 10-9 overall on the season against non-conference opponents.

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 marked another 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. 

Double-Double Machine...
Siraya Windsor has led the Bucs on the season with 14 double-doubles on the year, and the junior outside hitter recently saw her six-match streak end this past weekend. Windsor recorded six straight matches with double-doubles dating back to a 12-kill, 16-dig match on October 15 at N.C. Central. She added five double-doubles in Big South play on the season, including 17 kills-18 digs against Campbell, 12 kills-18 digs against Liberty, 17 kills-16 digs against Radford, 15 kills-11 digs against UNC Asheville and 14 kills-13 digs against Gardner-Webb. Windsor, entered the season posting only six career double-doubles on the year, and leads the Bucs and is close to the Big South leaders in the category on the season.

CSU Record Watch…
11      Renae Popovich (2004-07)        796
12     Meredith Parrott                     764
18     Siraya Windsor                       686 

7       Rebecca Miller (1999-03)        2,707
8       Siraya Windsor                   2,376
18     Meredith Parrott                  1,871 

Hitting %
3       Carrie O'Connell (1991-94)     0.301
4       Meredith Parrott                 0.273

6       Amy Nokes (2007-11)               1,997
7       Cassidy Greer                       1,939
8       Kirsten Struksnes                1,430 

16     Wendi Loggins (1989-90)             82
17     Siraya Windsor                          81

5       Kim Duncan (1991-94)              1,145
6       Ashley Higginbothem         1,115
23    Siraya Windsor                       698

19     Allison Arreola (1995-98)           204
20           Meredith Parrott            198

Big South Leaderboard…
Hitting %
     5th         Meredith Parrott        0.307 

     5th         Meredith Parrott           3.45
    8th         Siraya Windsor               3.26 

     7th         Cassidy Greer                 9.28 

     9th         Siraya Windsor              0.25 

     8th         Taylor Allman                 4.27 

     4th         Meredith Parrott           3.94
    9th         Siraya Windsor               3.57

Hitting %......................... 0.200, 5th
Opp. Hitting %................. 0.203, 8th
Assists.............................. 11.30, 6th
Kills.................................. 12.10, 6th
Blocks............................... 1.41, 10th
Aces................................. 0.90, 10th
Digs                                       16.05, 4th

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