Volleyball Preview: Bucs host Savannah State in midweek matchup at the Buc Dome

Volleyball Preview: Bucs host Savannah State in midweek matchup at the Buc Dome

CHARLESTON, S.C. - CSU welcomes Savannah State to the Buc Dome on Tuesday night for the Buccaneers' 2015 home opener. First serve between the Buccaneers and the Tigers is set for 7 p.m.

The match will be streamed live on the Big South Network with John Peters calling the action for CSU, while fans can follow live stats at CSUSports.com.  For in-game tweets and updates, follow the Bucs at @CSUGameDay

CSU Match Notes - Savannah State

The Bucs will be hosting Toothpaste Tuesday in the Buc Dome during the game and encouraging fans to bring tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes to donate to the 180 Place located downtown. For each tube of toothpaste donated, fans will receive raffle tickets with chances to win CSU volleyball t-shirts.

Scouting the Opposition
Savannah State opened the 2015 season at the Kennesaw State Invitational, falling to Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State and Alabama State. The Tigers also fell to East Carolina this past Sunday, dropping a three-set match to Savannah State at home in Willcox-Wiley Gymnasium. The Tigers will only play one Big South opponent in the 2015 season, taking on CSU in Charleston on September 1, while hosting the Buccaneers on September 21 in Willcox-Wiley Gymnasium. 

The Lady Tigers have a young roster this season.  Ten of the 14 student-athletes on the team have entered the program over the last two seasons, including five newcomers this season.  Overall, the Tigers have one senior, four juniors, four sophomores and five freshmen. The Tigers return both setters of junior Caitlynn Masoe, who had 4.92 assists per set last season, and sophomore Lynae Bryant, who had 4.04 assists per set.  SSU also returns the leader in digs with junior Alexis Washington, who recorded 2.56 digs per set, and sophomore Autumn Lipscomb, who recorded a team-high 0.52 blocks per set.

Last Season Against Savannah State
The Buccaneers took both matches from the Tigers last season, winning 3-0 at home inside the Buc Dome on September 23, while topping the Tigers in Savannah on September 30, 3-0. Meredith Parrott led the Bucs with 10 kills, while Siraya Windsor narrowly missed out on a double-double in the first match against the Tigers. Parrott and Katrina Houston had 11 kills as the Bucs completed the season sweep against Savannah State on September 30. Taylor Allman added 18 digs in the effort.

Recapping the Weekend
Siraya Windsor opened up the season again displaying the all-around talent that puts her among the top players in the Big South Conference, finishing the opening weekend at the Big Orange Bash with a team-high 3.10 kills per set, while sitting second on the team with 3.20 digs per set. She also recorded her first double-double of the season against host Clemson with 15 kills and 10 digs in the Bucs' four-set loss to the Tigers.

Ashley Higginbothem led the Bucs' defensive efforts over the first weekend with a team-high 55 digs over the first 10 sets of the season. The redshirt senior bounced back from injuries over the past two seasons to post a career-high 31 digs against Clemson and led the team in the category in all three matches on the weekend.

Kylie Klein and Connor Malone led the Bucs' efforts at the net to open the weekend with Klein posting a team-high eight blocks, including five in CSU's season opener against Appalachian State. Malone added multiple blocks in every match, including three in CSU's loss to UNC Wilmington, while hitting .300 against the Seahawks.

Cassidy Greer and Brooke Green split the setting opportunities on the weekend as the duo combined to average 8.70 assists per set over the first three matches. Greer led the Bucs with 22 assists in CSU's four set loss to Clemson, while Green had a team-high 13 assists against UNC Wilmington.

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