Volleyball Preview: Buccaneers travel to College of Charleston for midweek match-up against Cougars

Volleyball Preview: Buccaneers travel to College of Charleston for midweek match-up against Cougars

CHARLESTON, S.C. - CSU travels to College of Charleston on Tuesday night as the Buccaneers take on the Cougars inside TD Arena. First serve between the Bucs and the Cougars is set for 7 p.m.

The Bucs are four matches of a 14 match road trip that includes trips to South Carolina and Grand Canyon University. Live Stats for the match will be available on CofCSports.com, while the match will be streamed on the College of Charleston Sports Network.

CSU Volleyball vs. College of Charleston Game Notes

Scouting the Opposition
College of Charleston was again selected as the Colonial Athletic Association preseason favorite for the second straight year. The Cougars will play one of the toughest schedules in the league, having already taken on #5 Wisconsin, with Tennessee and Minnesota still on their tournament schedules in September. The Cougars previously topped Alabama this past Saturday at the Hampton Inn Bama Bash in a five-set thriller, 3-2. 

Melsisa Morello leads the CofC offense on the season averaging 3.36 kills per set. Kennedy Madison (2.46) and Maddie Hills (2.18) are also among the team leaders in kills on the season. Hills is the team leader with a .409 hitting percentage on the season. Allison Beckman (6.59) and Mackenzie Cooler (5.88) set up the CofC offense on the year. Defensively, Britney Vallez is the digs leader at 4.25 per set, while Krissy Mummey leads the Cougars at the net with 1.22 blocks per set. 

Last Season Against College of Charelston
The Buccaneers fell in their lone match against College of Charleston last season inside the Buc Dome, strugging against the Cougars in their 3-0 loss on September 9th. Meredith Parrott and Siraya Windsor had six kills apiece to pace the CSU offense on the evening, but the Bucs hit only .074 from the floor in the match in falling to the Cougars. Cassidy Greer set up the Bucs' attack with 16 assists in the match, while Taylor Allman and Kirsten Struksnes were both in double-digits in digs to lead the defensive efforts. Allman finished the match with a team-high 13 digs, while Struksnes had 11 in her third double-digit effort on the season. Connor Malone and Kylie Klein led the Bucs at the net with three apiece in the match. 

Recapping the Weekend
Charleston Southern went 3-1 on the week with wins over Savannah State, Elon and N.C. Central as the Buccaneers improved their mark to 3-4 overall on the season. 

Senior Meredith Parrott led the Bucs offense on the weekend, earning Elon Phoenix Classic All-Tournament honors as the senior averaged 2.90 kills per set and hit .407 over the week 

Redshirt senior Ashley Higginbothem continues her early season dominance on the backline for the Bucs as the redshirt senior earned Elon Phoenix Classic All-Tournament honors after leading the Bucs with 4.40 digs per set. The redshirt senior also contributed nine assists and two aces in pacing the CSU defense. 

Freshman Addison Kaderli stepped into a starting role for the Bucs this weekend at the Elon Phoenix Classic and immediately made an impact with 12 kills in CSU's 3-1 win over Elon. She finished the weekend averaging 2.20 kills per set, while hitting .181 from the floor in the three matches. 

Junior defensive specialist Taylor Allman continued her strong play on the backline for the Bucs with a season-high 23 digs against Elon. She followed it up with a double-digit performance against N.C. Central and finished the week with six aces overall from the serving line.

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