Volleyball Preview: Bucs open Big South play at Presbyterian and Winthrop this weekend

Volleyball Preview: Bucs open Big South play at Presbyterian and Winthrop this weekend

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern opens up Big South Conference play on the road this weekend as the Buccaneers travel to Presbyterian on Friday and Winthrop on Saturday. First serve against the Blue Hose is set for 7 p.m., while the Bucs take on the Eagles at 4 p.m.

Live stats for the Bucs match on Friday against Presbyterian will be available at GoBlueHose.com, while live stats for Saturday's match between CSU and Winthrop will be available at WinthropEagles.com. Both matches this weekend will be streamed live on the Big South Network.

CSU Match Notes at Presbyterian*, at Winthrop*

Scouting the Opposition
Presbyterian enters the weekend with a 2-11 overall record with wins on the season against Fordham and Hampton. The Blue Hose and the Buccaneers have faced off against two common opponents in the 2015 season in Wofford and Clemson, with both teams falling to their opponents on the year. Last season, the Bucs fell in both matches to the Blue Hose, dropping a 3-1 decision inside the Buc Dome and a 3-0 decision at Presbyterian.

Sierra Davis and Ashton Stewart lead the Blue Hose's offensive efforts in the 2015 season with Davis pacing the offense with 2.17 kills per set, while Stewart is the team leader with a .241 hitting percentage. Sara Rogers sets up the PC attack with 6.52 assists, while defensively Mikayla Register is the team leader with 4.02 digs per set. At the net, Stewart leads the Blue Hose with 0.53 blocks per set. 

Winthrop enters the weekend with a 4-10 overall record and will take on Coastal Carolina on Friday night before hosting the Bucs on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles' wins all came in a row as Winthrop went on a four-match winning streak topping Chicago State, Georgia Southern, Tennessee State and N.C. Central from September 11-15. Against common opponents, Winthrop and CSU both faced off against Clemson and South Carolina, with both teams falling to their opponents. Last season, the Bucs fell in both matches to the Eagles, dropping a 3-1 decision at home and a 3-0 decision inside the WU Coliseum. 

Annelies Dokter leads the Eagles offense with 2.90 kills per set, while Lourdes Rosario is close behind at 2.84. Brianna Gray is the team leader with a .269 hitting percentage. Madilyn McCarty sets up the offense with 9.35 assists per set, while Madia Volstad is the team leader with 3.08 digs per set. At the net, Rachel Lenz is the team leader with 1.21 blocks per set. 

Recapping Tuesday against Savannah State
Charleston Southern cruised past Savannah State on Monday night as the Buccaneers utilized a 12 kill performance from Addison Kaderli on their way to sweeping the host Tigers in straight sets, 25-11, 25-18, 25-23. Kaderli's 12 kills were a part of an offensive performance that saw the Buccaneers hit .478 over the first set and .394 in the second set in topping the Tigers for the second time in the 2015 season. The Bucs previously defeated Savannah State on September 1 inside the Buc Dome, 3-0. 

Big South Preseason Poll and Team
Winthrop was picked to finish tied for third overall in the 2015 Big South Preseason Poll, while Presbyterian was selected seventh overall. CSU rounds out the group as the Bucs were picked 10th overall in the poll. Winthrop's Rachel Lenz was selected to the Big South Preseason All-Conference team. 

Traveling Partners Again
Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina will resume their Big South traveling partnership again in the 2015 season as the Bucs and the Chanticleers will face off against the same opponents on back-to-back days. CSU will travel to Coastal Carolina on Friday, October 9th and will host the Chanticleers on November 6th for Senior Day. 

Recapping the Tournament Slate
Charleston Southern went 2-10 overall in their four tournaments in the tournament slate as the Bucs traveled to the Big Orange Bash hosted by Clemson, the Elon Phoenix Classic, the Grand Canyon Tournament and the Carolina Classic. CSU's best showing came during the Elon Phoenix Classic where the Bucs topped both Elon and N.C. Central in finishing second among the field on the weekend. The following players earned All-Tournament honors from the schedule: 

Elon Phoenix All-Tournament: Meredith Parrott, Ashley Higginbothem
Carolina Classic All-Tournament: Katrina Houston

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