Volleyball Preview: Bucs return to the Buc Dome to host Campbell and High Point this weekend

Volleyball Preview: Bucs return to the Buc Dome to host Campbell and High Point this weekend

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern returns home for their first action inside the Buc Dome in over a month this weekend as the Buccaneers host Campbell and High Point in Big South Conference play. The Bucs host Campbell at 7 p.m. on Friday night and High Point on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Live stats for both matches will be available on CSUSports.com, while in-game updates and tweets will be provided @CSUGameDay.

Scouting Campbell
Campbell comes into the weekend with a 5-9 overall record in the 2015 season with the Camels posting a 0-1 record in Big South Conference play. Campbell fell in their Big South opener this past weekend, dropping a 3-2 decision on the road to High Point. The Camels have posted a 1-4 record on the road this season with their lone win coming on September 1 at North Carolina A&T.

The Camels have been led on the season by Rachel Harty's 2.22 kills per set, while Jenny Tait is the team leader with a .186 hitting percentage. Rebecca Ramirez (6.20) and Summer Schuitema (3.82) set up the Campbell offense, while Mary Crema has a team-high 0.43 service aces per set average. Defensively, Crema leads the backline with 4.13 digs per set, while Tait is the blocking leader with 0.91 blocks per set.

Scouting High Point
High Point enters the weekend with an 11-6 overall record in the 2015 season, 1-0 in Big South play following their five set win over Campbell last weekend. The Panthers will play Coastal Carolina on Friday night inside The HTC Center, before traveling to CSU on Saturday. High Point has posted a 2-2 record on the road in 2015 with their wins coming at Saint Francis (Pa.) and Western Carolina.

High Point is currently on a six-match winning streak dating back to September 15 when the Panthers topped N.C. A&T 3-0 inside the Millis Center. HPU has been led on the season by Haley Barnes' 3.63 kills per set, while Jordan Hefner is the heading leader at .327. Carly Jimenez (7.45) and Gabi Mirand (6.98) combine to set up the Panthers' attack. Defensively, Annemarie Chin is the team leader with 5.85 digs per set, while Hefner leads the team at the net with 0.96 blocks per set.

Senior libero Ashley Higginbothem continues the march toward 1,500 career digs as the Middletown, Md., native enters the weekend with 1,498 career digs at Charleston Southern. She will likely surpass the 1,500 mark in Friday's match against Campbell and currently sits third all-time in the CSU career digs category trailing behind Carrie O'Connell (1,833) and Amanda Hill (1,535).

Chasing 1,000
Meredith Parrott is looking to become just the sixth player in Charleston Southern history to reach the 1,000 career kill mark this season as the senior middle blocker from Mobile, Ala. enters the weekend with 950 career kills. The last player to reach the mark was CSU all-time great Amanda Hill in 2007-10, who established the CSU all-time kills record with 1,905 career kills. Parrott is also among the Buccaneers' all-time leaders in hitting percentage, entering the weekend with a .265 career hitting percentage, sitting sixth all-time with the Bucs.

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