CHARLESTON, S.C. - Trips to Western Carolina and Georgia Southern, as well as two local tournaments at College of Charleston and The Citadel highlight the 2016 Charleston Southern volleyball schedule, Head Coach Christy Mooberry announced on Friday morning.
The Bucs travel to road tournaments hosted by Western Carolina, Georgia Southern, CofC, and The Citadel to open the 2016 season. CSU will host Big South matches against Campbell, Presbyterian, Radford, Liberty, UNC Asheville, High Point, Winthrop and Gardner-Webb.
"Our tournament schedule gives us the opportunity to grow and stay strong early in the season," said Mooberry. "We'll have good, fun team trips as we head to the mountains and to Savannah early, and I'm excited about having two full rounds in conference this season. I think this schedule will definitely benefit us as a team."
The Bucs return seven players from last season's squad that advanced to the postseason for the first time under Mooberry as CSU looks to take the next step in 2016.
Seniors Siraya Windsor, Connor Malone and Taylor Allman all return for their final season with the Bucs, while junior Kylie Klein and sophomores Madison Martin, Addison Kaderli, and Hannah Western, will provide depth and experience for a deep CSU roster.
"I think we'll have great dynamic on the court," Mooberry said. "We have some solid talent coming in. Our returners and seniors have led the example in work ethic for the incoming girls, so I'm excited to see the results play out on the court this year."
CSU opens the season on an 18 match road trip spanning the months of August and September.
The Bucs open the season on the road at the Catamount Volleyball Classic hosted by Western Carolina in Cullowhee, N.C. on August 26-27. CSU will take on Tennessee Tech, Western Carolina and UAB over the two day event.
CSU steps out of tournament play on August 30 to travel to S.C. State, before remaining on the road on September 1-2 at the Bash in the Boro hosted by Georgia Southern in Statesboro, Ga. The Bucs will take on Savannah State, Georgia Southern, Jacksonville State and The Citadel over the two day tournament.
The following weekend returns the Buccaneers to Charleston as CSU travels to TD Arena for the CofC Classic hosted by College of Charleston on September 9-10. The Bucs will take on Eastern Michigan, CofC and VCU over the two days.
The Bucs remain on the road on September 13 with a short trip to Savannah State, before closing out tournament play at the Bulldog Invitational hosted by The Citadel on September 16-17. CSU will take on Austin Peay, Savannah State, Elon and The Citadel in McAlister Field House.
CSU opens Big South play on the road to close out the month of September. The Bucs travel to Presbyterian (Sept. 20) and Gardner-Webb (Sept. 24) to close out the second month of the season.
The Bucs make their home debut on October 1 against Campbell and close out the season series against PC at home on October 4.
After a three match road trip to High Point (Oct. 7), UNC Asheville (Oct. 8) and Davidson (Oct. 11), the Bucs return home for their longest home stretch of the season. CSU hosts four Big South opponents in the Buc Dome over a two week span, taking on Radford and Liberty (Oct. 14-15) and UNC Asheville and High Point (Oct. 21-22)
CSU returns to the road to close out October, making trips to Winthrop (Oct. 25) and Campbell (Oct. 29).
The Bucs host Winthrop (Nov. 1) and Gardner-Webb (Nov. 4) to close out the home portion of their 2016 schedule. CSU's matchup against the Runnin' Bulldogs will also serve as Senior Day for the Bucs' three seniors.
CSU closes out the 2016 regular season on the road at Radford (Nov. 10) and Liberty (Nov. 12).
The Big South Tournament will be hosted from November 18-20 inside the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va., on the campus of Liberty University.