CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern takes on the field at the Bash in the Boro on Thursday and Friday as the Buccaneers travel to Statesboro, Ga. and Georgia Southern University for the two-day tournament. The Bucs open play on Thursday against Savannah State and Georgia Southern. CSU closes out the tournament against Jacksonville State and The Citadel on Friday.
CSU enters the weekend coming off of a win over South Carolina State in a non-conference midweek matchup between the Bucs and the Bulldogs. Freshman outside hitter Brooke Monssen leads the CSU offense on the season with 3.20 kills per set. Sophomores Hannah Western (2.47 kps, 3.00 dps) and Addison Kaderli (2.33 kps, 3.00 dps) are among CSU's all-around leaders on the court. Freshman setter Rachel Smith leads the Bucs with 8.80 assists per set.
Scouting the Opposition
Savannah State struggled this past weekend in at the Benson Invitational in Athens, Ga., as the Lady Tigers fell to the University of San Francisco, Georgia and UNC Asheville. Savannah State was led over the opening weekend by Caitlynn Masoe's 1.78 kills per set, while Autumn Lipscomb led SSU with a .300 hitting percentage. Alee Quint set up the SSU offense with 4.44 assists per set. Defensively, Savannah State was led by Alexis Washington's 2.89 digs per set. Chinenye Ofodile was the blocking leader with 0.75 blocks per set.
Tournament host Georgia Southern took on one of the toughest fields in the country to open the 2016 season as the Eagles fell in all three of their matches at the Penn State Classic. The Eagles dropped decisions to No. 19 North Carolina, No. 9 Penn State and West Virginia over the two-day event in State College, Pa. GSU is led on the season by Megan Chevalier's 2.22 kills per set. Lauren Reichard leads the Eagles with a .238 hitting percentage, while Katie Bange sets up the offense with 4.22 assists per set. Defensively, Alex Beecher is the digs leader with 4.67. Reilly Bosworth is the team leader with 0.78 blocks per set.
Jacksonville State struggled over the opening weekend of the Air Force Tournament, dropping decisions to the Air Force Academy, Grand Canyon and Montana State. The Gamecocks were led by Allyson Zuhlke's 3.25 kills per set. Kaylee Freer added 3.08 kills per set over the three matches. Jennifer Hart led the Gamecocks with 5.40 assists per set. Defensively, Hannah Kirk was the backline leader with 3.33 digs per set, while Mackenzie Rombach led JSU at the net with 1.08 blocks per set.
The Citadel went five sets in every match of the opening Bulldog Battle, topping Morehead State and Gardner-Webb on the weekend. The Bulldogs fell to Robert Morris in their lone blemish over the opening weekend. The Citadel has been led by Moriah Smith's 4.60 kills per set on the season on the attack. Logan Smith sets up the Bulldogs' offense with 7.00 assists per set. Defensively, Samantha Espy is the digs leader with 5.40 per set. At the net, Dominique Williams leads the way with 0.53 blocks per set.