Tuesday, August 28
CSU vs. Savannah State
Buccaneer Field House – Charleston, S.C.
6 p.m. – Live Stats – ESPN+
Thursday, August 30
CSU at S.C. State
Dukes Gymnasium – Orangeburg, S.C.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Fresh off a strong start to the 2018 season this past weekend, Charleston Southern heads into a pair of midweek matches including the Bucs' home opener on Tuesday night.
CSU hosts Savannah State on Tuesday evening in the Buccaneer Field House at 6 p.m. The Bucs' match against the Tigers will be streamed live on ESPN+. CSU returns to the road on Thursday evening in Orangeburg, S.C. against S.C. State at 6 p.m.
The Buccaneers are coming off one of the best opening weekends in program history. CSU went 2-1 in Cullowhee, N.C. at Western Carolina's Catamount Classic. The Bucs topped Middle Tennessee State and Robert Morris in straight sets to put CSU off to its best start since the 2003 season.
Key among Charleston Southern's performances over the weekend included standout play from a number of Buccaneer athletes. Junior Macey LaPorte, redshirt freshman Madison Malloch, and senior Madison Martin all had standout weekends and were listed among the Big South's best players over the opening weekend.
LaPorte recorded a pair of double-digit kill matches against Western Carolina and Robert Morris on her way to averaging 3.22 kills per set. The junior utility player finished the weekend fifth in the conference in the category after hitting .236 from the floor over the three matches. She added 0.89 digs per set on the weekend.
Malloch made her CSU debut one to remember as the redshirt freshman leads the Big South in hitting percentage over the opening weekend. Malloch hit .400 individually and was third in the conference with 3.33 kills per set to pace the Bucs. The Mt. Pleasant, S.C. native hit at least .348 in all three matches and added 11 kills and a block assist in the Bucs' win over Robert Morris.
Martin became just the fourth player in CSU history to post 1,500 career digs over the past weekend as she delivered yet another performance for the ages. The senior libero recorded 28 digs (9.33/set) in the Bucs' three-set win over Robert Morris and finished the weekend second in the Big South with 5.67 digs per set.
Senior outside hitter Addison Kaderli also reached a career milestone this past weekend. The Austin, Texas native became just the seventh CSU player to reach 900 career kills in the loss against Western Carolina.
Savannah State – August 28
Savannah State opens 2018 on Tuesday night at Charleston Southern in their first match of the season. The Bucs are one of two Big South opponents the Tigers will face this season – the other being USC Upstate on September 15 at the GATA Challenge hosted by Georgia Southern. The Tigers return sophomore middle blocker Tyran Chenault as the program's leader in kills (141) and blocks (82.0) from 2018. SSU will run out almost an entirely new roster this year with eight newcomers joining the team.
South Carolina State – August 30
South Carolina State opened 2018 this past weekend in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge held in Atlanta. The Bulldogs went 0-3 over the weekend with losses to Jacksonville, Alabama A&M, and Alabama State. Second-year head coach Monique Lee leads a blended roster that features one senior, four juniors, two sophomores and a trio of freshmen. Alexus Holt leads the team with 3.00 kills per set and 2.30 digs per set over the first weekend.
Charleston Southern takes the weekend off before heading to TD Arena and College of Charleston for the Hampton Inn Charleston/West Ashley CofC Invitational on September 7-8. The Bucs open the weekend against The Citadel on Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.