CHARLESTON, S.C. – Senior defensive specialist Madison Martin and junior utility athlete Macey LaPorte have been chosen as captains for the 2018 Charleston Southern volleyball team by the coaching staff and players.
Both Martin and LaPorte have been anchors in the Buccaneer lineup over the past two seasons playing in almost every match since donning a Charleston Southern uniform. The two have combined for 159 service aces, 1,743 digs and 158 points through their time at Charleston Southern.
"Macey is a consistently hard worker, no matter what is going on circumstantially, she always has her head in the game and is working to be her best, she's also an extremely coachable young athlete which is something we value in the captain role. In conversations with Macey, she is regularly thinking through how to serve her team best and that servant leadership and leadership by example are two top qualities we look for in a captain," said head coach Christy Mooberry.
"Madison has been an on court leader for years now and there's never a moment I've had to ask her to work harder, it's just in her to push herself to sacrifice her body for every ball. She does a great job of pushing her teammates to a higher level as well, but again, she's not asking them to do anything that she isn't already doing herself," Mooberry said. "Leading by example, leading by serving and ability to communicate well with coaches and teammates are a few of the main things we look for in our captains and these two do a great job with that."
A 2016 Big South Volleyball First Team All-Conference selection, Martin has been a staple in the lineup since her freshman season with 1,617 career digs, 4.29 digs per set and 252 career assists. As a junior in 2017, Martin finished third in the Big South in digs per set (4.76) and total digs (528), collected 20-plus digs in 12 matches and was one of two players to appear in all 30 matches and 111 sets.
"It's very exciting to be named a captain," Martin said. "At the same time, title or not, I always want to be the person that people could look towards as an example for someone who will play with grit and fire no matter what opponent lies on the other side. The people I've looked up to in the past weren't captains, so I just want to be a great teammate to everyone and someone that people will remember in a few years."
A Charleston, S.C. product, LaPorte has back-to-back seasons with 30-plus service aces while playing in 236 sets across her first two seasons as a Buccaneer. LaPorte has recorded four service aces in a match four times donning a Charleston Southern uniform doing so twice as a freshman and twice as a sophomore. In her first three weeks as a captain, LaPorte is off to a career-best start in hitting percentage and has four matches with 10-plus kills.
"This year our team filled out a questionnaire with certain qualities reflecting a leader. The cool thing about our team is everyone's name could be mentioned throughout different categories because each girl holds their own part of leadership on this team, which makes us one strong unit," LaPorte said. "I was honored to be named captain this year, but on our team we all view ourselves as one. As a leader I want to reflect joy, walk side-by-side with my teammates while demonstrating good character, and ultimately showing others how awesome playing with God truly is."
CSU kicks off Big South play Tuesday, Sept. 18 when UNC Asheville comes to the Buc Dome. First serve is set for 6 p.m. on the Big South Network on ESPN+.