CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern returns to the friendly confines of the Buc Dome this weekend as the Buccaneers host a pair of Big South Conference matches with Campbell and High Point coming to town on Friday and Saturday.
CSU returns to the Buc Dome for the first time since the home opener on September 10th against Savannah State and looks to reverse a four match skid which saw the Buccaneers fall to Central Michigan, Georgia Southern, Presbyterian and Winthrop as CSU fell to 5-11, 0-2 in conference play on the season.
Charleston Southern's previous home match in the 2013 season saw the Buccaneers play in front of a packed student section as the Bucs topped the Tigers in straight sets, 25-12, 25-13, 25-11. Kayla Klinger had a season-high 10 kills and Erin LaVenice recorded a season-high nine blocks as Charleston Southern hit a season-high .493 from the floor with three players on the roster recording at least eight kills with zero attack errors, led by Klinger as the CSU senior outside hitter connected at a .714 clip from the floor with 10 kills in 14 attacks on the evening. LaVenice added a team high nine blocks as the teams had 10 total blocks on the evening in picking up their second win of the season.
This past week, as the Buccaneers opened up Big South Conference action, Charleston Southern made the trip to Clinton, S.C., and Rock Hill, S.C., in taking on Presbyterian on Friday and Winthrop on Saturday.
Friday's contest saw CSU fall against a balanced offensive attack by Presbyterian inside the Templeton Center in both teams' Big South Conference opener as the Buccaneers dropped in three sets to the Blue Hose, 25-18, 25-19, 25-22. LaVenice led the way for Charleston Southern with seven kills as the Bucs hit .106 from the floor in the match, while Klinger had six kills in the loss. Meredith Parrott provided five kills of her own while setter Cassidy Greer had 23 set assists overall for CSU.
Saturday afternoon's contest inside the Winthrop Coliseum saw the Bucs fall again in straight sets, this time to the Eagles, despite Klinger again leading Charleston Southern with seven kills in the match, while LaVenice had six kills and five blocks overall in the match.
The CSU sophomore trio continues to pace the Buccaneers offensive attack on the season with Katrina Houston leading the way with 2.84 kills per set, while Parrott (2.40) and Siraya Windsor (2.39) are close behind. A fellow sophomore, setter Greer, leads the Bucs with 8.36 assists per set, while Parrott is the team leader with 15 service aces.
Defensively, senior libero Maggie Muprhy paces the Buccaneers' backline with 3.24 digs per set, while Windsor is close behind with 2.55 digs per set. At the net, LaVenice continues to lead CSU and sit among the Big South leaders with 1.10 blocks per set.
Charleston Southern holds the 19-8 series advantage over Campbell, while High Point has the 21-11 all-time edge over the Buccaneers.
The Fighting Camels enter the weekend with a 10-7 record, 1-0 in Big South Conference action after topping High Point last weekend, 3-2, at High Point, N.C. The Camels also proved to be the winners of the Hampton Inn of Holly Springs Invite early in September, taking wins over N.C. Central, Indiana State and Georgetown during the tournament.
For the season, Campbell has been led by junior outside hitter Jessica Groen who paces the Camels attack with 2.77 kills per set, while Heather Wilson sets up the attack with 9.09 assists per set. Defensively, Mary Crema is the team leader with 5.25 digs per set, while at the net Lorin Thomas leads the team with 0.86 blocks per set.
Last season, Charleston Southern swept both matches against the Camels, winning 3-0 in Buies Creek, N.C., and 3-0 on Senior Day in the Buc Dome.
High Point Preview
High Point enters the weekend with a 6-10 record overall, 0-1 in Big South action on the year after falling last Friday to Campbell at home. The Panthers will take on Coastal Carolina on Friday evening, before making the short journey down to Charleston Southern for a 6 p.m. Saturday evening matchup.
Chelsea Davis leads on the Panthers on the year in averaging 4.27 kills per set, while Maddie Simpson is the team leader with 8.38 assists per set. Defensively, Annemarie Chin is the team leader with 5.59 digs per set, while Katie Vincent leads the team with 1.05 blocks per set.
Last season High Point took both matches from the Buccaneers, topping CSU at home 3-0, while defeating the Bucs in the Buc Dome, 3-1.