Volleyball Preview: Bucs travel to Elon Phoenix Classic this weekend

Volleyball Preview: Bucs travel to Elon Phoenix Classic this weekend

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston Southern volleyball team heads back to the road this weekend as the Buccaneers travel to Elon, N.C. and the Alumni Gym for the Elon Phoenix Classic.

The Bucs will take on tournament host Elon on Friday night at 7 p.m. CSU will close out the weekend on Saturday against Wake Forest (10 a.m.) and N.C. Central (4:30 p.m.). The Bucs' match against Elon will be streamed live via the Elon Sports Network, while all live stats for all three matches will be available at ElonPhoenix.com.

Scouting the Opposition
Tournament host Elon was picked eighth overall in the Colonial Athletic Association poll announced prior to the 2015 season. Sophomore Sydney Busa was selected to the Preseason Honorable Mention team. Elon is currently 0-4 on the year and have fallen to two Big South opponents on the season, falling in five sets to both Radford and High Point. Last season, the Phoenix posted a 6-26 overall record, 1-15 in the CAA. Among their wins included a five-set victory over High Point and a three-set sweep over N.C. Central. 

Megan Gravley leads the Elon offense on the season with 2.94 kills per set, while Ebony Scott is second with 1.55 kills per set. Sydel Curry sets up the Phoenix offense with 6.56 assists per set, while Maddie Jaudon is the team leader with 4.00 digs per set. At the net, Catherine Head is the team leader with 1.19 blocks per set. 

Wake Forest
Wake Forest was selected 15th in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2015 preseason poll released earlier in the fall. The Demon Deacons are 1-2 overall on the season following their opening tournament at the Rambler Challenge hosted by Loyola Chicago. The Demon Deacons topped Loyola Chicago, but fell to Northwestern and New Hampshire. CSU is the lone Big South opponent Wake Forest will play in the 2015 season. 

Matalee Reed is the Wake Forest attacking leader on the season with 4.50 kills per set, hitting .391 from the floor overall. Kylie Long has 3.20 kills per set on the season, while Sophia Dodd sets up the Wake Forest attack with 10.20 assists per set. Defensively, Carolina Wolf is averaging a team-high 3.90 digs per set, while Long is close behind at 2.90. At the net, Katie Moore is averaging 0.90 blocks per set. 

N.C. Central
N.C. Central was picked fourth overall in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's (MEAC) Southern Division after making the postseason in the 2014 campaign. Currently on the season, N.C. Central is 0-4 overall having fallen to N.C. State, South Carolina and Southeastern Louisiana in straight sets at the Gamecock Invitational, while also falling 3-0 to East Carolina this past Tuesday. N.C. Central will also face off against the Big South's Gardner-Webb, Winthrop, and Campbell this season. 

Kelsey Murphy leads the Eagles with 3.25 kills per set, while Sydney Summer is averaging 2.42 kills per set in the 2015 season. Casey Curran leads NCCU with 6.11 assists per set on the year. Defensively, Tamika Brekke is the backline leader with 4.17 digs per set, while Whitney White is the team leader at the net with 0.50 blocks per set. 

Recapping Tuesday night against Savannah State
Charleston Southern had one of the top hitting performances in program history on Tuesday night as the Buccaneers swept visiting Savannah State inside the Buc Dome, 25-9, 25-22, 25-7. The Bucs (1-3) picked up their first win of the 2015 season in their home opener, connecting on a .402 hitting percentage from the floor in the straight sets win. The .402 hitting percentage is the eighth-best in CSU volleyball history as the team hit .481 in the first set and .524 in the clinching third set in recording the win over the Tigers.