Weekend Preview: Bucs set for crosstown showdown at CofC Invitational

Weekend Preview: Bucs set for crosstown showdown at CofC Invitational

**Hampton Inn Charleston/West Ashley CofC Invitational**

Friday, September 7
CSU vs. The Citadel
TD Arena – Charleston, S.C.
4:30 p.m. | Live Stats

Saturday, September 8
CSU vs. Davidson
TD Arena – Charleston, S.C.
2 p.m. | Live Stats

CSU at College of Charleston
TD Arena – Charleston, S.C.
7 p.m. | Live Stats

Weekend Preview
Charleston Southern opens its September slate this weekend just down the road as the Buccaneers take on The Citadel, Davidson and host College of Charleston in the 2018 Hampton Inn Charleston/West Ashley CofC Invitational from TD Arena.

Friday will see a single match against The Citadel while Saturday will feature a twinbill against Davidson and College of Charleston. This weekend marks the second time in three seasons the Bucs have played in a tournament hosted by College of Charleston with the previous coming in 2016 when Charleston Southern took on Eastern Michigan, VCU and the host Cougars.

CSU is well-rested from an eight-day break and coming off a perfect 2-0 midweek to end August that saw a 3-0 sweep of Savannah State in the Bucs' home opener as well as a 3-1 road triumph over South Carolina State. The Bucs are 4-1 to start the season thanks to a 2-1 weekend at the Western Carolina Tournament to open the season. The 4-1 start is the best under head coach Christy Mooberry as the Bucs also ride a three-match win streak into the weekend with three of their four wins coming in just three sets.

Opponent Preview
The Citadel

The Citadel enters weekend with a 4-3 record after a 3-1 win at Savannah State Wednesday night. The Bulldogs began the season with a 1-2 weekend at the UNC Asheville Tournament before a 2-1 record at the FAU Invitational last week. The Bulldogs are led by sophomore outside hitter Sharlissa De Jesus and her 110 kills and 4.58 kills per set.

Davidson enters Saturday's match with a 4-3 record that saw a 2-1 opening weekend hosting their own tournament, a five-set midweek win over Charlotte and 1-2 second weekend at the Appalachian State Invitational. Exactly half of the Wildcats are upperclassmen as they finished 10-17 last season while welcoming back Ciera Cockrell, who led the team with 239 kills last season.

College of Charleston
College of Charleston enters Saturday night's match with a 3-4 record after taking down South Carolina State 3-0 Tuesday night in their lone midweek match. The Cougars boast eight upperclassmen on the roster after a 27-6 campaign a season ago that saw the CAA's first-ever at-large NCAA Volleyball Tournament bid. This weekend marks the second tournament the Cougars have hosted this season after they opened the season 2-1 at home with wins over Missouri State and Western Kentucky.

Player Watch
Madison Malloch, - Charleston Southern, Freshman, Outside Hitter
Madison Malloch put together a pair of double-digit kill performances to lead the Bucs to wins over Savannah State and S.C. State this past weekend. The redshirt freshman opened the week with a 10-kill performance in CSU's sweep over the Lady Tigers. Malloch posted 10 kills over her 15 attacks to finish with a .667 hitting percentage, and added a block in the win. She followed up with 11 more kills and a trio of blocks in CSU's four-set win over S.C. State. The freshman hit .231 for the week overall and led the Bucs with 3.00 kills per set.

Madison Martin – Charleston Southern, Senior, Libero
Madison Martin led CSU's defensive efforts over the week and remains among the conference leaders after averaging 4.43 digs per set in CSU's pair of wins. Martin put together 13 digs and helmed a defense that held Savannah State to a -.115 hitting percentage in the three-set win on Tuesday. She followed up with a match-high 18 digs and added five assists and a pair of aces in CSU's four-set win over S.C. State. Martin and the Bucs limited the Bulldogs to a .015 hitting percentage in the match.

The Citadel
Sharlissa de Jesus – Sophomore, Outside Hitter

Sophomore outside hitter Sharlissa de Jesus leads the Bulldogs in kills (110) – including a season-best 25 against Bethune-Cookman – and kills per set (4.58). de Jesus' kills per set mark leads the Southern Conference while she sits second in service aces (14).

Mason Rooney – Senior, Setter/Opposite

Mason Rooney leads the Davidson attack this season with 69 kills and 2.76 kills per set as well as 136 assists and 5.44 assists per set. Rooney also entered the season 10th all-time for career assists (1,374) at Davidson. As a junior, Rooney finished second in the nation with five triple-doubles and added 10 double-doubles.

College of Charleston
Allison Beckman – Senior, Setter

A senior from Apex, N.C. Allison Beckman has been a starter since she first set foot on campus winning many accolades (CAA Setter of the Year in 2017; 2017 AVCA All-East Region Honorable Mention) and scattering her name all over the record books at College of Charleston. Entering her final campaign, Beckman had 3,495 assists (5th all-time), 10.5 assists her set (4th all-time) and had the eighth-most assists in a single season in 2017 with 1,287 total.

Up Next
The Bucs will head north Friday, September 14 and Saturday, September 15 for the Hampton Inn Seahawk Invitational. While at the UNC Wilmington Tournament, CSU is slated to take on Providence, the host Seahawks and South Carolina State. First serve between the Bucs and Friars is set for 5 p.m. from Trask Coliseum.

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