VB Weekend Preview: Bucs Host Second-Straight Top-Two Big South Foe

VB Weekend Preview: Bucs Host Second-Straight Top-Two Big South Foe

Saturday, October 6
CSU vs. High Point
Buccaneer Field House – Charleston, S.C.
2 p.m. | Live Stats

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern comes off a trilling 3-2 victory over Presbyterian Tuesday night as they knocked the Blue Hose from the ranks of the unbeaten.

The dynamic duo of Brooke Monssen and Addison Kaderli had 31 kills, 18 digs and eight blocks combined while five Bucs contributed 10-plus digs and Naiomi Rivera added 45 helpers.

As a unit, CSU leads the Big South in opponent hitting percentage (.154) and digs (17.28) while ranking among the top-five in hitting percentage (.178), kills (11.48) and blocks (1.78). Those rankings have helped the Bucs take three of the past four matches and enter the weekend 3-2 in a three-way tie for fourth in the standings.

Opponent Preview
High Point
High Point enters the weekend red-hot after sweeps over Radford and Campbell and boast a 4-1 record. Despite the tough nonconference where they faced four nationally-ranked opponents, the Panthers sits at 8-8 overall having faced three top-10 teams (No. 2 Texas, No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 9 Pitt) and No. 21 Utah.

High Point is a skilled and experienced squad that currently leads the Big South in kills per set (13.47) and assists per set (12.73) while sitting second in hitting percentage (.215). They are led by a quartet of players offensively that average over 2.31 kills per set while Abby Bottomnley leads the defense and conference with her 5.35 digs per set.

Player Watch
Addison Kaderli, Sr., OH, Austin, Texas
Senior outside hitter Addison Kaderli keeps getting closer to the 1,000 kills milestone as she enters the weekend at 984 total – good for seventh all-time in program history. In the comeback thriller over first-place Presbyterian, Kaderli turned in a double-double with 14 kills, 11 digs and four blocks. She has double-digit kills in each of CSU's last two wins.

High Point
Molly Livingston – Senior, Middle Blocker

Molly Livingston has been a force at the net for High Point leading them to a 4-1 start entering the weekend. The senior middle blocker has a team-high 2.80 kills per set and 0.80 blocks per set headlining a rotation of Panthers that has four players averaging 2.31 kills per set or higher.

She opened Big South play with three-straight matches in double figures including a season-high 14 against conference newcomer USC Upstate. Campbell was able to keep Livingston in check Tuesday night to four kills, but the senior contributed four blocks to push High Point to a sweep.

Milestone Watch
Senior outside hitter Addison Kaderli enters the weekend just 6 kills from 1,000 in her career as she sits seventh on the program's all-time kills list. The Austin, Texas, native also sits fourth in career attacks with 3,676 to her credit. The senior has a chance to collect the milestone in front of CSU faithful when they hit the floor Saturday inside the Buc Dome. Her sixth kill Saturday would make Kaderli just the seventh player in program history to join the 1,000 club.

Senior defensive specialist Madison Martin sits 40 digs from moving into a tie for second on the program's all-time list, currently sitting on 1,721 donning a Buccaneer uniform. Martin set the single-season digs record her sophomore season thanks to 665 – 62 digs more than the previous record of 603. Martin spearheads a Buc defense with her 4.32 digs per set as the team leads the Big South with their 17.28 per set.

Up Next
CSU hosts another top-tier Big South team as Radford enters the Buc Dome Friday, October 12 as the lone match scheduled for the week.

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