Saturday, October 27
CSU at Presbyterian
Templeton Center – Clinton, S.C.
4 p.m. | Live Stats
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Charleston Southern volleyball squad takes the floor again Friday night in search of a road victory after a pair of losses last weekend.
As the final stretch of the season hits, the matchup Saturday against Presbyterian can go a long way towards determining seeding and who CSU would play in the Big South Conference tournament. As it stands, CSU would be the six seed as they sit a half game behind USC Upstate – who owns a tiebreaker against CSU – and a half game ahead of Presbyterian – a team CSU currently leads 1-0 on the season.
The second half of Big South play officially kicks off Friday night for CSU when they take on High Point and Presbyterian to complete the home-and-home series. CSU went 1-1 against the Panthers and Blue Hose inside the Buc Dome earlier this season with a 3-2 thriller over Presbyterian and 3-0 loss to High Point.
CSU's defense has led the charge to this point in the season as they enter enemy territory as the No. 22 team in the nation in digs per set and No. 25 in opponent hitting percentage.
The hottest team in the Big South and the current No. 1 seed, High Point carries a 10-match win streak into the weekend as the Panthers also claim a 6-1 record inside the Millis Center. After a tough nonconference schedule that saw three top-10 opponents, High Point has gone 11-1 inside Big South play with their lone loss coming to third-place Winthrop.
In their last battle, CSU played well but fell short in a close, hard-fought 3-0 decision. Each of the first two sets came down to 25-21 and 25-23 scores before the Panthers generated some separation in the final frame. The CSU quartet of Brooke Monssen, Addison Kaderli, Caitlyn Michalski and Hannah Western accounted for 28 of the Bucs' 30 kills.
Since entering the Buc Dome at 4-0 and atop the Big South standings, Presbyterian has dropped six-straight matches entering Saturday's contest. The first came at the hands of CSU in a 3-2 thriller while the Blue Hose has dropped five since then.
Presbyterian is coming off a 3-1 loss to High Point Tuesday night as the Panthers outhit the Blue Hose .259 to .107. Lauren Talbert led the Presbyterian attack with 10 kills as well as a team-best seven digs defensively.
Madison Martin, Senior, Defensive Specialist
On the cusp of making history, senior defensive specialist Madison Martin sits just 30 digs from becoming the program's all-time leader. Martin sits 28th in the NCAA in digs per set (5.26) which is also good for second in the Big South. She turned in 34, tying a season high, in Saturday's loss to lead the CSU back line.
Molly Livingston, Senior, Middle Blocker
Senior Molly Livingston currently leads High Point with 2.82 kills per set and .360 hitting percentage. High Point boasts a high-octane offense with Livingston leading the charge with her Big South-leading hitting percentage while her kills per set sit fifth in the league. In their last matchup, Livingston was held in check with just four kills but added three blocks a service ace and a dig.
Erin Cooke, Freshman, Setter/Outside Hitter
Erin Cooke leads the Blue Hose with her 2.40 kills per set and was one of three Presbyterian athletes to collect double-doubles the last time they faced CSU. In that match, Cooke collected 11 kills and 11 digs to go along with 17 assists and a service ace.
Senior Madison Martin sits just 30 digs away from becoming CSU's leader in program history as she enters the weekend with 1,804 to her credit. Martin also set the single-season record her sophomore year with 665.
The Big South tournament is just around the corner as CSU closes their home slate next week when UNC Asheville, Winthrop and Gardner-Webb come to town. The weekend set against the Eagles and Runnin' Bulldogs will be the home finale for seniors Madison Martin, Addison Kaderli and Hannah Western.