ROCK HILL, SC – Looking to solidify its Big South tournament position, the Winthrop volleyball team hits the road for the final time in conference play this year as the Eagles face Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina this weekend.
The Eagles are 12-11 overall and 3-6 in conference play. With only five games left in the conference schedule, the Eagles currently sit ninth in the Big South standings, only a half game out of the eighth and final tournament spot.
Winthrop is coming off a big come-from-behind victory over the Liberty Flames last Saturday. The Eagles dropped the first two sets to the Flames before rebounding to take the next three for the victory.
Charleston Southern will host the Eagles on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Buccaneers, who host Presbyterian Friday, enter the weekend with a 6-19 overall record and a 0-9 mark in the Big South. Winthrop defeated Charleston Southern 3-0 earlier this season inside the Winthrop Coliseum.
Katrina Houston leads the Bucs with 211 kills while Erin Lavenice has recorded 178 kills and leads the team with a .306 attack percentage. Lavenice also leads the team in blocks with 88 total blocks this season. Cassidy Greer is the team’s primary setter, averaging 8.25 assists per set.
The Eagles will face Coastal Carolina in Conway, SC on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Chanticleers are currently second in the conference with a 6-3 mark in the Big South and a 13-10 overall record. Coastal will entertain Presbyterian Saturday evening. Coastal defeated Winthrop 3-1 earlier this season.
As a team the Chanticleers are second in the Big South in hitting percentage with a .213 team average. Coastal’s Kindra Bailey leads the Big South with a .349 average. Gabriella Horvath leads the team with 232 kills. Lauren Alejo is the team’s primary setter, averaging just shy of nine assists per set this season.
Winthrop will return home next weekend for two contests. The Eagles will host Gardner-Webb on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by UNC Asheville Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday’s contest will be Homecoming and is a double-header with the men’s basketball team who will play at 4 p.m.