The Bulldogs (10-9, 3-3 BSC) look to break a two-game losing streak on Friday. Asheville has not played since a disappointing loss at Gardner-Webb last Friday night, 3-0.
"We're glad we've had some time off as we've had some injuries that needed to heal," commented first-year coach Frederico Santos. "Hopefully, we can play a little better than we did at Gardner-Webb. These are two big matches for us."
Asheville has been on the road for most of the season. The Bulldogs have played just four matches in the friendly confines of Justice Center. After this weekend, Asheville will finish the season by playing four of its final six matches at home.
"We're looking forward to playing the majority of our matches to end the regular season at home," declared Santos. "That's a reason why these matches are so important this weekend. We need to win as many as we can on the road to build some momentum for the final part of the year."
Coastal Carolina (8-15, 2-5 BSC) has been a real nemesis for the Bulldogs over the past few years. The Chanticleers have won eight of the last nine meetings between the games. Asheville has not won at Coastal Carolina since the 2006 season.
Asheville and Charleston Southern (4-18, 1-6 BSC) have a great rivalry over the years. Four of the last six matches have gone five sets. Last season, the Bulldogs posted two close victories over the Lady Bucs in the regular season. However, CSU blasted Asheville in the Big South Conference Tournament in three sets.
"It's my first year back but I remember during my days as an assistant we always had tough matches with Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern," stated Santos. "I expect the same type of matches this weekend. Both Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern are getting better and will be tough to beat on the road."
Cindi Miller has 1,315 career kills and is in eighth place on the school's all-time career list for kills. She needs just three to move into seventh place, past Kelly Budnik (1,317).
Miller leads the Big South Conference in kills with a 3.62 per set average. Sophomore Jaimie Dorfman is second in the league in service aces with a 0.37 average.
The Bulldogs are 11-8 in BSC road matches over the past three seasons.
Asheville is 3-0 in five-set matches this year.