Thursday, October 21, 2010
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Oct. 20, 2010) -The ETSU volleyball team earned a 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-17) sweep of Wofford in non-conference volleyball action at Ben Johnson Arena, Wednesday night.
ETSU moves to 19-6 (4-1 A-Sun) with the victory, while Wofford falls to 12-14 (2-6 SoCon) with the loss. The Bucs finished the match with a .252 attack percentage while limiting the Terriers to a .191 efficiency on the night.
"We got off to a slow start in that first set, but we quickly found our rhythm and maintained it through much of the match," said ETSU head coach Lindsey Devine. "I thought we had a nice balanced attack tonight."
Freshman outside hitter Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) led the way for the Bucs with 15 kills on the night. Alysa Long (Romulus, Mich.) also finished in double figures as she had 11 kills in 21 attempts for a .381 attack percentage. Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) racked up 37 assists while Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Fla.) had a game-high 22 digs to lead the ETSU defense. Lauren Baufield (Plymouth, Minn.) finished with nine kills, five digs, and three assists.
In the opening set, both teams traded points until Wofford took a 9-8 lead that grew to a 12-8 advantage following a Stacy Byrd kill. The Bucs battled back to win the next three points to close the lead to one. Then, with the score knotted at 15, ETSU rattled off four in a row to take the 19-15 lead. The Bucs maintained their lead the rest of the way as they took the set 25-20. Devine, Baufield, and Stancliff combined for 12 kills in the set. Stancliff came away with four kills on four attempts without an error in the set.The Bucs outhit the Terriers .243-.174 in the frame.
Wofford was in control for much of the second set as they led by as much as four. With the Terriers up 20-17, ETSU went on a 5-0 thanks to three kills from Long. After Wendy Burnett of Wofford tied the match at 25, the Bucs benefitted from two straight Wofford attack errors to win the set 26-24. Long led the way for the Bucs with six kills on ten attempts for a .400 attack efficiency, while Devine had five kills for the second straight set.
ETSU jumped out to a quick advantage in the third set as they led by as much as 10 points. They maintained the lead throughout to take the set 25-17, which also closed out the match.
The Bucs continue their break from conference action as they host Big South member Presbyterian on Saturday afternoon at Brooks Gym. The first serve is set for 2 p.m.
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