JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- The East Tennessee State Buccaneer volleyball team defeated the Wofford Lady Terriers 3-1 (21-30, 30-17, 30-24, 30-25) in an exciting Southern Conference volleyball match Sunday afternoon from Brooks Gym in Johnson City.
The win is the Bucs' (17-3, 12-3 Souther Conference) third straight, and concludes their home schedule with a sparkling 10-1 record.
Wofford (14-12, 6-9 SoCon) looked to spoil senior day by jumping out to an early lead in game one. After the two teams traded points to start the game, Wofford opened up a 7-4 lead and never looked back, expanding the advantage to as many as nine at 18-9 before winning the first stanza, 30-21.
The Bucs were equally dominant in game two. ETSU jumped out to a 6-2 lead that steadily grew to as many as 13 on two occasions, including the final score, 30-17.
ETSU held a seemingly comfortable 20-14 lead late in game three, but the Lady Terriers would quickly cut the lead to 20-16. The Bucs would then go on a quick 4-1 run of their own to take their lead to 24-17. ETSU would hold on to win game three 30-24.
Game four was a another close affair, although it did not seem that it would from the beginning. The Bucs opened up a 10-2 advantage to begin the game. They would expand that lead to 11 on two occasions late in the game. The Lady Terriers would then go on a run, cutting the lead to as few as four at 29-25. But the Terriers did not have enough time as they Bucs won the next point to take game four and the match 30-25. Fittingly, the final point was a kill from senior Amber Ciskowski (Phoenix, Ariz.), assisted by senior Carey Cavanaugh (Munroe Falls, Ohio).
The Bucs were led by Cavanaugh, who had a match-high 49 assists and also added eight digs and five kills. Freshman outside hitter Natalie Atzinger (Louisville, Ky.) led the Bucs with 16 kills against just two errors for a .519 hitting percentage. Two ETSU players registered double-doubles on the day, Ciskowski with 12 kills and 14 digs and sophomore outside hitter Kate Steidle (Waynesboro, Va.) with 10 kills and 17 digs. Sophomore Jessica Miller (Knoxville, Tenn.) recorded a career-high with five aces for ETSU.
Wofford was led by junior outside hitter Janna Webb, who had 15 kills and seven digs. Sophomore outside hitter Andrea Duke had a double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs. Junior setter Molly Bushong led the Lady Terriers with 37 assists and added 11 digs and four kills.
The Bucs will now play their last five regular-season matches on the road, beginning with a match on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. against The Citadel. The Lady Terriers' next match is also against The Citadel, Tuesday night at 7 p.m. from Charleston, S.C.