DAVIDSON, N.C. (November 22, 2002) - East Tennessee State fell to the College of Charleston, 3-0, Friday night in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament held in Davidson, N.C.
College of Charleston, who finished second in regular season play, dropped the Buccaneers in straight games, 30-16, 30-27, and 30-24. In the opening game, Charleston came out strong attacking the ball, finishing the game with an attacking percentage of .300 compared to the Buccaneers -.167.
In game two the lead traded hands several times, but Charleston took a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Game three was another tight battle, as ETSU led on several occasions. Charleston's Tara Greene led the way, hitting .320 for the game.
Katie Ralph (Seattle, Wash.) and freshman of the year Nicole Ryan (Etiwanda, Calif.) led the Buccaneers with six kills apiece. Renee Vesey (Paw Paw, Mich.) tallied 23 assists for the match.
Greene led Charleston with 13 kills. All SoCon selection Mary Sabatino had 35 assists and 19 digs on the day.
The Buccaneers end their season 8-23 overall, while the Cougars (27-5) advance to face the winner of Davidson/Appalachian State.