JOHNSON CITY, TENN. (Oct. 17, 2004) - The ETSU volleyball squad suffered their first loss in three games today falling to the College of Charleston Cougars 0-3 (30-19, 30-28, 30-22) in action at Brooks Gymnasium. College of Charleston extends a nine-game winning streak with the win over the Lady Bucs taking their record to 16-5, 8-1 in Southern Conference play. With the loss, ETSU moves to 4-15, 3-6 in SoCon play.
The Cougars dominated today's match from the start taking a quick 12-4 lead behind the service of right-side hitter Rebecca Wieters. ETSU never found their offensive attack hitting just .020 for the game compared to the .186 hitting percentage of the visiting Cougars. College of Charleston won game one with a 30-19 tally. In game two the Lady Bucs battled point-for-point with the Cougar offense keeping the score close at 17-17 before College of Charleston extended the lead to 27-23 and closed the game 30-28. Game two proved the best offensive performance on the afternoon for the Bucs hitting .255 behind the service of ETSU setter Brittany Kessel (Libertyville, Ill.).
With a much needed win in game three, ETSU came out firing again matching the Cougars offense point-for-point. After Wieters served the Cougars to seven straight points, ETSU was never able to rebound and lost game three 30-22 and the match 0-3.
For the afternoon, Jennifer Sartor (Toronto, Canada) had a match-high 14 kills while senior outside hitter Karen Freeburg (New Castle, Ind.) managed 11 kills and 11 digs for the afternoon. Kessel finished the match with 33 assists while Cougar setter Kaycie Carr also posted 33 assists and 11 digs for the contest. College of Charleston dominated on the defensive side of the net as well, out-blocking ETSU with an 8.0 to 3.0 tally. Both teams struggled from the service stripe as ETSU posted nine service errors and the visiting Cougars managed 10 service errors for the afternoon.
ETSU will be on the road for eight straight matches beginning next weekend as they travel to Furman (Oct. 23) and Wofford (Oct. 24) continuing Southern Conference action. As always, check www.ETSUBucs.com for scores and updates.