NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 21, 2005) - Despite a season-high 18 kills from junior Jennifer Sartor (Toronto, Ontario), the East Tennessee State volleyball team fell to Lipscomb, 3-1, on Friday evening in Allen Arena. The Lady Bucs started strong, winning game one, 31-29, but the Lady Bisons answered, taking three-straight games, 30-24, 30-23, 30-28. ETSU drops to 15-8, 2-3 in Atlantic Sun action, while Lipscomb improves to 10-14, 5-1 in Conference.
Sartor caught fire in game one, belting nine kills on 15 attempts, hitting .467 for the frame. The Lady Bucs shot out to the early 4-0 lead, behind two kills from Sartor and one by fellow junior Brittany Kessel (Libertyville, Ill.). ETSU would widen its lead to as many as six points, as the Lady Bucs took a 7-1 lead on a service ace by freshman Jayme Barnes (Memphis, Tenn.).
The Lady Bisons fought back and tied the score at 8-8, led by three kills by Lipscomb's Lindsey Rutherford, who tallied 15 kills on the evening. The teams played neck-and-neck the rest of the way, as neither team could open up a lead of more than three points. Sartor gave ETSU the chance to win with a kill on an assist from Jennifer Emerson (Santa Clara, Calif.), making the score 29-28. Rutherford kept Lipscomb alive with a kill to knot the score at 29, but Sarah Buhr (Stockton, Calif.) answered with back-to-back kills, both on sets from Kessel, ending the frame, 31-29.
"It was a tough loss," said head coach Lindsey Devine from the road. "We need to be more consistent and execute at key moments. Those are the things we're failing to do right now."
Buhr contributed a double-double on the night, including 15 kills and 11 digs, while Callie Kiselich (Colorado Springs, Colo.) also posted double figures in two categories, with 10 kills and 18 digs. Emerson led the Lady Bucs in assists with 27, along with 15 digs. Kessel was right behind with 25 and 13.
Lipscomb's Cara Wilber was the top hitter for the match, tallying 21 kills. Rutherford and Alex Scruggs added 15 and 11, respectively. Ann Mullins led the way defensively with a match-high 22 digs, while teammate Samantha Sullivan posted 45 assists.
ETSU threatened in game four, fighting back to tie the score at 26-all, on an ace by Buhr, after trailing by as many as six points early in the frame. The Lady Bisons would once again gain a two-point lead, before a kill from Crystal Palmer (Chico, Calif.) brought the Lady Bucs back within one, 28-27. An error by Wilber would knot the score at 28, but Lipscomb pulled away with a Scruggs and a miscue by Sartor.
Game four was the best hitting output for the Lady Bucs, who hit .237 for the frame, just behind Lipscomb's .244. Lipscomb hit .181 for the match, while holding ETSU to .127.
The Lady Bucs will look to rebound from their three-match road losing streak, as they continue their A-Sun road trip tomorrow afternoon, as the take on Belmont, also in Nashville, Tenn., at 2 p.m. CDT.