"This is second match in a row that we have blocked well," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "That is definitely a carry over from practice, and a team understanding of how practice can make us better in games. We played very focused and aggressive volleyball. The support from the bench really pushed the people out on the court to play to the team's level of expectation."
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ETSU jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead in the first set, but the Bears rallied back to tie the set at 11-all. The Bucs regained the lead on a couple kills by Ryan, and held on to win the set on a Ryan kill, 25-22.
In the second set, play was back and forth until the Bucs used a 5-1 run to take a 17-13 advantage. Mercer came back using a 5-1 run of its own to tie the set, 18-18. ETSU couldn't pull away late in the set as the Bears tied the match six times down the stretch. With the score tied 25-all the Bucs got a big kill from Alysa Long (
The Bucs came out hot in the third set again jumping out to an early lead. ETSU used a 5-2 run to take a five-point advantage, 13-8. Mercer cut the Buccaneer lead to 13-10, but wouldn't come any closer as the Bucs closed out the match on a block by Cogburn and Barber to win the set 25-18.
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