WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - ETSU volleyball earned its first victory of 2010 as they swept defending Big South champion, Coastal Carolina, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18), in the final match of the Deacon Invitational on Saturday evening at Reynolds Gym.
With the victory, ETSU moves to 1-2 on the season while Coastal Carolina drops to 0-3 after dropping all three matches at the tournament.
"I was very pleased with the way we played this weekend because we continually improved our play with each match," said ETSU Head Volleyball Coach Lindsey Devine. "Our solid play was a reinforcement of what we have shown in practice over the last couple of weeks."
In the first set, both teams traded blows with three early ties but after the score was tied 6-6, ETSU gradually pulled away after winning the next four points. The Chants came to within one at 17-16, but that was as close as they would get with the Bucs taking the first set 25-20. Jamie Stancliff (Advance, N.C.) and McKayla Barber (Columbus, Ind.) paced the Bucs offensively in the opening set as Stancliff totaled two kills, two blocks, and an ace, while Barber had three kills and a block. Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) continued her steady play over the weekend as she dished out 10 assists to go along with a kill in the opening frame.
Cogburn finished the night with 26 assists to go with three kills and two blocks. For her efforts she was named to the Deacon Invitational All-Tournament Team. Junior Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) continued her solid play at the libero position as she finished with a match high 16 digs. She finished the tournament with a team high 36 digs.
The second set was even closer than the first with 15 ties, but Coastal could never get ahead enough to put the set away. Both teams went point for point several times, but at 23-23, the Bucs won the final two points to take a two set lead. Barber again paced the Bucs in the second set as she finished with three kills, three blocks, and an ace.
Looking to keep the match alive, the Chanticleers battled in the third set, but their effort was not enough as ETSU's offense was too strong, giving the Bucs the match win. Stancliff came up big again as she totaled three kills, two aces and a block in the final frame. She led the Bucs with seven kills, three service aces, and four blocks for the match.
The Bucs won the battle at the net, posting 17 total blocks to the Chants eight and both teams were held to under a .100 attack percentage.
ETSU will head home for the first time on Tuesday night as they will welcome in Appalachian State for a 7 p.m. showdown inside Brooks Gym.