RADFORD, Va. (September 4, 2010) - ETSU got out to quick starts in each set to help down Norfolk State 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-15) in the final match of the Radford Invitational. The Bucs finished the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record.
With the victory, the Bucs move to 4-3 on the season while Norfolk State falls to 3-5 on the year.
ETSU out hit Norfolk State .286 to -.110 for the match, while the Bucs had nine blocks compared to just two for NSU.
In the first set, the Bucs jumped out to a quick 5-1 advantage. Jamie Stancliff (Advance, N.C.) and Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) led the early run. Stancliff had a service ace while Devine provided a kill. Stancliff went on to record four service aces during the set including a string of three in a row near the end of the frame.
The impressive play of Stancliff earned her tournament MVP honors while Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) was named to the all-tournament team after a solid performance as well. This is the second consecutive tournament that Cogburn has been named to an all-tournament team. She earned all-tournament honors last week at the season opening Deacon Invitational.
Devine led the Bucs offensively as she recorded a game-high seven kills to go along with five digs and four blocks. Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) dished out a game-high 19 assists. Lauren Baufield (Plymouth, Minn.) led the way defensively with eight digs while also adding four service aces to tie a game high with Stancliff.
In the final set, ETSU used a run of six straight points on two different occasions to help take the set and the match.
The Bucs jumped out to an early 9-1 lead in the second set thanks to an Erin Ryan (Davie, Fla.) kill and a service ace and the run was capped by Devine kill. ETSU closed out the set with seven straight points and was capped by a kill from Chantel Pate (Nashville, Tenn.).
The tournament title for the Bucs was their first since 2001 when they won the title at the Winthrop Invitational. The Bucs knocked off Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Winthrop in the season opening tournament that year.
ETSU will head home for the Buccaneer Classic next Friday and Saturday at Brooks Gym. The Bucs will face Austin Peay, UNC Greensboro and UNC Asheville.