JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (September 28, 2011) – The ETSU volleyball team, fresh off a sweep against USC Upstate in its Atlantic Sun opener last Tuesday, continues conference play with matches against Belmont and Lipscomb this weekend in Nashville, Tenn.
The Bucs open the weekend against Belmont inside the Curb Event Center on Friday at 8:15 p.m. (EDT) ETSU will then head across town to face Lipscomb on Saturday at 3 p.m. (EDT) inside Allen Arena.
Heading into the weekend, ETSU sits at 7-8 overall and a perfect 1-0 in Atlantic Sun Conference play. The Bucs have now opened A-Sun play with a victory in three consecutive seasons, tying Lipscomb for the longest streak in the league.
ETSU opened up conference play at home last Tuesday with a 3-0 victory against USC Upstate. The Bucs were led by sophomore Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) with 13 kills and nine digs, while freshman Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) added nine kills, four digs, three service aces and a block.
The Bucs continue to be dominant across the frontline as they lead the Atlantic Sun in blocks with 2.36 per set. ETSU ranks in the top half of the conference in every other statistical category.
Individually, senior Jamie Stancliff (Advance, N.C.) continues to lead the league in blocks at 1.31 per contest. Helping her cause is three matches with double-digit block totals, which is the most by an A-Sun student-athlete since Jacksonville's Melissa Merchant tallied three double-digit matches in 2007 - two of which came in league play. Stancliff is the only student-athlete in the league to post a single double-digit block match so far this season. In addition, Devine ranks second in the A-Sun in both kills (4.26) and points (4.68).
For fans unable to attend the matches this weekend, live video and live stats will be available for both matches. Live video for each match will be shown on ASun.TV for a fee. Meanwhile, free live stats will be available for the Belmont match at BelmontBruins.com and the Lipscomb match at LipscombSports.com.
Scouting the Opponents
Belmont enters Friday’s match with a conference leading 11-6 overall record on the season, including a perfect 2-0 mark in A-Sun play. The Bruins most recently defeated Mercer and Kennesaw State to open up conference play last weekend. Belmont is led by Maggie Johnson as she leads the A-Sun in both kills (4.61) and points (5.01). Meanwhile, sophomore Jamie Lundstrum lead the league in digs (4.98), Hannah Miranda leads the conference in assists (10.95) and Jen Myer leads the A-Sun and the NCAA in service aces (0.82). As a team, Belmont leads the A-Sun in assists, service aces and digs. ETSU is 3-6 all-time against Belmont, but last season the Bucs defeated the Bruins 3-2 in Johnson City.
Lipscomb enters Friday’s match with a 7-6 overall record on the season, including a perfect 2-0 mark in A-Sun play. The Bisons most recently defeated Mercer and Kennesaw State to open up conference play last weekend. Kaycee Green leads the Lipscomb attack with 3.85 kills per set, putting her third in the league in kills. Lauren Ford and Katie Rose also rank among the top-15 in the A-Sun in kills. As a team, Lipscomb leads the A-Sun in kills (13.43) and hitting percentage (.227). Lipscomb has won 37 straight A-Sun matches, which dates back to the 2008 season and is the longest in the nation. Lipscomb posted undefeated conference records in 2010 (10-0) and 2009 (20-0) and won the final five matches in 2008. Lipscomb’s last loss came at the hands of Belmont on Oct. 28, 2008 in the Curb Event Center, 3-2. ETSU is 4-8 all-time against Lipscomb, which includes two losses to the Bisons last season. The Bucs dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to Lipscomb in the Atlantic Sun Championship final.
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