JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 21, 2013) – The ETSU volleyball team opens a three-match homestand Tuesday night when the Bucs host Mercer at 6 p.m., inside Brooks Gym.
After playing 18 of their first 21 games on the road, the Bucs wrap up the regular season schedule playing seven of the last nine inside Brooks Gym – a place where the Blue and Gold have won nine straight and 13 of their last 14.
Overall, ETSU has won 10 of its last 11 matches and are tied for the Atlantic Sun lead at 14-7, 8-1. Meanwhile, Tuesday is “Bucs Backing Bucs” night, so ETSU student-athletes are strongly encouraged to attend the conference match.
LAST TIME OUT
- Despite dropping the first two sets last Saturday at North Florida, ETSU rallied past the Ospreys for a thrilling five-set victory.
- Senior outside hitter Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) broke the all-time A-Sun kills record on Saturday as she surpassed Lipscomb’s Alex Kelly for the conference mark. Devine, who finished with a double-double (21 kills/14 digs), has registered 1,761 kills in 121 career matches.
- Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.) also posted a double-double as the junior setter finished with a career-high 65 assists and 10 digs, while fellow junior Katie Muey (Alexandria, Ind.) reached a personal milestone in the victory. Muey totaled a match-high 17 digs en route to recording No. 1,000 for her career, marking the second consecutive season a Buccaneer player has reached the 1,000-dig club.
- As a team, ETSU posted 75 kills, 72 assists, 62 digs and 16 blocks, which marked season highs in kills, assists and blocks.
- Since defeating Jacksonville State back on Aug. 30, Mercer has dropped 18 straight matches and sit 1-19, 0-10 on the season.
- The Bears most recently suffered a five-set loss to conference rival Kennesaw State last Saturday in Macon, Ga. Freshman outside hitter Ellie James finished with 17 kills and 14 digs, while freshman libero/defensive specialist Tori Penrod also posted a double-double in the losing effort. Penrod added 19 assists and 10 digs.
- Mercer ranks fourth in the conference in digs per set (14.9), but the Bears are being out-hit, .259 to .127, on the campaign.
- The Bucs lead the all-time series, 10-5, and have won seven of the last nine matches, including a four-set win at Mercer last month.
- In last month’s win, head coach Lindsey Devine recorded career victory No. 172, becoming the all-time winningest coach in program history, while Rutledge notched her 2,000th career assist. In addition, Megan Devine finished with 19 kills and 20 digs, and junior Ivey Rice (Johnson City, Tenn.) totaled 11 kills and 15 digs. As a team, ETSU out-blocked the Bears, 15-2, and tallied six service aces.
- In six career matches against Mercer, Devine is averaging 4.05 kills and 3.82 digs per set, while Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) has registered a .349 (51-13-109) attack percentage and is averaging 1.22 blocks per set in five career matches.
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- Along with breaking the all-time A-Sun kills record, Devine is nearing the top-five dig leaders in ETSU history. Devine, who has 1,333 digs, is 55 shy of passing Kaena Apana (2006-07) for fifth all-time.
- Devine, now the all-time A-Sun and ETSU leader in kills, ranks second among active NCAA Division I players in kills with 1,761.
- Meredith Hardy is 11 blocks shy of setting a new A-Sun all-time blocks record, which is currently held by Campbell’s Rachel Templin’s. In 86 career matches, Hardy has recorded 412 total blocks and a program-best 356 block assists. In addition, Hardy is 170 kills away from posting No. 1,000 for her career.
- Jamie Rutledge is also nearing the top-five ETSU leaders in career assists. In 74 career matches, Rutledge has 2,406 assists, and needs 138 assists to pass Nani Emerson (2005-06) for fifth.
- In her last 11 matches, Ivey Rice is averaging 3.05 kills and 2.43 digs per set for the Bucs. Rice has recorded double-digit kills eight times during this stretch.
- In its three home matches this season, ETSU is out-hitting the opposition, .282 to .089, while out-blocking them, 34 to 13. Meredith Hardy is averaging 3.44 kills and 2.11 blocks per set, along with hitting .553 (31-5-47) at home, and sophomore Khadijah Wiley (Columbus, Ga.) is hitting .394 (16-3-33).
- In the latest NCAA rankings (as of Sept. 21), Hardy’s 1.51 blocks per set rank sixth, Devine ranks 17th in both kills (4.5) and points per set (5.04), and Rutledge is 26th in assists per set (11.09).
- As a team, the Blue and Gold rank 23rd nationally in blocks per set (2.72), 38th in hitting percentage (.256) and 40th in assists per set (12.89).
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