Greensboro, N.C. (October 11, 2002) -- East Tennessee State's volleyball team lost its third consecutive five-game match as the Buccaneers fell to UNC Greensboro 3-2 on Friday night.
Freshman setter Kristi Robinson (Knoxville, Tenn.) was only three assists short of tying an ETSU single-match record with 69, but the Spartans won a pivotal game five, 15-12, to improve their overall record to 4-17 (2-7 SoCon), while the Lady Bucs fall to 5-12 overall and 3-6 in the Southern Conference.
UNCG opened game one with an 8-1 advantage before East Tennessee State regrouped to close the gap to two points at 17-19, forcing a Spartan timeout. After the short break, UNCG pushed the lead to 21-17 en route to the 30-27 game one victory.
Game two started with the two teams trading points--the Bucs took the advantage at 12-11 on an assisted block by Lissa Allen (Palm Bay, Fla.) and Sara Scandiffio (Purcellville, Va.). The Spartans responded by regaining the lead 16-15 on a kill by Kim Dayton. However, the lead would not hold as ETSU managed to fight back to edge UNCG in game two, 31-29.
The Bucs started quickly in game three, jumping out to a 13-10 lead, forcing another UNCG timeout. After this timeout, however, the Spartans were unable to rally as ETSU took game three 30-24.
Facing elimination in game four the Spartans played some of their best volleyball of the match. UNCG went up 7-5 after a kill by Holly Long. UNCG cruised from that point pushing the lead to 18-11 and eventually taking the match 30-23.
In game five, ETSU went on a late run to come within one point, 12-11, but UNCG refused to relinquish the lead. The Spartans won gave five, 15-12 on an assisted block by Dawn Bright and Kim Dayton.
ETSU had five players record double figures in kills led by Nicole Ryan (Etiwanda, Calif.), who had 18 kills and 15 digs. Kate Steidle (Waynesboro, Va.) added 17 kills and a team-high 19 digs, while Meghan Connolly (Solon, Ohio) registered 16 kills and 10 digs. ETSU outblocked their opponent 9-8.
The Buccaneers are in action tomorrow when they travel to Davidson. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.