Johnson City, Tenn. (October 21, 2003) - East Tennessee State used a record-breaking performance to sweep Chattanooga in Southern Conference volleyball action from Brooks Gym on Tuesday. Despite hitting just .235 as a team, the Buccaneers pounded home 62 kills on the evening, breaking a team record of 60 that was set back in 1992, as ETSU knocked off the Mocs by scores of 30-26, 30-27, and 30-23.
With the victory, ETSU redeems a 3-0 loss at Chattanooga back on Sept. 17. The Mocs, who came into the match tied with Appalachian State atop the north division standings, fall to 6-4 in league play and an even 11-11 overall. Meanwhile, ETSU (5-17, 3-7 SoCon) started the second half its conference schedule with a big win at home.
"It was a very important win, because it was an inter-division match up," said first-year head coach Lindsey Devine. "We came to compete tonight, and hopefully this will build some momentum and confidence."
Junior Karen Freeburg (New Castle, Ind.) paced the Buccaneers with 15 kills on the offensive end, while freshman Natalie Pittenger (Gaston, Ind.) picked up a career-high 28 digs. Freeburg also contributed 14 digs in recording one of two double-doubles for ETSU. The other belonged to sophomore Sara Scandiffio (Purcellville, Va.), who registered 14 kills and 14 digs to go along with a torrid .458 attack percentage.
"Sara came in and contributed in a big way," said Devine. "She had to step in at a very crucial time, and was right on her game, offensively and defensively. But tonight was just a total team effort."
Sophomore setter Kristi Robinson (Knoxville, Tenn.) was one assist shy of tying a school record for assists in a three-game match. Robinson tallied 56 assists on the night, which is just one short of Carey Cavanaugh's mark of 57 set back on Sept. 21, 2001.
Chattanooga's Kari Krouse led the Mocs with 14 kills and 16 digs. Krouse, the SoCon's all-time leader in service aces was held in check on the serving end, but made up for her lack of aces with a team-high six blocks. Kelley Smith totaled eight kills on 14 attacks and only one error, while racking up a hitting percentage of .500; however, the Mocs hit just .188 as a team in the loss.
The Mocs will follow ETSU down to Charleston, S.C. this weekend for a pair of conference matches against south division foes. ETSU will play at The Citadel on Friday, Oct. 24 and College of Charleston on Saturday, Oct. 25. Meanwhile, Chattanooga will play at The Citadel on Saturday, Oct. 25, before pairing up against the Cougars on Sunday, Oct. 26.