Furman volleyball rallies to take five-game thriller over ETSU
Kristi Robinson (left) tallied 71 assists against Furman on Wednesday, just one assist shy of tying an ETSU record.
Kristi Robinson (left) tallied 71 assists against Furman on Wednesday, just one assist shy of tying an ETSU record.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Johnson City, Tenn. (October 15, 2003) -- East Tennessee State's volleyball team held a 2-0 advantage over Furman in Southern Conference volleyball action Wednesday night, but the visiting Lady Paladins went on to win 20-30, 27-30, 39-37, 30-27, and 15-11 in a five-game thriller from Brooks Gym. ETSU, which falls to 4-16 on the season and 2-6 in league play, hit a torrid .452 in game one, while the Paladins were held to a .138 clip on 11 attack errors. Furman (12-12, 7-3 SoCon) hit much better in game two (.364); however, the Buccaneers escaped with the win and had the momentum going into the break. The lead changed hands nine different times in game three, but a kill by the Lady Paladins Ally Hock and an ETSU attack error gave Furman the eventual 39-37 victory. The win proved to be the turning point in the match as Furman posted come-from-behind heroics in game four and the decisive game five. Sophomore setter Kristi Robinson(Knoxville, Tenn.) tallied 71 assists, which was just two assists shy of breaking an ETSU record that has stood for 10 years. Freshman Kelsey Sherich (Ogallala, Neb.) also pitched in her fair share of offense with a team and career-high 23 kills. Defensively, ETSU out-blocked the Lady Paladins 11-9, as senior middle blocker Lissa Allen (Palm Bay, Fla.) was credited with six blocks. Allen also finished with 16 kills in match, followed by 15 kills from fellow senior Kate Steidle (Waynesboro, Va.) and 12 kills from Karen Freeburg (New Castle, Ind.). Freshman Natalie Pittenger (Gaston, Ind.) posted a team-high 16 digs. Furman boasted five separate players who finished with double figures in kills. Leading the way was Hock, who registered a double-double with a grand total of 24 kills and 11 digs, followed by 15 kills from Julia Fredrickson. Whiney Purser ended up with 14 kills, while Liz Hilliker and Caitlin White tallied 13 and 10 kills, respectively. Rosey Cashman ended the evening with a team-high 15 digs, and was one of three Lady Paladins to reach double figures in that category. Molly Rybak also recorded a double-double with 66 assists and 12 digs. East Tennessee State will have a few days to lick its wounds, but must be ready again on Sunday, Oct. 19, when Wofford comes into town. The match versus the Terriers is set to begin at 1 p.m. in Brooks Gym. Meanwhile, Furman continues its road stretch with an Oct. 18, match-up in Chattanooga.
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MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
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MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Indiana State University 76
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 26, 12:00 p.m. Indiana University 97
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Huntsville, Ala.
Dec 6, 6:00 p.m. Alabama A&M University
MBB UNC Greensboro Freedom Hall
Dec 13, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB Eastern Kentucky University Johnson City, Tenn.
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WBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
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MBB ETSU Richmond, Ky.
Dec 16, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky
WBB ETSU Wilmington, N.C.
Dec 19, 11:30 a.m. University of North Carolina Wilmington