ETSU volleyball begins 2004 campaign, prepares for Auburn
<b>Senior Karen Freeburg and the Lady Bucs begin the 2004 season tomorrow night versus Auburn</b>
Senior Karen Freeburg and the Lady Bucs begin the 2004 season tomorrow night versus Auburn

Thursday, September 02, 2004

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. (Sep. 2, 2004) - The Lady Bucs volleyball squad will begin the 2004 season tomorrow when they travel to Auburn, Ala. to face the host Tigers in the Mizuno/Auburn Challenge. ETSU will also face Iowa State and Birmingham Southern at the two-day event to conclude on Saturday. Auburn compiled a 10-18 record during the 2003 season competing in the highly talented Southeastern Conference. The Tigers will return five athletes from last year's squad and welcome four freshmen to the 2004 roster. Returning for AU will be their top attacker, Ashlee Johns, who posted a 3.90 kills per game average, as well as their top defensive specialist Julie Bosler who managed 89 total blocks last year. The Tigers are coached by Laura Farina who enters her third season at the helm of the AU program. Head coach Lindsey Devine returns four starters and a total of six letterwinners from the 2003 squad who went 9-22 with a trip to the Southern Conference championship tournament last November. Karen Freeburg (New Castle, Ind.), the team's lone senior and co-captain, will lead ETSU in becoming a tough conference contender during the 2004 season. Natalie Pittenger (Gaston, Ind.), a sophomore libero for the Lady Bucs, also carries co-captain honors this season. "We are so excited to have the opportunity to step onto the court this weekend and face tough competition while also seeing our team really come together. We have worked extremely hard throughout the preseason weeks and this weekend will be a great start to our season," Devine said. Sara Scandiffio (Purcellville, Va.) will bring a strong defensive presence to the net for the Bucs after posting 54 total blocks and 146 kills last year. Brittany Kessel (Libertyville, Ill.) joins the 2004 squad, a transfer from Kent State University, Kessel will step into the setter position this season after a successful freshman campaign where she posted 38 assists and seven kills in 42 games played for the Golden Flashes. Freshmen Michelle Mislan (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Callie Kiselich (Colorado Springs, Co.) will play major roles throughout the 2004 squad as well as Katie Longden (Fort Dodge, Iowa) a transfer from Iowa Central Community College. Follow the Lady Bucs volleyball squad on www.ETSUBucs.com throughout the weekend for updated scores and game stories.
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WSOC Radford 2 F
Aug 22 ETSU 3
MSOC ETSU 1 F
Aug 23 Virginia Tech (Exh.) 0
WSOC ETSU 5 F
Aug 24 Tennessee Tech 1
WSOC Appalachian St. Johnson City, Tenn.
Aug 28, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MCC Covered Bridge Open Boone, N.C.
Aug 29
WCC Covered Bridge Open Boone, N.C.
Aug 29
VB ETSU Charlotte, N.C.
Aug 29, 9:00 a.m. Morgan State University
VB ETSU Charlotte, N.C.
Aug 29, 5:00 p.m. California State University, Sacramento
MSOC ETSU Richmond, Va.
Aug 29, 7:00 p.m. William & Mary
VB ETSU Charlotte, N.C.
Aug 30, 12:00 p.m. UNC Charlotte
WSOC Campbell Johnson City, Tenn.
Aug 31, 1:00 p.m. ETSU
MSOC ETSU Richmond, Va.
Aug 31, 3:30 p.m. VCU
WSOC South Carolina St. Johnson City. Tenn.
Sep 2, 6:00 p.m. ETSU
WSOC Alabama A&M Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 4, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
VB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Sep 5, 3:00 p.m. The College of William and Mary
VB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Sep 5, 7:00 p.m. George Mason University
VB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Sep 6, 12:00 p.m. University of Maryland