NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 18, 2005) - The East Tennessee State volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Friday, as the Lady Bucs fell to Belmont, 3-1, in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament, in Curb Event Center. Jennifer Sartor (Toronto, Ontario) paced ETSU with a 14-kill, 19-dig effort, while teammate Callie Kiselich (Colorado Springs, Colo.) added 12 kills and 14 digs.
The Lady Bucs end the season at 18-14 overall, as Belmont improves to 20-14, and advances to the second round of tourney, where it is set to meet second-seeded Jacksonville.
The Bruins shot out to a 3-0 lead in the game two, before Sara Scadiffio (Purcellville, Va.) connected on a kill to put the Bucs on the board. The Lady Bucs would score three in-a-row, to tie the score. ETSU got its first lead of the day at 5-4, on a service ace by Sartor. A block solo by Kiselich, put the Bucs ahead again at 6-5. A block solo by Jennifer Emerson (Santa Clara, Calif.) put ETSU up by a pair. Emerson also had 44 assists on the day, putting her over 1,000 dishes for the season at 1,005.
The Bucs would earn a three-point lead at 16-13, capped off with block assists by Scandiffio and Kiselich. A kill from Belmont's Jaye Schuler, brought the Bruins back within two but a kill from Scandiffio brought the margin back to three. The Lady Bucs would then go up four at 18-14, behind a kill from Palmer.
The Bruins got within two in the next several points, before a block solo by Scandiffio netted ETSU its biggest lead of the set at 26-21. But the Bruins refused to go down easily, pulling back with one at 28-27. A kill by Sarah Buhr (Stockton, Calif.) put the Lady Bucs within a point of the win, before an attack error by Belmont's Lindsay Cleveland gave ETSU the 30-27 victory.
Kiselich paced the Lady Bucs with 10 kills in the first two frames, hitting .500 going into game three. The sophomore already had a double-double with two games gone by, adding 10 digs.
Belmont came out of the halftime break on the attack, taking an early 7-0 lead in game three. A quick kill by Sartor following an ETSU timeout, put the Lady Bucs on the board, but the Bruin onslaught continued as BU lead by as many as nine early. The Bruins would eventually roll out to a 12-point lead, the largest deficit of the match for the Lady Bucs. A kill by Belmont's Katie Tobiasz guaranteed the 30-20 win. Cleveland led all hitters with five kills in the set.
The Lady Bucs awakened early in game four, starting with a 4-1 advantage. The lead would be short lived, however, as Belmont rebounded, going ahead 5-4, and would extend the early lead to 9-5, before ETSU called timeout. BU would lead by as many as 10 in the set, eventually winning 30-18.
The Bruins took advantage of playing at home early, handing ETSU a 30-25 defeat in game one. Belmont led by as many as five points early in frame, but the Lady Bucs would fight back to come within one at 12-11, but the Bruins responded scoring seven of the next eight points, extending its lead to seven, at 19-12, leading to a ETSU timeout. The one point deficit would be as close as the Lady Bucs would get in the set.
The Bruins didn't relent after the breather, making the score 21-12, before the Lady Bucs were able to get on the board again. But again, ETSU points were few and far between as the Bruins managed a nine-point lead at 23-14.
ETSU got a rally going on the heels of two kills and a block solo by Sartor, inching within six at 24-18. The Lady Bucs would eventually come within four at 26-22, thanks to an attack error by Belmont's Sara Jacobson.
Belmont's Erin Jansen was the top hitter in the frame at .545, tallying seven kills. Junior Crystal Palmer (Chico, Calif.) led ETSU five of her 10 kills in the game, followed by Kiselich with four. The Bruins out-hit the Lady Bucs .348 to .273.
Belmont's Janson led all hitters with 18 kills on the afternoon, while Cleveland added 15. Setter Colleen Nilson contributed a match-best 60 assists.