The Bulldogs jumped out to the early 1-0 lead, notching a 30-27 win. ETSU rebounded with a convincing 30-20 victory, only to have UNCA answer with a 30-24 decision. The Lady Bucs returned the favor with a 30-27 win in game four, before the Bulldogs claimed match with a 15-10 win in the deciding frame.
"It's a disappointment," said ETSU head coach Lindsey Devine of the loss. "Now we need to learn from this and get ready for a tough conference game (Florida Atlantic) this weekend."
UNCA out-hit ETSU .237 to .195 for the match. The Lady Bucs tallied 94 digs to the Bulldogs' 91, in a tough defensive effort by both clubs. UNCA finished just ahead of ETSU in blocks, making 13.0 total stops to ETSU's 12.0.
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The Lady Bucs put up a 3-0 lead to start game five, but UNCA answered with three points of their own, tying the game at 3-3. Two Sartor kills and a block by Buhr and Sartor would put the Lady Bucs' lead by to three, but UNCA would rebound again, fighting back to even the score at seven.
A kill by Kiselich would give the Bucs the 8-7 lead, before Unlu fired back with a kill of her own, tying the game at eight. The Bulldogs snatched the momentum from there, winning seven of the final nine points, including a pair of kills by Lambert, to win the frame, 15-10.
UNCA's Rose Butler and Ashley Wrightenberry added 12 kills for the Bulldogs, with Amanda Wiles and Talia Ogle contributing 20 and 17 digs, respectively. Wiles handled the Bulldog offense, dishing out a match-best 47 assists.
The Lady Bucs head south for a pair of game this weekend, with Atlantic Sun foe Florida Atlantic scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m., and Florida International on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 12 p.m.