JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (October 14, 2005) - Despite a match-high 14 kills from junior Jennifer Sartor (Toronto, Ontario), the East Tennessee State volleyball team suffered its first Atlantic Sun setback on Friday night, falling to North Florida, 3-0, in UNF Arena. UNF managed to hold off ETSU in three tight frames, winning 30-27, 32-30, and 30-26. The loss also halts the Lady Bucs' winning streak at eight matches, as ETSU drops to 14-6 on the year, 2-1 in A-Sun play. Meanwhile, UNF improves to 11-8, 3-1 in the Conference.
The Lady Bucs refused to go down quietly all night, most notably in game two, when ETSU trailed 13-7, and rebounded to win 11 of the next 14 points, claiming the 18-16 lead. Sartor caught fire during the rally, connecting on four of her nine kills in the frame. The junior also swung a team-high .355 for the match.
ETSU maintained the lead, and led by as many as three points, until the Ospreys evened the score at 30-30 on an attacking error by ETSU's Crystal Palmer (
"We just weren't mentally strong at crucial moments and we didn't execute," said head coach Lindsey Devine from the road. "We've been playing so well as a team, but tonight we played as individuals. But I've got to give credit to UNF, they came and strong and played consistent all night."
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The Lady Bucs threatened again in game three, widening their lead to 15-10, capped off by a kill by senior Sara Scandiffio (
King led the UNF attack with 13 kills, just ahead of Stroder with 12. Defensively, King posted a match-high 14 digs with Kendrick and Thomas adding 10 apiece. Kendrick also tallied a match-best 44 assists. UNF out-hit ETSU for the match, swinging .285 to ETSU's .207.
"We need to rebound tomorrow night," said Devine. "We need to play together as a team, and do the things that have gotten us this far."
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