SPARTANSBURG, S.C. (October 5, 2005) - The East Tennessee State volleyball team rallied from two games down to defeat Wofford, 3-2, on Wednesday, extending its winning streak to five games. After falling 30-25, 30-20, the Lady Bucs clipped off 30-21, 30-18, and 15-11 victories to steal the win from the Terriers, and improve to 11-5 on the year.
"The win says a lot about the character of the team," said ETSU head coach Lindsey Devine. "When we were down 2-0, we didn't give up and made sure we took control of the match."
The Lady Bucs took control after the 10-minute intermission between games two and three. A trio of ETSU players finished with double-digit kills, including a match-high tying 16 from Sara Scandiffio (Purcellville, Va.). The senior finished with 39 total attacks, a .231 hitting percentage and 18.0 points.
Joining Scandiffio with double-figure kill efforts were Callie Kiselich (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with 13, and Sarah Buhr (Stockton, Calif.) with 12. Both players finished with double-doubles on the evening, adding 22 and 20 digs, respectively.
ETSU setter Jennifer Emerson (Stockton, Calif.) posted 46 assists, while Michelle Mislan (Indianapolis, Ind.) contributed a match-high four service aces, including a stretch of three-in-a-row during game four.
Overall, ETSU registered 10.0 blocks, including a pair of solo stops by Kiselich and Crystal Palmer (Chico, Calif.).
Brittany Thompson paced Wofford with 16 kills, 51 total attacks, 17.5 points and tied Christal Carey for the team-lead with 17 digs. Carey added 12 kills and 49 total attacks on the evening.
Setter Rhea DeJesus finished with 45 assists, while junior Shana Glenn notched three service aces to lead the Terriers, now 7-7.
The win was the second time this season ETSU was able to manage a win over Wofford, after the Lady Bucs downs the Terriers, 3-2, on Sept. 7, in Johnson City. ETSU's five-match winning streak is the best since 2001, when the Lady Bucs rattled off 10-consecutive victories.
ETSU has a pair of home games this weekend, beginning on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. in Brooks Gym. The Lady Bucs are also set to take on North Carolina A&T at home on Sunday, Oct. 9, starting at 2 p.m.