CONWAY, S.C. (Sept. 17, 2005) - The Lady Buccaneer volleyball team dropped a pair of matches on Saturday, dropping a tough 3-2 decision to Coastal Carolina, and falling to Iowa, 3-1, at the Microtel Inn & Suites Classic, in Conway, S.C.
ETSU, now 6-5 following the weekend, went blow-for-blow with Coastal Carolina in Saturday's opening match, alternating wins in the first four games, before the Chanticleers claimed the match, winning a tight 18-16 deciding frame. The Lady Bucs took games one and three, 30-28, and 30-26, while the Chanticleers came away with games two and four, 30-28, and 30-21.
"Our first game was just a heart-breaker," said head coach Lindsey Devine of the Coastal Carolina game. "But these early season tournaments are all about trying to iron things out. We played hard but just didn't execute in some key moments."
Sarah Buhr (Stockton, Calif.) paced the Lady Bucs with 20 kills, the highest tally by an ETSU player all season. Callie Kiselich (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jennifer Sartor (Toronto, Ontario) were not far behind, adding 16 kills each. Junior Brittany Kessel (Libertyville, Ill.) also put up double-digits in the kill column with 12.
Both Sartor and Kiselich were nearly flawless offensively, committing only two hitting errors apiece. Kiselich smashed a match-high .500, on 28 attempts, while Sartor also recorded an impressive hitting percentage, tallying .452 on 31 efforts.
Kessel was the top defender for the Lady Bucs, registering a career-high 17 digs, followed by Kiselich with 14. Kiselich had a hand in four block assists, as well as two solo. Senior Sara Scandiffio (Purcellville, Va.) was also a force at the net, contributing three solo blocks, and aiding in three block assists.
Kessel also helped with the setting, dishing out 30 assists. Junior Jennifer Emerson (Santa Clara, Calif.) was ETSU's top setter with 38 assists.
Katherine Jensen led the Chanticleers with 18 kills, as teammate Laura Obert chipped in with 15.
"I'm pleased that we went four games against a Big Ten team," said Devine of the 3-1 Iowa loss. "We're doing a lot of things well, there are just a couple loose ends we need to string together."
ETSU's 30-27 win in game one was the first time in program history the Lady Bucs were able to steal a game from a Big Ten squad.
The Lady Bucs get a short break before hitting the road again on Tuesday, Sept. 20, as they take on the Mocs of Chattanooga, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.