JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (September 9, 2006) - The Lady Bucs dropped their opening game against Evansville Saturday, 30-32, 30-24, 23-30, 30-25, 15-10, and the disappointment continued into the evening, as they fell in three highly competitive games to tournament champion Winthrop, 20-28, 30-25, 30-28.
"We didn't play poorly today," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "We just failed to push and execute at critical moments."
The Lady Bucs (6-4) held their own against the four-time defending Big South Conference champions in game one, building a four-point lead at 19-15, but a 14-5 run gave the Eagles (8-2) five game points at 29-24. ETSU erased four of the game points aided by solid defense, as Sarah Buhr (
The teams continued the back-and-forth in game two, as the lead changed hands eight times and the contest was tied another 17. Senior Crystal Palmer (
The Lady Bucs fought back once again in game three, trailing by as many as seven points at 24-17 before fighting back to even the match at 28 on one of junior Callie Kiselich's match-high 17 kills. Tournament MVP Taryn Surbaugh's kill brought the Eagles to match point, and Sitzmann struck again on the next play, clinching the championship for
Kiselich's 17-kill effort propelled her to the all-tournament team, and Emerson dished out a match-high 43 kills.
ETSU held a 2-1 match lead before the Purple Aces rallied, breaking open a one point game in the fourth stanza, and scoring nine of the game's final 13 points to level the match at two games apiece.
The Lady Bucs jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the final game, but
Sartor led the way for the Lady Bucs with 23 kills in the match, racking up 35 on the day, while Emerson's 64 kills boosted her over the century mark on the day, finishing with 107.
The Lady Bucs next hit the road, taking on Lees-McRae Wednesday, September 13 in Banner Elk, N.C.
MVP Taryn Surbaugh - Winthrop
Shannon Sitzmann -
Pohai Nu'uhiwa -
Julie Walroth -
Caitlin Schaffstall -
Callie Kiselich - ETSU