Volleyball Bucs sweep UNC Greensboro, up record to 3-1
Senior Jennifer Sartor hit for a .571 percentage against UNC Greensboro Friday night.
Senior Jennifer Sartor hit for a .571 percentage against UNC Greensboro Friday night.

Friday, September 01, 2006

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (September 1, 2006) - The Lady Bucs rolled past UNC Greensboro in the opening game of the UNC Asheville Classic Friday evening, sweeping the Spartans 32-30, 30-22, 30-26 to begin weekend play.

 

"This was a total team effort offensively," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "Everyone worked to put a hand on the ball, and we really executed our first kill game tonight."

 

The Lady Bucs (3-1) pulled out a highly competitive opening game, rallying from a 28-26 deficit to claim a frame that featured 14 ties and seven lead changes.  Junior Callie Kiselich (Colorado Springs, Colo.) led the way for the Lady Bucs in game one, dropping six of her 11 match kills.  Seniors Sarah Buhr (Stockton, Calif.) and Jennifer Sartor (Toronto, Ontario) each added four of their match-high 15 kills, with Sartor's fourth and final kill coming at 31-30, closing out game one.

 

ETSU sprinted to an 11-3 lead in game two, and cruised to a 30-22 victory, putting the Lady Bucs in a dominant position for the match.  Buhr delivered seven more kills in the second game, and ETSU never allowed the Spartans to come any closer than five points after taking the early lead.

 

After falling behind 10-4 in the final game, the Lady Bucs slowly chipped away at the Greensboro lead, finally tying the match at 25 before reeling off five of the next six point for the final margin.  Sartor threw down six more kills in the final stanza, ending two of the final four points, including the match finale.

 

Junior Michelle Mislan (Indianapolis, Ind.) added six kills for the match, and was also solid defensively, chipping in on four block assists.  Senior Nani Emerson (Tracy, Calif.) continued running an outstanding offense, distributing 50 assists and contributed three kills as well.  As a team, the Lady Bucs hammered out 58 kills, just four shy of the three-game single match school record.

 

The only negative out of the opening match sweep for coach Devine was the Lady Bucs' 14 service errors.

 

"I was disappointed with our service game," said Devine. "We need to be an aggressive serving team, and not give those scoring opportunities away."

 

The Lady Bucs will have two chances to work on that serving game Saturday afternoon as they complete play at the UNC Asheville Classic against Cleveland State and the host Bulldogs.  The first ETSU match is scheduled for 10 a.m. against Cleveland State.  Fans can follow all the action love by clicking the "UNC Asheville Classic Live Stats" link provided at the top of the page.

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