MACON, Ga. (Nov 16, 2007) - The ETSU volleyball team was defeated by Jacksonville in a tight match Friday night, falling in four games in the Semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Tournament at the University Center on the Mercer campus, 25-30, 30-27, 32-34, 25-20.
"I am really proud of this team, and I think that finishing 19-13 is really a compliment to their hard work," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "The ball bounced Jacksonville's way tonight, and you can't take anything away from them, but it is hard to lose a game like that."
The ETSU and Jacksonville would battle back and forth as the Bucs would jump out to an early lead. Jacksonville would come back to take a six-point lead late in the game. The Bucs would not be bale to overcome the deficit, as Jacksonville would win the game one.
The Bucs again would jump out to an early lead in the game two as both teams fought for the advantage. The Bucs jumped out to a five-point lead late, and held on to win game two.
In the third game the Bucs looked very strong jumping out to yet another early lead. Jacksonville would rally and take five-point lead, but the Bucs would rally back as there were two lead changes and four ties before Jacksonville put the game away and won game three. The Bucs collected 21 kills in the third game
Jacksonville would jump out to a seven-point lead in game four, as the Bucs could not get anything going early. ETSU would rally back and eventually take the lead, but Jacksonville would come back and take a four-point lead late as Jacksonville would take game four.
"Jacksonville kept coming at us and when you are so close to winning the game and you end up losing it takes a lot out of you," Devine said. "That was evident in the fourth game when you could tell the team was drained."
The Bucs were led offensively by freshman Desiree Dyck (Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan) who had 21 kills and four blocks in the game hitting .386 for the match. Laura Waddell (Lynchburg, Va.) tallied 17 kills in the match, while Callie Kiselich (Colorado Springs, Colo.) had 11 kills.
"Our outsides did not play like freshmen today," Devine said. "If you look at the way the girls have progressed from the first game to now you can see a big difference. They are really hitting the ball well now."
Kaena Apana (Waianae, Hawaii) led the Bucs defensively as she had 29 digs in the match. Sophomore Amanda Youell (Middleburg, Fla.) quarterbacked the ETSU offense as she had a double double in the match collecting 59 assists and 10 digs. Marissa Mortensen (Elk Grove, Ill.) also had double digit digs as she had 13 in the match. Lauren Baufield (Plymouth, Minn.) had seven kills and eight digs in the match for the Bucs.
"It is sad to see your seniors go, because they have done so much for the program," Devine said. "I know when these girls look back at this game they know they put their heart into this game."
With the loss the Bucs finish the season with a record of 19-13 and 9-2 in conference play. For more information on the ETSU volleyball team visit www.ETSUBucs.com.