Barber named to A-Sun All-Freshmen team; ETSU set to face Mercer in A-Sun Tournament
McKayla Barber
McKayla Barber

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

MACON, Ga. (Nov. 19, 2008) - After leading the ETSU volleyball team in blocks and hitting percentage in her first season, freshman McKayla Barber (Columbus, Ind.) was named to the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman team, announced Tuesday by the conference.

 

"McKayla has done a great job being an important player in our offensive attack," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "She is an athletic person who puts herself in a position to be in impact blocker on our team. In a short span of time she has come to understand her role as a middle blocker, and comes to practice looking to get better."

 

The Columbus, Ind. native hit .188 (147-74-389) on the season with 147 kills and 65 blocks including 15 solo blocks. Barber posted a season high 13 kills against Florida Gulf Coast on Sept. 27, and had a team high seven blocks against Appalachian State on Sept. 16.

 

"To be amongst this group of freshmen recognized by the coaches in the conference is an honor, and McKayla is apart of a very talented freshmen group," Devine added. "It will be exciting to see how she continues to develop in our program. I think next year many of these freshmen will be in the running for first and second team honors in the conference."

 

The Bucs are set to face fourth-seeded Mercer in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Sun tournament Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Mercer's University Center in Macon, Ga.

 

"I am really proud of this young squad for the determination they have showed to make it back to the conference tournament," Devine said. "In these last two weeks they have demonstrated how much talent there is among these 13 players. I think we match up well with Mercer, because they bring out good things in us. They get a lot of touches and continue plays that most people would consider over, which is something our players can use to energize and challenge them."

 

ETSU (11-19, 7-13 A-Sun) has won its last two matches - defeating USC Upstate on Tuesday, 3-2, and Campbell on Friday, 3-1. This is the fourth straight season coach Devine as led the Bucs to the A-Sun tournament. ETSU is winless at the tournament suffering heart breaking losses to Jacksonville in back-to-back seasons after being defeated by Belmont in its first appearance in 2005.

 

Mercer (18-10, 13-7 A-Sun) comes into the match having dropped both matches this past weekend to Belmont and Lipscomb. The Bears defeated the Bucs in both contests this season - mounting a 3-2 comeback in the first match on Oct. 4 in Brooks Gym, and swept ETSU in the second meeting, 3-0.The Bucs are 2-3 all-time against Mercer.

 

 

"I feel when we put everything out on the court we will definitely play to the expected level that we have shown in the last two weeks," Devine said. "We are peaking at the right time, and as a young squad we are looking to represent ETSU with great pride on the court."

 

The game can be seen live on ASun.TV by clicking the link above. The winning team will go on to face top seeded Lipscomb in the semifinals on Friday. Please visit www.ETSUBucs.com for more information on volleyball or any other Buccaneer athletic news.

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Nov 15 Mercer University 1
WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
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Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
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