JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 7, 2008) - The ETSU volleyball team was defeated by Belmont in four sets Friday night in Brooks Gym, 3-1 (21-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-25).
"We knew that Belmont was going to be a hard team to figure out," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "I thought we did an excellent job in games one and two of tracking their hitters. This match gives us another look at Belmont before we head to the conference tournament, and we are going to continue to work hard so that we can put it all out there on the court."
The Bucs (9-18, 5-12 A-Sun) were led offensively by Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Erin Ryan (Davie, Fla.) as Cogburn tallied 11 kills, eight digs and four blocks, while Ryan also had 11 kills on the night.
Amanda Youell (Middleburg, Fla.) ran the ETSU offense collecting 29 assists. Freshman Jen Neice (Allen, Texas) led the Buccaneers in the back with 18 digs, while Lauren Baufield (Plymouth, Minn.) had 15 digs.
In the first set, the Bruins jumped out to a 5-1 lead after a four-point run. The Bucs went on a 7-3 run to tie the match at 9-all. The score remained close until Belmont took six straight points to take a 19-14 lead. ETSU battled back after a couple service aces by Mallory Kiley (Palm Harbor, Fla.), but it was not enough as Belmont held on to win the first set, 25-21.
The Bucs came out hot in the second set winning the first four points. ETSU held the lead until the Bruins went on a 6-2 run to go in front 13-12. The Belmont lead didn't last long though as the Bucs put together a 6-1 run to go back ahead 20-16. Belmont cut the lead to 20-18, but ETSU got four straight points and put the set away on a Cogburn kill, 25-19.
Coming out of the break Belmont regained momentum as they took a 9-4 lead in the third set after a 7-2 run. The Bruins extended their lead to 17-8 after a second 7-2 run in the set. ETSU battled back cutting the lead to 23-17, but Belmont put the set away on kills by Kayla Albritton and Tara Blood to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the fourth set, with the Bucs up 6-5 the Bruins went on a 6-1 run to go in front 11-7. ETSU got a point on a Belmont error, but the Bruins then earned the next ten points to take a commanding 21-8 lead. The Bucs went on a five-point run late in the set to cut the lead to 24-15, but Belmont closed out the match on an Albritton kill to make the final 25-15.
The Bucs are back in action Saturday at 2 p.m. as they host conference opponent Lipscomb in Brooks Gym. Please visit www.ETSUBucs.com for more information on ETSU volleyball and all other Buccaneer athletic news.