JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 16, 2008) - The ETSU volleyball team rallied to come back and defeat Appalachian State in a thriller Tuesday night at Brooks Gym ending a six-game losing streak, 3-2 (29-31, 16-25, 25-14, 26-24, 15-10) .
The Bucs dropped the first two sets to the Mountaineers, but pulled out three straight sets in front of a charged crowd. In the fourth set, ETSU fell behind 11-17, but big kills by freshman Jamie Stancliff (Advance, N.C.) propelled the Bucs to make the come back and take the set and eventually win the match.
"Everyone contributed in some way to get this win," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "Between games two and three I had to look to some players to do a little more, and those individuals stepped up and came through for us. We have been always talking about composure, and how keeping our composure limits us from making errors. It was nice to see our players keep their composure at keys times to pull out the win."
The Bucs (3-7, 0-3 A-Sun) were led offensively by junior Amanda Youell (Middleburg, Fla.) who had a double-double with 12 kills and 29 assists, while collecting six digs and four blocks. Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) also had a double-double in the match tallying 19 assists, 13 digs and nine kills.
"I have a lot of confidence in both Amanda and Whitney to make good decisions and get the ball into our hitters' hands," Devine said. "Offensively they are both a threat, and they create a really good flow. Tonight they both did a good job of finding a hot hitter when we needed it."
Freshmen McKayla Barber (Columbus, Ind.) and Stancliff stepped up for ETSU as Barber had 11 kills and seven blocks, while Stancliff had nine kills. Defensively Jen Neice (Allen, Texas) had 19 digs for the Bucs in the back row.
"Jamie had a good night tonight," Devine said. "Jamie is a very energetic player, and our setters were able to thrive off of that and put the ball in her hand. McKayla has been working hard taking extra reps in practice, and tonight those reps paid off."
"We are very fortunate to have good crowds like we have had the past two games." Devine added. "I am happy to see the students and student-athletes coming out to support us. They really got behind us and showed their ETSU pride, and we wanted to make sure we pulled out the win for them."
ETSU is back in action this weekend, as the Bucs host conference opponents Jacksonville on Friday at 7 p.m. and North Florida on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Brooks Gym. Please visit www.ETSUBucs.com for more information on ETSU volleyball and all other Buccaneer athletic news.