JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 23, 2009) - The ETSU volleyball team swept Mercer Friday night in Brooks Gym as the Bucs posted a season high 11 blocks against the Bears, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-9).
"I am really proud of this team," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "They responded well all week in practice, and it was evident they carried over those little things from practice into the match. For us to be successful our team realizes that is takes a complete team effort. Everyone contributed to those 11 blocks tonight."
Alysa Long (Romulus, Mich.) had a good night as she tallied ten shots hitting .529 with five blocks, while Amanda Youell (Middleburg, Fla.) quarterbacked the Buccaneer offense as she had 33 assists and four blocks.
McKayla Barber (Columbus, Ind.) had five kills and five blocks for the Bucs. Sophomore Jen Neice (Allen, Texas) led ETSU defensively with 16 digs.
"McKayla and Alysa were strong in the middle," Devine said. "Amanda really organized our team and put the ball in a great position. Jen Neice was key for us in the second set as her defense kept us in the set. Jen was very consistent for us in the back row."
The Bucs jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in the first set. ETSU went on to cruise to a 25-20 first set win on a kill by Desiree Dyck (Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan).
Play was tight in the second set at there were seven ties early in the set until the Bucs used a 7-2 run to take a 16-11 advantage. Mercer answered with a 7-2 rally of its own as the Bears tied the match at 18-all. After three more ties, the Bucs got a huge block from Youell and Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) to go in front 24-23.ETSU closed out the set on a Mercer attack error to take a 2-0 lead into the break.
The Buccaneers came out on fire in the third set taking the first seven points as they got out to an early 14-3 lead. ETSU limited the Bears to just nine points in the set as they closed out the match on a Long kill.
ETSU (8-14, 6-7 A-Sun) is back in action tomorrow at 6 p.m. as the Bucs host Kennesaw State. For more information on Buccaneer volleyball and all other athletic news, please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.