JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2009) - The ETSU volleyball team dropped a tough match to Jacksonville Friday night at Swisher Gymnasium in Jacksonville, Fla., 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 21-25, 26-28).
"We came up a little short," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "Each time we step out on the court we make solid improvements in different areas, but we tend to lose our focus on fundamental skills at crucial moments. Jacksonville is a strong blocking defensive team, and we must be able to adapt to each team's strengths and execute our game plan."
Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) posted her third double-double of the season as she had 11 kills and 11 digs on the night. Alysa Long (Romulus, Mich.) also had double-digit kills as she posted ten in the match hitting .529 against the Dolphins.
Senior Amanda Youell (Middleburg, Fla.) quarterbacked the ETSU offense as she tallied 37 assists and eight digs, while Jen Neice (Allen, Texas) led the Buccaneers defensively with a team-high 15 digs.
In the first set, Jacksonville took an early 12-7 lead, but the Bucs battled back to tie the match at 12-all. Play went back and forth until with the score tied 19-19 the Dolphins went on a 6-1 run to take the first set 25-20. Brooke Singleton led the way for Jacksonville with five kills in the set.
The Bucs used an early 10-2 run in the second set to take a 13-5 advantage. ETSU held off a late rally by the Dolphins to take the second set 25-19 on a Lauren Baufield (Plymouth, Minn.) kill tying the match at 1-all going into the break.
The Third set saw 13 tied and seven lead changes as neither team could take advantage of opportunities. Late in the set, Jacksonville got big kills from Nikki Kent and Aidan Yeagar to take a 22-20 lead. The Dolphins held on to win the set on an ETSU attack error to take a 2-1 lead in the match, 25-21.
Play was tight again in the fourth set as there were 18 ties and six lead changes. The Bucs had the biggest lead of the set at 14-11, but Jacksonville played tough as they evened the set at 14-all. ETSU had the serve for set point three times late in the match, but failed to close out the set. With the score tied 26-all the Dolphins got two service aces from Kathryn Kane to take the set 28-26.
The Bucs (6-11, 5-4 A-Sun) are back in action on Saturday at 3 p.m. as they head to North Florida. For more information on Buccaneer volleyball and all other Buccaneer athletic news, please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.