JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 3, 2009) - The ETSU volleyball team ended a three-game losing streak Saturday afternoon as the Bucs defeated Belmont in Brooks Gym, 3-1 (25-14, 18-25, 25-22, 25-23).
"After last night's match, I think the girls are starting to really believe in themselves, and play at a higher level," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "We had some great blocks, and Whitney was fantastic again. Amanda really did a good job of distributing the offense, and kept her focus for the entire match."
Senior Amanda Youell (Middleburg, Fla.) and sophomore Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) both posted double-doubles for the Bucs as Youell tallied seven kills, 42 assists, ten digs and hit .a team-best .538, while Cogburn had 11 kills, eight assists and 15 digs. Erin Ryan (Davie, Fla.) led the ETSU attack as she had 13 kills in the match.
McKayla Barber (Columbus, Ind.) also had a good day posting a career-high eight blocks and seven kills, while Jen Neice (Allen, Texas) led the Bucs in the back with 19 digs.
"I think Jamie Stancliff (Advance, N.C.) coming in and playing well was a big factor for our team," Devine said. "I just liked the composure the girls had. They really believe in themselves. Every match is important for us, and we need to take care of business every time we are in our gym."
The Buccaneers blew out the Bruins in the first set taking an early 13-4 lead. ETSU went on to cruise to a 25-14 set win while hitting .469 as a team.
ETSU fell behind at the start of the second set as Belmont went ahead 8-4. The Buccaneers rallied back to tie the set at 12-all after kills by Youell and Cogburn. Play went back and forth until the Bruins went on a 5-1 run to take a 20-16 advantage. Belmont went on to win the set on an ETSU attack error, 25-18.
In the third set, the Bucs jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, but the Bruins came back to tie the set at 12-12. With the Bucs down 19-17 in the set, ETSU won seven-straight points to go in front 24-19. ETSU took the set 25-22 on a Cogburn kill to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Play was tight in the fourth set as there were nine ties and four lead changes. The Bruins got a two-point lead twice late in the match, but the Bucs rallied to tie the match at 21-all. With the match tied 23-23, the Bucs got a kill from Stancliff and a Belmont attack error to take the set 25-23.
ETSU (6-10, 5-3 A-Sun) starts a five-game road trip next weekend as they head to Jacksonville, Fla. for a pair of Atlantic Sun matches. For more information on Buccaneer volleyball and all other athletic news, please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.