"We were aggressive for the entire five sets tonight," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "We played disciplined and great on defense, and everyone who stepped out on the floor contributed for us."
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"McKayla and Alysa were strong in the middle and opened up the outside for hitters," Devine said. "Erin and Desiree really took advantage at key points putting the ball away for us, and we did great in the back digging up balls and keeping us in the game. The whole team showed a lot of heart and I am glad we got this road win."
In the first set, the Bucs jumped out to an early 8-4 lead. ETSU used a 6-1 run late in the set to take a 22-15 advantage. The Bucs closed out the set on a Dyck kill to win the set 25-19.
Play was back and fourth in the second set until the Owls went on a 7-1 run to take a 12-6 lead. ETSU battled back to cut the KSU lead to 15-13, but
ETSU jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the third set. The Bucs saw their lead dwindle as the Owls tied the set at 15-all on a Chelsea Denesha service ace. Play was tight until with the score tied 21-21 the Bucs took four of the last five points to take the set 25-21, and a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Bucs looked strong in the fourth set as they used a 7-2 run to take a 17-10 advantage. KSU answered with an 8-3 rally to tie the match at 20-all. The Owls closed out the set on a 5-1 run, 25-21.
In the final set, there were eight ties and two lead changes as neither team could jump out to a big lead. With the score tied at 15-all, ETSU caught a break on a KSU attack error to go up 16-15. The Bucs then won the match on a big block by Barber and Youell to win the set 17-15.
The Bucs (4-7, 3-1 A-Sun) are back in action tomorrow at 3 p.m. as they head to