JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 15, 2009) - The ETSU volleyball team saw its rally come up short as the Bucs fell to Chattanooga Tuesday night at Brooks Gym, 3-1 (22-25, 20-25, 25-23, 23-25).
"I am disappointed with the loss tonight," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "It is tough to play a former Southern Conference rival and lose to them twice in the year. Coach Rhodes does a good job of keeping her squad scrappy and disciplined for the entire match. We need to understand that we can't wait till the game is on the line to make a move."
Junior Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) picked up her second double-double of the season as she had 12 kills and ten digs in the match. Erin Ryan (Davie, Fla.) also had a good night offensively posting 12 kills.
Amanda Youell (Middleburg, Fla.) ran the ETSU offense tallying 44 assists and six digs, while Lauren Baufield (Plymouth, Minn.) had a good all-around night with eight kills and 12 digs.
"Every time we step out on the court the coaches learn more and more about the individuals on this team," Devine said. "Once we have one team of six girls playing together on the court we are going to make a breakthrough and pull out some wins."
In the first set, after falling behind 6-3 the Bucs won seven-straight points to take a 10-6 lead. The Lady Mocs chipped away at the ETSU lead going on a 6-3 run to tie the set at 19-all. With the score tied 21-21, Chattanooga went out in front on a kill by Laura Brock. The Lady Mocks closed out the set 25-22 on a kill from Courtney Barnes.
Chattanooga jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the second set after a couple errors by the Bucs. ETSU cut the Lady Mocs lead to 13-10, but that was as close as the Bucs could get in the set. The Lady Mocs took the second set 25-20 on a service ace by Stephanie Harville to go up 2-0 at the break.
The third set was tight until Chattanooga won three-straight points to take a 20-17 advantage. With the Bucs down 22-19, ETSU went on a 6-1 run to take the third set 25-23. Ryan led the way for the Bucs with four kills in the set.
The Lady Mocs answered jumping out to a 7-3 advantage in the fourth set. ETSU battled back using a 6-0 run to even the set at 11-all. Play went back and forth as there were seven ties and two lead changes late in the set. The Lady Mocs got a big kill from Brock to break a 23-all tie, and closed out the match on an ETSU attack error to win the set 25-23.
ETSU (3-7, 2-1 A-Sun) is back in action Friday at 7 p.m. as the Bucs head to Kennesaw, Ga. to take on Kennesaw State. For more information on Buccaneer volleyball and all other athletic news, please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.