RADFORD, Va. (September 3, 2010) - With the match tied at two sets apiece, the ETSU volleyball team rallied in the fifth set to down Canisius 3-2, Friday night at the Radford University Tournament. With the victory, ETSU moves to 2-3 on the year while Canisius falls to 1-4 on the young season.
In the deciding set, Canisius got out to a quick 3-0 lead. With the Bucs down 11-10, Jamie Stancliff (Advance, N.C.) recorded two kills in a row to put ETSU in front for the first time in the set. Then, with the score tied at 13, Stancliff again came through with a big kill and that was followed by a Canisius attack error to end the match.
"Jamie and Alysa really came up big for us tonight," said ETSU head coach Lindsey Devine. "They really helped us out all night and they made some big plays for us."
Stancliff finished the night by tying a career high with 13 kills on 26 attempts for a solid .423 hitting percentage on the night. Alysa Long (Romulus, Mich.) matched Stancliff with 13 kills and also finished with a team-high five blocks. Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) quarterbacked the offense as she dished out 49 assists and also recorded four kills and a service ace. Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) and Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) both recorded 14 digs on the night to lead the team. Devine also recorded seven kills, an ace, and a dig.
Canisius jumped out to a quick start in the opening set taking a 3-1 lead. However, the lead was short lived as the Bucs won the next eight points to gain a 9-3 advantage. Tamblyn, was key during the run as she recorded back to back service aces. The Bucs extended their lead to 10 before Canisius cut the lead late in the set. ETSU held on by scoring the final three points to seal up the set.
After the Griffins won a back and forth second set 25-23 to tie the score, both teams again battled back and forth in the third set. With the score tied at 20 apiece, ETSU scored three straight points led by two kills from senior Desiree Dyck (Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan). Finally, a kill by Longand an attack error by Canisius closed out the set for the Bucs.
With the Bucs up a set looking to close out the match, Canisius would not go away as they took the fourth set to send the match to a fifth and final set.
The Bucs continue the Radford Tournament tomorrow as they take on Davidson at 10 a.m. before closing out the event against Norfolk State at 5 p.m.