JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 30, 2010) - Senior middle blocker Alysa Long (Romulus, Mich.) recorded 13 kills on .478 hitting and five blocks to lead the ETSU volleyball team past Florida Gulf Coast 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 27-25) on Senior Day, Saturday afternoon at Brooks Gym.
The Bucs extended their winning streak to eight straight with the victory and improved their record to 23-6 (6-1 A-Sun), while FGCU falls to 5-16 (2-5 A-Sun). ETSU remains tied for second in the A-Sun with Kennesaw State.
ETSU out-blocked FGCU 14.0 to 7.0 on the afternoon and are now a perfect 11-0 this season when recording 10 or more blocks.
Long recorded her second straight double-digit kill match and she continues to lead the A-Sun in blocks. Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Lauren Baufield (Plymouth, Minn.) each recorded eight kills on the afternoon. Baufield also added 10 digs and six blocks. Erin Ryan (Davie, Fla.) had six kills and eight digs, while Jamie Stancliff (Advance, N.C.) had five kills, seven blocks, and three digs.
Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) dished out 39 assists, while also adding three kills, six digs, and six blocks. Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) finished with a game-high 12 digs, while also recording two service aces.
With the emotions running high on Senior Day, the Bucs jumped out to a quick 7-4 advantage. ETSU quickly extended the lead following back to back kills by Stancliff and Baufield. Then, with ETSU up 9-5, senior Dani Howe (Hermitage, Tenn.) recorded a service ace that forced a quick Florida Gulf Coast timeout. Howe continued serving following the break and recorded a second ace to put the Bucs up 12-5. ETSU maintained the lead throughout the rest of the set for the 25-15 victory. Baufield led the way for the Bucs in the set with five kills for a .571 attack percentage. ETSU hit .333 in the set, while limiting FGCU to just a .094 attack efficiency.
In the second set, both teams battled back and forth until a Stancliff kill put ETSU in front 5-4. The Bucs maintained the lead until FGCU tied the score at 12 following an ETSU attack error. Then, with the score tied, Long recorded a kill to put the Bucs back in front for good as they extended the lead and took the set 25-21.
Florida Gulf Coast jumped out to a quick 6-2 advantage in the third set following a Emma Racila kill. The Eagles maintained their lead until a Ryan kill tied the match at 10, but FGCU extended the lead back out to three at 15-12. Then, with FGCU in front 18-15, ETSU quickly answered with back to back kills from Baufield and Long, which forced an Eagles timeout. FGCU continued to stay in front and reached set point at 24-22 following a Chelsea Lyles kill. However, ETSU got back to back blocks from Baufield and Stancliff to tie the match at 24. FGCU reached set point again after another Lyles kill, but a ball handling error evened the match back up. With the score knotted at 25, the Bucs got back to back blocks from Long and Baufield to clinch the set and match. ETSU recorded 8.0 blocks during the set to help clinch the victory.
ETSU returns to action next weekend as they travel to Georgia for matches against Kennesaw State and Mercer. The Bucs take on Kennesaw State on Friday at 7 p.m., before closing out the weekend against Mercer on Saturday at 3 p.m.