ETSU volleyball sweeps N.C. A&T to open day two of the UNCG Invitational

Saturday, August 27, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. (August 27, 2011) – The ETSU volleyball team finished the match with a decisive 31-8 advantage in kills and the Bucs swept North Carolina A&T, 3-0 (25-8, 25-11, 25-14), Saturday on the second day of the UNCG Invitational.

The Buccaneers finished the match with an advantage in most of the statistical categories. In addition to the advantage in kills, ETSU out-hit the Aggies .210 to -.260. The Bucs had a 9-1 advantage in service aces, 29-7 advantage in assists, and a 39-29 edge in digs.

Sophomore Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) and freshman Ivey Rice (Johnson City, Tenn.) each had nine kills to lead the ETSU offense. Freshman Katie Muey (Alexandria, Ind.) led the ETSU defense with a game-high 12 digs. Freshman Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.) quarterbacked the offense with 29 assists to go along with five digs and two blocks.

ETSU jumped out to an early advantage after senior Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) picked up two service aces. The Bucs remained in control after McKayla Barber (Columbus, Ind.) picked up two service aces of her own, followed by a Devine kill and a pair of A&T errors, which put ETSU in front 14-5.  From there, ETSU remained in control to take the set, 25-8. Devine had six of the team’s eight kills during the set to lead the way for the Buccaneer offense.

The second set shaped up to be much like the opening set as ETSU got out to a commanding lead right from the start. With the scored tied at three, a kill by Rice started a 9-0 run that put the Bucs on top 12-3. ETSU would cruise throughout the rest of the set to earn the 25-11 victory. Rice led the ETSU attack in the set with five kills.

Rutledge served the Bucs to a quick 4-0 advantage in the third set thanks to a service ace and a couple of A&T errors. ETSU steadily increased its lead throughout the set and eventually clinched the match victory with a 25-14 win in the set. Redshirt freshman Krista Hughes (Williamsburg, Va.) came off the bench to lead the ETSU offense with four kills in the set.

ETSU improves its record to 2-1 on the season, while N.C. A&T falls to 0-3. The Bucs will close out their weekend against Coastal Carolina at 5 p.m.

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