ETSU volleyball prepares for JMU Coca-Cola Classic

Thursday, September 15, 2011

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (September 15, 2011) – Following an impressive 3-0 performance and a tournament title at the Country Inn & Suites Invitational over the weekend, the ETSU volleyball looks to keep the momentum going at the JMU Coca-Cola Classic on Friday and Saturday in Harrisonburg, Va.

The Bucs will play three matches during the weekend as they open with James Madison at 7:30 p.m. on Friday before taking on Appalachian State and Georgetown on Saturday. ETSU and Appalachian State will face off at 10 a.m., while the Bucs and Hoyas will battle at 5 p.m.

ETSU heads into the weekend with a 6-5 overall record after defeating UNC Asheville, Chattanooga and Tennessee Tech to win the Country Inn & Suites Invitational over the weekend. Senior Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) had a stellar weekend on the defensive end en route to being named tournament MVP. In addition, junior Kayla Williams (El Paso, Texas) and senior Jamie Stancliff (Advance, N.C.) earned all-tournament honors after impressive play.

Sophomore outside hitter Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) continues her early season dominance as she has recorded 10 or more kills in 10 of the 11 matches this season. After three weeks of play, Devine ranks second in the league in both points (4.90 p/set) and kills (4.36 p/set), while ranking 24th in the country in points and 26th in kills.

As a team, the Bucs rank at the top of the league once again in blocks at 2.30 blocks per set. In addition, the Bucs lead the league in opponent’s hitting percentage at .186.

After finishing second in the A-Sun in blocks last season behind former teammate Alysa Long, Stancliff currently leads the league in blocks at 1.17 per set. She is coming off of a stellar 10 block performance against Tennessee Tech, which matched her season and career-highs for blocks in a match. Her 10 block assists against Tennessee Tech were just one shy of tying the all-time team record for block assists in a four-set match. Marge Brown recorded 11 on Oct. 1, 1988 against East Carolina.

For fans unable to attend the tournament in Harrisonburg, live stats will be available throughout the tournament at JMUSports.com. In addition, a free live audio feed will be available for the Bucs’ match against James Madison on Friday night.

Scouting the Opponents

James Madison heads into the weekend with a 7-2 record after winning the High Point Classic over the weekend. The Dukes defeated Wright State, Davidson and High Point to win the event. Natalie Abel leads JMU offensively with 3.03 kills per set, while also leading the team in digs at 3.68 per set. JMU leads the CAA in blocks at 2.57 per set. James Madison leads the all-time series against ETSU 4-1. The two teams last squared off in 2009 with James Madison earning a 3-1 victory.

Appalachian State enters the weekend with a 5-5 record after most recently finishing 1-2 at the Morehead State Invitational. The Mountaineers defeated George Mason, while dropping matches against Morehead State and Western Michigan. Anna Wagner leads the offense with 3.72 kills per set, while also ranking second on the team in digs with 2.82 per set. Appalachian State is one of the most frequent ETSU opponents as the two teams have faced each other 55 times throughout the years. The Mountaineers own a 36-19 record against the Bucs all-time following a 3-2 victory against ETSU last season in Johnson City.

Georgetown heads into the weekend with a 5-5 record after most recently dropping a match against cross-town rival George Washington. Alex Johnson leads a well-balanced Georgetown offense with 2.76 kills per set, while four other players are averaging over 2.2 kills per set. Setter Ashley Malone dishes out 11.05 assists per set. The Hoyas lead the Big East in assists (13.19 p/set) and kills (14.05 p/set). Saturday’s match will be the first time that Georgetown and ETSU have faced each other in volleyball.

JMU Coca-Cola Classic Full Schedule

Friday, Sep. 16:

Georgetown vs. Appalachian State, 5 p.m.

ETSU vs. James Madison, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sep. 17:

ETSU vs. Appalachian State, 10 a.m.

Georgetown vs. James Madison, 12:30 p.m.

ETSU vs. Georgetown, 5 p.m.

Appalachian State vs. James Madison, 7:30 p.m.

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