JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (October 22, 2011) – Justine Young and Baylee Strachan of Kennesaw State, had a combined 22 kills, which helped lead the Owls to a 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-18) victory over ETSU, Saturday afternoon inside Brooks Gym.
The Owls now move to 11-12 overall and 6-2 in the Atlantic Sun, while ETSU falls to 11-14 and 4-5 in the A-Sun.
Kennesaw State out-hit the Bucs .243 to .130, and they held a decisive 42 to 26 advantage in kills. The Owls also held a 39-20 edge in assists.
Young finished with a match high 12 kills, while teammate Strachan added 10 kills on .444 hitting to lead the Owls. Meanwhile, Camille Pedraza led the Owls with 18 digs.
Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) of the Bucs, led ETSU with eight kills and nine digs, while teammate Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) added six kills, and McKayla Barber (Columbus, Ind.) chipped in five kills. Barber also had a match high four blocks. Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) led the ETSU defensive efforts with 10 digs.
In the opening set Kennesaw State was the first team to put together a significant run. With the set tied 6-6, the Owls went on a 6-0 run to take a 12-6 lead. From there, ETSU could not put together a major run as the Owls cruise to a 25-13 in the set. Kennesaw State out-hit ETSU .321 to .138 in the set.
ETSU got off to a better start in the second set, thanks to a 4-0 run to take an 8-6 advantage. With the score 9-7, Kennesaw State answered by going on a 4-0 run of their own to take an 11-9 lead. Kennesaw State held the advantage until a block by Barber tied the set at 19. After the two teams traded points, a Kennesaw State attack error gave ETSU a 21-20 advantage, which forced a KSU timeout. After the timeout, the Owls went on a 5-0 run to take the set 25-21.
In the third set with Kennesaw State in front 8-7, the Owls reeled off four straight points to extend their lead to 12-7. ETSU cut the lead to four at 14-10, but that’s as close as the Bucs would get, as the Owls took the set 25-18, which also clinched the match.
ETSU will be back in action on Friday, as the Bucs travel to Kennesaw, Georgia to take on Kennesaw State once again. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
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