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ETSU volleyball wraps up road swing with trip to Clemson
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Bucs to face Chattanooga, Charlotte, and Clemson this weekend
CLEMSON, S.C. (Aug. 30, 2012) – The ETSU volleyball team wraps up its season-opening eight-game road swing this weekend as the Bucs return to the Palmetto State for the Clemson Classic. ETSU opens play on Friday at 4 p.m. with in-state rival Chattanooga, while wrapping up the tournament with matches against Charlotte (12:30 p.m.) and Clemson (4 p.m.) on Saturday inside Jervey Gymnasium.
The Bucs – who are off to their best start since the 2007 campaign – improved to 4-1 on the season after sweeping Presbyterian Tuesday night in Clinton, S.C. ETSU received huge production from sophomore Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) as she tied the program record with seven block assists and 10 total blocks in a three-set match against the Blue Hose. Overall, Hardy has recorded a block in 31 straight matches, dating back to last season. As a team, the Bucs etched their name into the record books on Tuesday as the 18 total team blocks were the most in a three-set match. The previous record in a three-set match was 17 total blocks versus Baptist back on Sept. 30, 1988.
Meanwhile, as Hardy brings her blocking streak into play this weekend, junior Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) carries a streak of her own into Clemson. Devine – who has played in 69 straight matches – comes into Friday’s match with 11 consecutive games of recording double figures in kills. In addition, the Preseason Atlantic Sun Player of the Year selection has registered double digits in kills in 34 of her last 38 matches. Devine is also eyeing a special milestone as she is 53 kills away from career number 1,000.
As a team, the Blue and Gold hold a commanding lead in blocks and blocks per set among A-Sun foes. The Bucs’ 59 blocks are 34 more than the nearest competitor, Stetson, while ETSU also holds a 1.15 margin in blocks per set as the Blue and Gold are averaging 2.95 compared to Florida Gulf Coast’s 1.83.
Fans unable to make the trip to Clemson this weekend can follow all the action on live stats through ClemsonTigers.com. Twitter updates will also be provided by following @ETSUAthletics.
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