Bucs close out homestand against Jacksonville, UNF
Bucs close out homestand against Jacksonville, UNF
Thursday, October 11, 2012

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 11, 2012) – The ETSU volleyball team looks to put the exclamation point on a successful homestand this weekend when the Bucs face Jacksonville and North Florida inside Brooks Gym. The Blue and Gold take on the Dolphins Friday night at 7 p.m., before closing things out with UNF Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

The Bucs (13-8, 4-3 A-Sun) have won two of their first three matches on this homestand as ETSU split with Northern Kentucky (3-2) and Lipscomb (1-3) last weekend, while most recently taking down Mercer in four on Tuesday night. Overall, ETSU has won five of its six home games in 2012, where the Bucs are outhitting their opponents .271 to .166 and out-blocking them by 26, 59 to 33. Junior Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) is averaging 4.39 kills and 4.65 digs per set in the six home matches, while freshman middle blocker Khadijah Wiley (Columbus, Ga.) is hitting .529 (44-7-70).


Megan Devine and Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.) both recorded their fourth straight double-doubles, while the Bucs finished with a season-high 85 digs. Devine generated her first 20-20 game of her collegiate career after tallying 21 kills and a career high 26 digs, and Rutledge ended with 51 assists and 11 digs. Overall, four players notched double figures in kills as Bethany Gesell (High Point, N.C.), Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.), and Wiley joined Devine in the statistical category. Wiley and Hardy each registered 11 kills, while Gesell added 10 kills, four digs, and two block assists. Hardy also ended with eight digs and six blocks, and Wiley hit .529 (11-2-17) for the match.


Jacksonville has dropped eight of its last ten matches and sits 4-16, 2-5 on the season. The Dolphins have defeated Stetson (3-0) and Mercer (3-2) in conference play, and 12 of their 20 matches have been decided in three sets. Jacksonville is led Kendall Courtney and Alison Loeppky as Courtney ranks fifth in the A-Sun in assists per set (9.26), while Loeppky is 10th in attack percentage (.268). Friday marks the 13th meeting between the two schools with the Dolphins holding a slight 7-5 series lead, including a four-set win over ETSU last year in Brooks Gym. Devine finished with a double-double (20 kills/15 digs), but the Bucs were held to a .145 (47-27-138) attack percentage.

North Florida enters its match at USC Upstate on Friday night with a record of 10-9, 2-5 in A-Sun play. After winning seven straight matches from Sept. 7-15, the Ospreys have lost five of their last seven since, including a pair of home setbacks to Mercer and Kennesaw State last weekend. As a team, UNF ranks second in the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.179) and third in kills (13.03), service aces (1.40), and digs (17.22) per set. ETSU has won eight of the 11 meetings in the series, including four straight. The Bucs defeated the Ospreys in four sets last season in Brooks, thanks to ETSU hitting .307 (56-14-137) for the match.    


Both games this weekend will be streamed live online free of charge on ASun.TV, while live stats will be provided via ETSUBucs.com. Fans can also receive updates on Twitter by following @ETSUAthletics.


  • Over their last four games, Megan Devine is averaging 4.00 kills and 4.28 digs per set, while Jamie Rutledge is posting 9.83 assists and 2.33 digs per set … the Buccaneer tandem have also recorded double-doubles over this stretch
  • Khadijah Wiley leads all A-Sun players with a .478 attack percentage through seven conference matches this season
  • Megan Devine is 29 kills shy of moving past Jessica Manchester (1992-95) for fifth all-time in ETSU history … the Kingsport, Tenn. native enters weekend play with 1,181 career kills
  • Meredith Hardy – who has recorded at least one block in 47 consecutive matches – is one block shy of registering the 200th of her career
  • Sophomore Katie Muey (Alexandria, Ind.) leads the A-Sun in service aces per set (0.37) in conference matches
  • As a team, the Bucs rank 41st nationally in blocks per set (2.62), while individually Hardy ranks 27th with 1.39 blocks per set
  • Megan Devine leads the A-Sun with 13 double-doubles on the season and has 40 career double-doubles in 86 matches, which equates to 47-percent of her games played


Fans who bring at least one canned food item to Saturday’s game will receive admission for only a Buc ($1) … the food items will be donated to Bucky’s Food Pantry.


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