Bucs host Kennesaw State in home finale Tuesday night
Bucs host Kennesaw State in home finale Tuesday night
Monday, November 5, 2012

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 5, 2012) – Fresh off defeating Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson this past weekend, the ETSU volleyball team will be gunning for its fourth straight victory when the Blue and Gold host Kennesaw State Tuesday night in the home finale inside Brooks Gym. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

ETSU enters Tuesday’s match in search of a 20-win campaign as the Bucs are 19-10, 10-5 in A-Sun play, while a victory over the Owls will lock up the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament for the Blue and Gold.


Setter Kayla Williams (El Paso, Texas) enjoyed a special Senior Day as she finished with a match high 25 assists en route to the Bucs sweeping past Stetson (25-17, 25-20, 25-22) last Saturday afternoon inside Brooks Gym. All 12 players helped contribute to the win, while three ETSU players recorded double-digit kills for the Bucs. Junior Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) joined the 1,000-kill/1,000-dig club after registering her 1,000th career dig in the first set versus the Hatters. In the end, Devine posted her conference-leading 20th double-double of the season after tallying 14 kills, 11 digs, and four blocks along with hitting .414 for the match. Meanwhile, sophomore Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) added 13 kills and eight blocks, and fellow sophomore Bethany Gesell (High Point, N.C.) provided 11 kills. As a team, the Bucs hit .310 (47-16-100) and registered double figures in blocks for the 17th time this year after out-blocking the Hatters by four, 10-6.  


Kennesaw State has dropped eight of its last nine matches and sits in a three-way tie for seventh in the conference standings at 16-15, 5-11. The Owls were swept at Lipscomb and at Northern Kentucky over the weekend and are two games back of USC Upstate in the loss column for sixth. Kennesaw State is led by the trio of Camille Pedraza, Sara Metroka, and Baylee Strachan. Pedraza, the A-Sun Preseason Libero of the Year selection, ranks third in the league with 4.61 digs per set, while Metroka and Strachan rank fourth in assists and hitting percentage. Metroka is averaging 10.35 assists per set and Strachan is hitting a team-best .329.


The Bucs have won four of the last five meetings and lead the all-time series, 8-4, including a sweep over the Owls last month in Kennesaw, Ga. Devine, Gesell, and Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.) fueled the charge in the win back on Oct. 16. Devine finished with 16 kills and 17 digs while hitting .382 and Gesell tied her career mark with 15 kills. Meanwhile, Rutledge ran the offense with by recording 46 of ETSU’s 48 assists. Last year, the Blue and Gold ended Kennesaw State’s season with a five-set win over the Owls in the A-Sun Quarterfinal match inside Lipscomb’s Allen Arena. Sophomore Ivey Rice (Johnson City, Tenn.) finished with a career high 22 kills and a .455 attack percentage, while Williams also generated a career best 55 assists in the win. Devine ended with a double-double (20-kills, 14-digs) and Hardy provided 10 kills and six blocks.


Tuesday’s match is scheduled to be streamed live for free on ASun.TV, while live stats will be offered through ETSUBucs.com. Twitter updates will also be available by following @ETSUAthletics.


  • Meredith Hardy received her first A-Sun Player of the Week award earlier on Monday after averaging 4.12 kills and 2.12 blocks in the wins over FGCU and Stetson last weekend … Hardy also broke the single-season A-Sun record in blocks in conference only matches as her 90 blocks bested Callie Churchwell's (Kennesaw State) record of 88 blocks in 2009
  • The Bucs have won nine of their ten home matches this season, which marks the best home record since ETSU went 9-1 inside Brooks Gym in 2007
  • Megan Devine is two double-doubles shy of passing FGCU’s Jelena Simic for the most in conference only matches … Devine enters Tuesday’s match with 12 double-doubles, while Simic finished the 2009 campaign with 13
  • Megan Devine has recorded double-digit kills in all but one of her 29 games played this season and has registered 10-plus kills in 18 straight matches
  • Freshman Khadijah Wiley (Columbus, Ga.) has posted at least one block in all of her 24 games played this season, while Meredith Hardy’s streak of finishing with at least one block has extended to 55 straight matches
  • The Bucs are currently on pace to break the A-Sun single-season record for blocks per set, which ETSU currently holds with its 2.65 average back in 2010 … in 2012, the Blue and Gold are averaging 2.66 blocks per set and are 47 blocks away from breaking their season record of 339, which was also set in 2010
  • Bethany Gesell has finished with 11 kills in each of her last three matches and has also generated double figures in kills in nine of her last 11 outings

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