NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 15, 2014) – Coming off a thrilling five-set win over Georgia Tech last Saturday, the ETSU volleyball team returns back to the Music City as the Bucs play at Tennessee State Tuesday night. First serve is set for 7 p.m. EDT inside Kean Hall.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
Despite dropping two of its three matches at the Lipscomb Invitational this past weekend in Nashville, ETSU ended the tournament on a positive note as the Blue and Gold defeated ACC contender Georgia Tech in five sets.
The win over the Yellow Jackets was the third-time the Bucs have defeated Georgia Tech in program history, resulting in the second straight season ETSU has beat a team from one of the “power conferences.” The Blue and Gold defeated Tennessee last season in Knoxville.
ETSU’s two setbacks came against Utah in three and host Lipscomb in four.
Senior Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) was named to the all-tournament team, while she and fellow senior Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.) reached milestones over the weekend. Hardy registered her 1,000th career kill against Utah and Rutledge posted her 3,000th career assist in the win over Georgia Tech. Rutledge became just the fifth player in program history to reach the 3,000-assist plateau.
The Bucs enter Tuesday’s match with a record of 4-6.
ABOUT TENNESSEE STATE
After dropping its first six matches of the season, Tennessee State has won three of its last four and enter Tuesday’s match at 3-7 on the campaign.
The Tigers have defeated Alabama A&M, Wofford and William and Mary during their run, while Tennessee State’s most recent decision was a five-set loss at Clemson on Saturday.
Tennessee State is led by red-shirt senior outside hitter Naomi Wells as she leads the team in kills (3.05 per set) and ranks second in digs (2.78 per set) and blocks (0.54 per set).
Two of the Tigers’ three wins have come in four sets, while five of their seven setbacks have been decided in three.
Tuesday is Tennessee State’s home opener.
Tuesday marks the third all-time meeting between the two programs with ETSU leading the series, 2-0.
The last meeting was back on Sept. 6, 2002, when the Bucs defeated the Tigers at the UAB Tournament in Birmingham.
Tuesday’s match will be broadcast live on OVC Digital Network, while live stats can be accessed via TSUTigers.com
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