JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 29, 2014) – The ETSU volleyball team opens a three-match homestand as the Bucs host Radford Tuesday night inside Brooks Gym. First serve is set for 6 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
ETSU (5-11) snapped its five-match losing skid after earning a road win at Chattanooga last Saturday.
Senior Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) broke ETSU’s all-time blocks record in the win over the Mocs. Hardy broke Jennifer Pennington’s (1993-96) mark as the Kingsport, Tenn. native moved her career total to 542 blocks. The Buccaneer middle blocker also finished with a season-high 19 kills.
Junior Khadijah Wiley (Columbus, Ga.) and senior Ivey Rice (Johnson City, Tenn.) also registered double-digit kills. Wiley ended with a season-high 14 kills and Rice finished with 11.
As a team, the Bucs recorded a season-best 10 service aces, marking the most aces by an ETSU team since Sept. 4, 2010 when the Blue and Gold tallied 11. Senior Katie Muey (Alexandria, Ind.) totaled a career-high six service aces and led all player with 17 digs.
With the win, the Bucs have now won seven of the last eight matches against Chattanooga.
Radford has won three of its last five and enter Tuesday’s match at 10-5 on the year.
Senior Rachel Wiechecki leads the team with 178 kills (3.18 kills per set), while red-shirt junior Megan Short is hitting .340 (90-23-197). The Highlanders offense runs through senior Jena Braden as she ranks seventh in the Big South with 525 assists.
As a team, Radford ranks second in the Big South in opponent hitting percentage (.168) and third in digs per set (15.75).
The Highlanders are 4-0 in five-set matches, while five of their 10 wins have come in three sets.
Radford, which won the 2013 regular-season and tournament championship, was picked to repeat as Big South champions, while Wiechecki was named preseason Player of the Year.
ETSU leads the all-time series, 22-8, while Tuesday’s match marks the first meeting since the Bucs swept Radford back on Nov. 4, 2008, in Johnson City.
The Highlanders won the first-ever meeting back in 1984.
Ivey Rice is 29 kills shy from recording No. 1,000 for her career … Rice has 971 kills for her career.
Katie Muey moved into fifth-place all-time on the ETSU digs list as she has totaled 1,447 digs in 114 career matches played. Muey has played in 442 career sets, which ranks second among NCAA Division I players.
Katie Muey’s 285 digs this season ranks 27th nationally, while Meredith Hardy’s 68 blocks ranks 38th.
Meredith Hardy’s 542 career blocks ranks second among active NCAA Division I players, while she has recorded at least one block in 109 straight matches.
Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.) moved into fourth-place on ETSU’s all-time assists list with 3,104.
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