|September 22, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
East Tennessee State
- 8||Kills||Briana Allmon
Rylee Milhorn - 12
- 20||Assists||Kristen Favre
PATTERSON - 1
HALTERMAN - 1
- 10||Digs||Briana Allmon
GRAHAM - 4
|September 25, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
East Tennessee State
- 10||Kills||Annie Bierman
- 23||Assists||Jo Wilks
- 2||Aces||Caitlyn Scioscia
- 9||Digs||Annie Bierman
- 5||Blocks||Carris Campbell
|September 26, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
East Tennessee State
- 21||Kills||Moriah Smith
- 51||Assists||Rachel Keefer
Rylee Milhorn - 1
Bailey Kernodle - 1
Dominique Williams - 1
Rachel Keefer - 1
Logan Smith - 1
- 19||Digs||Moriah Smith
Mariah McPartland - 3
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 21, 2015) - The East Tennessee State University volleyball team has three matches on tap for this week. The Bucs host Tennessee State in their home opener Tuesday at 5 p.m. ETSU also opens conference play this weekend when it travels to Furman and The Citadel. First serves for both of the road matches are scheduled for 6 p.m.
Scouting the Buccaneers
The Bucs are fresh off a 3-0 weekend at the Comfort Inn-Vitational in Morehead, Ky. With the 3-0 mark, ETSU won its first non-conference tournament title since 2011. With the three wins, ETSU comes into the week with an 8-4 record.
After beginning the season, 1-2 the Bucs are 7-2 in their last nine matches. Leading the way for ETSU has been sophomore Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) who not only leads the team in kills (142) but also ranks second on the squad with 115 digs. Defensively, Khadijah Wiley (Columbus, Ga.) paces the Bucs averaging 1.48 blocks per set and freshman Hailey Aguilar (Oswego, Ill.) leads the team with 166 digs. (3.95 d/s)
Scouting the Opponents
Tennessee State: The Tigers will come to Johnson City Tuesday evening with a 5-6 record. Tennessee State has nearly reached its win total from last season already (7 wins in 2014). Individually the Tigers are led by the duo of Chloe Watson and Madison Halterman. Watson has accounted for nearly 30 percent of the team’s kills so far in 2015 (125 of 443), while Halterman is ranks second in the Ohio Valley Conference averaging 4.54 digs per set.
Furman: Furman was picked as the conference’s co-favorite in the preseason with Samford and has a record of 6-4 so far this season. The Paladins have a trio of players that rank in the top 40 nationally in statistical categories. Setter Jo Wilks is 35th in assists per set (10.95), Carris Campbell is 32nd in hitting percentage (.421) and Annie Bierman is 40th in kills per set (4.08).
The Citadel: Like Tennessee State, The Citadel has nearly reached its win total from 2014 in 2015 (8 wins in 2014). Despite having a 5-10 record, the Bulldogs lead the SoCon in several categories including: kills, assists, digs and attacks. The Bulldogs top player so far in 2015 has been Moriah Smith. Smith, a sophomore from Durham, N.C., leads the conference in kills with 215 and ranks 21st nationally in that category.
This season ETSU will try to acommplish something that it has only done one other time during its history and that is have a winning record for four consecutive seasons. The only other time the team did that it reeled off seven straight winning campaigns from 1987-1993. The Bucs are off to a good start in achieving that as they are four games above the .500 mark, which is their highest since the 2013 season.
All about the hardware
Last weekend the Bucs earned their first non-conference tournament championship since 2011. In addition to the team’s success, three individuals earned awards as well. Rylee Milhorn was named the tournament’s MVP, Kristen Favre (Plano, Texas) was named to the All-Tournament team and Khadijah Wiley was named to the All-Tournament team and the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week.
Khadijah Wiley currently leads the conference with 62 blocks. Wiley’s 62 blocks are also the 19th most in the nation.
Home Sweet Home
Tuesday the Bucs will open their home schedule vs. Tennessee State. ETSU has enjoyed quite a bit of success on its home court as it is 28-3 inside Brooks Gym over the past three seasons.
The Bucs open conference play Friday at Furman. ETSU is 7-5 under Head Coach Lindsey Devine in conference openers.
Series History vs. Opponents
Despite residing in the same state, the Bucs and Tigers have only met three times previously. TSU won the last meeting in 2013 but the Bucs hold a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series.
Furman holds a 26-21 edge over ETSU in the all-time series including a victory last season in Johnson City, Tenn., 3-0. On the flip side of the coin, the Bucs have never lost to The Citadel in 13 previousmeetings.