|September 30, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
East Tennessee State
- 10||Kills||Briana Allmon
- 28||Assists||Kristen Favre
Julia Westerbur - 1
- 11||Digs||Hailey Aguilar
- 6||Blocks||Khadijah Wiley
|October 03, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
East Tennessee State
- 8||Kills||Rylee Milhorn
- 13||Assists||Kristen Favre
- 1||Aces||Kristen Favre
Rylee Milhorn - 1
- 13||Digs||Hailey Aguilar
Rylee Milhorn - 12
- 7||Blocks||Mariah McPartland
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 29, 2015) - The East Tennessee State University volleyball team returns home to Brooks Gym for a pair of matches this week. The Bucs will take on UNC Greensboro Wednesday at 6 p.m. and will also take on Mercer Saturday at 6 p.m.
Scouting the Buccaneers
ETSU went 2-1 last week in its matches. The Bucs swept Tennessee State, 3-0, last Tuesday in their home opener. Following its win over the Tigers, the Bucs opened Southern Conference play on the road at Furman and The Citadel. In those pair of matches, the Bucs went 1-1 with a 3-0 loss to the Paladins and a 3-1 victory versus the Bulldogs.
Despite the setback against the Paladins, the Buccaneers have been playing well as of late as they have a 9-3 record since the season’s opening weekend. ETSU’s offense has mainly run through the trio of Briana Allmon (Flower Mound, Texas), Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Khadijah Wiley (Columbus, Ga.). All three players, who have averaged at least 2.87 kills per set, have been set up this season by junior Kristen Favre (Plano, Texas). Favre currently ranks fourth in the conference averaging 10.67 assists per set.
Defensively, ETSU has held its opponents to the third-lowest attacking percentage in the SoCon (.228). A large part of that has been the team’s work on the block as it leads the conference in denials (126.5). Wiley leads the conference with 75.0 total blocks.
Scouting the Opponents
UNCG: The Spartans enter the week being one of only three teams in the SoCon to reach double digits in the win column with ETSU (10) and Chattanooga (13) being the other two. UNCG also has one of the top offensive players and defensive players in the league. Ashley Muench is second in the conference averaging 3.61 kills per set, while senior Katerine Santiago leads the league averaging 4.84 digs per set. Santiago, who has 281 digs overall, is 31st in the nation in that category.
Mercer: Mecer, which is 4-9 overall and 0-2 in league play in 2015, are led by former South Carolina and Stanford assistant coach, Damian Elder. Elder, who is in his fourth year at the helm, has a young squad this season as 10 of the 15 players on the roster are underclassmen. Despite the youth, the Bears are led by junior Tori Penrod. Penrod is second in the SoCon in digs per set (4.74), while ranking seventh nationally averaging 0.54 service aces per set.
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 five games above the .500 mark, which is their highest since the 2013 season.
Home Sweet Home
The Bucs will have a pair of home matches this week and they have enjoyed quite a bit of success on their home court in recent memory. ETSU has a 29-3 record inside Brooks Gym since the beginning of the 2012 season.
ETSU players have accounted for 12 double-doubles so far this season. Milhorn leads the way with seven, while Allmon has four and Favre has one.
The Bucs have won 10 of the 15 first sets they have played in 2015. When ETSU takes the first set it is 9-1 compared to 1-4 when it doesn’t.
Serve it up
The Buccaneers currently lead the SoCon in team service aces with 89. The 89 aces rank 43rd nationally. Individually, Milhorn leads the squad with 16 aces, but five other players have accounted for at least 13.
Series History vs. Opponents
The Bucs hold the edge in the all-time series against their two opponents this week. ETSU leads the series versus UNCG, 13-5, however the Spartans won the meeting last season, 3-1. In the series versus the Bears, the Bucs lead 12-5 including a 3-1 win in 2014.