|October 09, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
East Tennessee State
- 17||Kills||Krista Boesing
- 37||Assists||Erika Pifer
- 4||Aces||Kate Neisler
Erika Pifer - 2
- 8||Digs||Mattie Newson
- 4||Blocks||Emily Meitz
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 8, 2015) - The East Tennessee State University volleyball team will travel to Birmingham, Ala. Friday to take on Samford. The first serve against the Bulldogs is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Scouting the Buccaneers
ETSU, now 12-5 and 3-1 in conference play, was a perfect 2-0 last week at home. The Bucs picked up a pair of 3-0 victories over UNCG Sept. 30 and Mercer Oct. 3. With the home victories, the Bucs are 31-3 at Brooks Gym since the beginning of 2012. In addition to the victories against the Spartans and Bears, the Buccaneers have been on a roll as of late with 11 victories in their last 14 matches. Among the 11 wins are seven 3-0 sweeps.
ETSU’s offense has been powered for the most part this season by the trio of Briana Allmon (Flower Mound, Texas), Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Khadijah Wiley (Columbus, Ga.). All three players rank in the top 10 in the SoCon for kills per set with rankings of fourth, fifth and ninth, respectively. Setting up ETSU’s offense has been junior setter Kristen Favre (Plano, Texas). Favre has stepped up her game in conference play as she is second among SoCon setters with 150 assists in SoCon action.
The Bucs have held opponents to a .167 hitting percentage this season and a large part of that has to do with their work on the block. ETSU leads the conference averaging 2.37 blocks per set, which ranks 71st nationally. Individually, the Bucs have a pair of players in the top 10 in the SoCon in blocks per set in Wiley (1st, 1.38) and Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) (0.87, 4th).
Scouting the Opponents
Samford: The Bulldogs are led by eighth-year head coach Derek Schroeder. Schroeder has a record of 161-80, which translates to a .668 winning percentage. Schroeder’s .668 winning percentage is the highest among the SoCon head coaches.
Schroeder’s 2015 Bulldog squad is currently 7-6 overall and 2-1 in Southern Conference play. Samford has held its opponents to an .158 hitting percentage in conference play, which is the second-lowest in the league. The Bulldogs have also been a threat from the service line averaging 1.90 aces per set in SoCon matches.
Individually, the Bulldogs have been led by Erin Bognar who is averaging 3.48 kills per set. Defensively Samford is led by Morgan St. Germain. St. Germain, who was named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 31, is averaging 3.79 digs 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 seven games above the .500 mark, which is their highest since the 2013 season.
The ETSU volleyball team was honored three different occasions this week. Khadijah Wiley was recognized Monday as the SoCon’s Defensive Player of the Month. Briana Allmon was honored twice as she took home SoCon Offensive Player of the Week and SoCon Student-Athlete of the Week accolades.
Freshman fitting in
Freshman libero Hailey Aguilar (Oswego, Ill.) has proved to be one of the top defenders in the conference so far in her freshman season. Aguilar leads all SoCon freshmen in digs (230) and digs per set (3.97). Her digs per set mark ranks seventh in the league among all players.
The Bucs have not played a five-set match yet this season. ETSU holds a record of 7-3 in three-set matches and 5-2 in four-set matches this season.
Briana Allmon has stepped up her game since the team has gotten into conference play as she has more kills than any other SoCon player so far (60, 4.62 per set). Allmon has been accurate on the attack as well hitting at a .376 clip in league matches.
Series History vs. Opponents
The Bucs and Bulldogs have only met two times previously and both meetings came last season. Both teams came away with victories on their respective home courts.