|October 14, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
East Tennessee State
- 14||Kills||Katie O'Connor
- 35||Assists||Jo-Leigh Vervelde
Rylee Milhorn - 2
Devan Ingram - 1
Jo-Leigh Vervelde - 1
- 12||Digs||Lucy Lambert
Khadijah Wiley - 3
Braedyn Tutton - 3
|October 16, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
East Tennessee State
- 16||Kills||Sarah Batterton
- 28||Assists||Lauren Greenspoon
Renzey Rice - 1
Ashleigh Shain - 1
Miranda Elpers - 1
Catherine Chason - 1
- 18||Digs||Catherine Chason
- 4||Blocks||Lauren Gainer
|October 17, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
East Tennessee State
Danni Densford - 14
Alex Holland - 14
- 49||Assists||Kristen Favre
Molly Mayo - 1
Danni Densford - 1
Alex Holland - 1
Jessica Graham - 1
- 17||Digs||Ashleigh Shain
- 12||Blocks||Mariah McPartland
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 13, 2015) - The ETSU volleyball team continues Southern Conference action this week with three matches. The Bucs will hit the road for a pair at Western Carolina (Oct. 14) and at Chattanooga (Oct. 16) before returning home to Brooks Gym for a tilt against Wofford (Oct. 17).
Scouting the Buccaneers
The Bucs, who are 13-5 and 4-1 in SoCon play, come into the week on a four-match winning streak, which is the longest active streak in the SoCon. ETSU has been on a roll as of late as it has won nine of its last 10 matches.
ETSU has three players averaging at least 2.90 kills per set this season in Briana Allmon (Flower Mound, Texas), Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Khadijah Wiley (Columbus, Ga.). Setting up the trio has been Kristen Favre (Plano, Texas) who ranks fourth in the conference averaging 10.97 assists per set.
Defensively, the Buccaneers rank second in the conference in opponent hitting percentage (.172) and first in blocks per set (2.35). Wiley leads the way on the block for the Bucs averaging 1.38 blocks per frame and Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) is not far behind averaging 0.86.
Scouting the Opponents
Western Carolina: The Catamounts are looking to get back their winning ways of last season when they went 17-15 overall. This season WCU has lost five straight matches all of which have been conference matches. Individually the Catamounts are led by sophomore Jo-Leigh Vervelde who leads the NCAA with seven triple-doubles this season.
Chattanooga: The Mocs currently lead the SoCon with 16-3 overall record and 5-1 in league play. Like the Bucs, Chattanooga has a varied offense with five players having notched at least 107 kills this season. Setting up all those hitters has been Lauren Greenspoon who is seventh in the nation averaging 11.66 assists per set.
Wofford: Wofford has an up-and-down start to the season so far as it holds a record of 10-11 overall. The Terriers have been led this season by libero Jessica Graham. Graham, the reigning SoCon Defensive Player of the Week, leads the conference in digs with 348 and ranks 33rd nationally in that category.
The Bucs have been on a roll as of late winning nine of their last 10 matches. It is the best 10-match span for the Bucs since the 2013 season when they had a pair of 9-1 stretches.
Khadijah Wiley and Kristen Favre both rank in the top 100 in the nation in a few different categories. Wiley is 26th in blocks per set (1.38) and 36th in total blocks (84), while Favre is 36th in assists per set (10.97) and 94th in total assists (636).
Hitting them where they aren’t
ETSU has a hitting percentage of .241 this season. If the Bucs continue that pace, they will have the second-highest mark of any team in program history. The program record for hitting percentage in the season was set in 2013 when the team hit .247.
Ace up their sleeve
The Bucs rank second in the SoCon averaging 1.66 service aces per set. ETSU has six different players with double-digits in that category. Leading the way have been Briana Allmon and Rylee Milhorn with 19 each.
Since returning to the Southern Conference last season, the Bucs have a record of 15-6 in conference matches, which translates to a .714 winning percentage. The .714 winning percentage is second only to Furman who has won at a .826 clip the past two seasons.
Series History vs. Opponents
ETSU has met Western Carolina and Chattanooga over 50 times through the years. ETSU trails in the all-time series against the Catamounts, 29-30 but holds the advantage over Chattanooga, 31-27.
The history between ETSU and Wofford is far less as they have met just 19 times. The Bucs have won 15 of the 19 meetings, including a 3-0 sweep last season in Johnson City.