|October 28, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
East Tennessee State
- 14||Kills||Khadijah Wiley
- 41||Assists||Alyssa Kvarta
Caitlyn Scioscia - 1
Jo Wilks - 1
Meg DeMaar - 1
- 15||Digs||Hailey Aguilar
Taina Joseph - 2
Jamila Johnson - 2
|October 31, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
East Tennessee State
- 18||Kills||Morgan MacGilvary
- 44||Assists||Hannah Noon
- 4||Aces||Morgan MacGilvary
Rylee Milhorn - 12
- 5||Blocks||Emily Krogman
Paige Alsten - 3
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 27, 2015) - The East Tennessee State University volleyball team has a pair of matches on tap this week. The Bucs host Furman Oct. 28 inside Brooks Gym at 6 p.m. Following its match versus the Paladins, ETSU will open a three-match road swing at Mercer Saturday at 3 p.m.
Scouting the Buccaneers
The Bucs went 1-1 last week in a pair of matches. ETSU swept The Citadel Friday but fell to Western Carolina, 3-2, Saturday. The five-set match against the Catamounts was the first one for the Bucs this season. With the results from the past week, ETSU is 15-8 overall and 6-4 in Southern Conference play, which currently puts it fourth in the league standings.
ETSU’s offense has flown through the trio of Briana Allmon (Flower Mound, Texas), Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Khadijah Wiley (Columbus, Ga.) so far in 2015. Allmon and Milhorn rank third and fifth in the conference, respectively, averaging 3.47 and 3.30 kills per set. Wiley, meanwhile, has been the team’s most efficient attacker with a .269 hitting percentage.
Defensively, the Bucs rank 34th in the nation in opponent’s hitting percentage this season (.163). A large part of that success can be traced to the team’s success on the block. Wiley leads the conference with 104 total blocks, while fellow middle blocker Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) is averaging 0.92 blocks per set (5th in SoCon)
Scouting the Opponents
Furman: Furman enters this week’s action leading the Southern Conference with an 8-2 record. The Paladins, who are 14-6 overall, are led by reigning SoCon Offensive Player of the Week Annie Bierman. Bierman, who has taken home the league’s top offensive honor on three seperate occasions this season, leads the SoCon in kills per set, 4.29.
Setting up Bierman and the rest of the Furman attackers has been senior Jo Wilks. Wilks ranks 22nd nationally averaging 11.26 assists per set. The senior from Union Grove, Wis. has the second-most assists among active Division I players with 4,798.
Mercer: The Bears come into the weekend sporting a 9-13 mark overall and 4-6 in league matches.However, Mercer has been a completely different team when it plays at home as it holds a 7-1 record in its home gym. In comparison, the Bears are 2-12 in away or netural site contests.
Individually, the Bears are paced by Morgan MacGilvary and Paige Alsten. MacGilvary is tenth in the SoCon averaging 2.80 kills per set and is first in the conference with 33 service aces. Alsten, meanwhile, leads all SoCon freshmen with 101 blocks.
ETSU has played on two Wednesdays earlier this season and the results were positive as it posted a 2-0 record. The pair of wins by the Bucs were 3-0 sweeps over UNCG and Western Carolina.
When ETSU hosts Furman Wednesday in Brooks Gym, it will be its 10th match against a team from North or South Carolina this season. In the nine previous matchups, the Bucs hold a record of 5-4.
Fact on Furman
Since returning to the Southern Conference in the fall of 2014, ETSU has defeated every team in the conference except Furman. ETSU’s last win against the Paladins came during the 2013 season.
.250 or better
ETSU has hit .250 or better as a team on nine seperate occasions in 2015 and it has a record of 9-0 in those matches. When the team attacks at a mark below .250, it has a record of 6-8.
With the victory Friday night over The Citadel, the Bucs notched their sixth straight season of at least 15 victories. ETSU has accomplished that feat just once before and that is when it went eight straight seasons (1986-1993) with at least 15 wins.
Series History vs. Opponents
ETSU and Furman have met a total of 48 times in the series history. The Paladins have won the past three meetings and hold a record of 27-21 over ETSU. Furman knocked off ETSU earlier this season in Greenville, S.C., 3-0.
The series history against Mercer isn’t quite as storied as the one against Furman with just 18 all-time meetings. ETSU holds the edge though with an all-time mark of 13-5 against Mercer, which includes a seven-match winning streak. The Bears last defeated ETSU Sept. 18, 2012 in Macon, Ga.