|November 21, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
East Tennessee State
- 23||Kills||Erin Bognar
- 50||Assists||Taylor Anderton
- 3||Aces||Kate Neisler
- 28||Digs||Erin Bognar
Mariah McPartland - 5
|November 22, 2015||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
East Tennessee State
- 12||Kills||Allie Davenport
- 42||Assists||Madison Bergren
Rylee Milhorn - 3
Madison Bergren - 1
- 16||Digs||Catherine Chason
Khadijah Wiley - 6
The ETSU volleyball team will head to Cullowhee, N.C. this weekend for the Southern Conference Tournament. The Bucs, who are the No. 5 seed, will take on the No. 4 seed Samford Saturday at the Ramsey Center. First serve between the Bucs and Bulldogs is scheduled for noon.
Scouting the Buccaneers
ETSU comes into this weekend on a two-match losing skid as it dropped matches to Chattanooga, 3-2, and Samford, 3-1, last week. Despite the pair of losses, the Bucs come into the conference tournament with their most wins (18) since 2013 when they had 22 victories.
The Bucs’ offense has run through primarily four players this season. Setting everything up has been Kristen Favre (Plano, Texas) who has reached at least 40 assists in 11 matches this season. Favre has set up the trio of Briana Allmon (Flower Mound, Texas), Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Khadijah Wiley (Columbus, Ga.) all season long as all three players have 282 or more kills on the season. Allmon and Milhorn rank fourth and sixth in the SoCon in total kills, while Wiley is tenth in the conference with a .277 hitting percentage.
Defensively, the Bucs have held opponents to a .140 hitting percentage, which ranks 40th in the nation. A large part of that success can be traced to the team’s work on the block as they lead the conference averaging 2.31 blocks per set. Wiley paces the effort on the block averaging 1.30 per frame, while freshman Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) is seventh in the conference tallying 0.82 blocks per set. In addition to Wiley and McPartland, freshman Hailey Aguilar (Oswego, Ill.) has also been a key part of the Buc defense as she leads all SoCon freshmen averaging 4.01 digs per set.
Scouting the Opponents
Samford: Samford, which won the SoCon tournament last season, will look to keep its seven-match winning streak alive this weekend in Cullowhee. The Bulldogs are a potent offensive team as they rank in the upper half of the conference in hitting percentage (3rd), assists (4th), kills (4th), and service aces (4th).
ETSU has sealed a winning season in 2015 with an 18-11 record overall. It is the fifth time in six seasons that the Bucs have had a winning record. The only time in program history that this was done before was between 1987 and 1993 when the team reeled off seven consecutive winning seasons.
A week after sweeping the SoCon weekly awards, the ETSU volleyball team had four players earn all-conference accolades Wednesday. Khadijah Wiley and Rylee Milhorn were both named to the All-SoCon First Team, while Briana Allmon and Hailey Aguilar took home All-SoCon Second Team and All-SoCon Freshman Team honors, respectively. The four all-conference awards are the most for the program since 2006 when it also had four.
The Bucs have done well jumping on their opponents early this season as they have won 21 of the 29 first sets they have played. They are also outscoring opponents in the first by 72 points (682-610).
Conference Tournament History
ETSU has an all-time record of 22-26 in conference tournaments, including a 15-19 mark in the SoCon tournament. The Bucs have won three conference tournament titles with last coming in 2012 when they competed in the Atlantic Sun. The last SoCon tournament championship for the Bucs came in 1992.
Put it in Neutral
Saturday will be ETSU’s ninth neutral site match in 2015. The Bucs have a 7-1 record in the previous eight matches with the only loss coming Aug. 29 against Washington State.
Series History vs. Opponents
The Bucs and Bulldogs have met just four times previously and all have been in the last two seasons. The four meetings are split right down the middle 2-2. This season, both teams won on the other’s home court.
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