August 19, 20171st2nd3rd4th5thFinal
.129Hitting Pct..123
147Total Attacks162
KillsAJ Lux - 15
Rylee Milhorn - 15
AssistsAlyssa Kvarta - 25
BERG - 1
AcesAJ Lux - 2
DigsLeah Clayton - 17
BlocksMariah McPartland - 8
Bucs battle to win five-set match over Charlotte
Bucs battle to win five-set match over Charlotte
Saturday, August 19, 2017

ETSU won the first, third, and fifth set to take the win

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 19, 2017)– The ETSU volleyball team kicked off the start of the 2017 season with a 3-2 win over Charlotte for a preseason scrimmage in Brooks Gym on Saturday afternoon. The Bucs took the first set (25-23), the third set (25-20), and the fifth set (15-12) to win an intense battle over the 49ers.

Head coach Lindsey Devine said “It was a great opportunity to compete against another team. We were able to put together different lineups out on the court with the emphasis on the standards we have established in our practices. Overall, I was very impressed by the way the team passed out of serve receive. Our setters did a great job of getting one on one opportunities with our attackers. It was a great start to the season.”

Set 1: ETSU earned the serve as Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) gave the Bucs a 2-0 lead right off the bat. It was a back and forth battle between the Bucs and the 49ers throughout the entire set. The Bucs fell behind 15-1, but transitioned to take the lead after a kill from Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) and a block error on the 49ers’ Tatyana Thomas. ETSU tied the set at 17 after a fantastic block effort by Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) and AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.). The Bucs fell behind, but gained back control to tie the set yet again at 22-22 after a blocking error off of Rylee Milhorn’s (Kingsport, Tenn.) kill. Milhorn came through again with another kill to make the score 24-23, but the Bucs’ pulled through with Jannelle Curtiss’ attack error of Massey’s serve.

Set 2: The Bucs faced an early 10-4 deficit right from the beginning, but slowly fought their way back the entire set. Despite posting a .242 attack by set percentage, the Bucs fell 25-19. Freshmen Lexie Libs (Clarksville, Ind.) and Kalee Vanderhorst (Raleigh, N.C.) were able to get some college experience under their belt. Libs had four digs, while Vanderhorst and Aya Lechin (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) had two.

Set 3: Another close battle occurred in the third set after the Bucs took the match lead with a 25-20 set win. Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) led the set with four digs. Juniors AJ Lux and Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) were impressive as Lux had six kills and Tutton had four. ETSU outscored the 49ers with a 13-9 attack ratio in the third set. One of Lux’s kill was her final attack to win the set.

Set 4: After the Bucs gained the lead once again, the 49ers were not done yet as they took the set with a 25-20 win. The Bucs started off hot gaining a 12-6 win. Lexie Libs was on a roll setting her teammates up for kills. Kaela Massey, Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa), and Leah Clayton all had three kills throughout the set. Five attack errors in a row haunted the Bucs as the 49ers tied the set. From there, the Bucs were unable to gain control back as they finished with eight errors in this set.

Set 5: With the match tied, both teams were hungry for a win. Mariah McPartland went 2-2 for her blocks, which helped the Bucs to a 15-12 win. AJ Lux came through for the Bucs again finishing the fifth set with three attacks, and her third attack winning the match for the Bucs. Throughout the fifth set, attack errors hurt both teams, but the Bucs were able to push through.

Key Stats:

56- The Bucs finished today’s match with 56 total kills. AJ Lux and Rylee Milhorn tied for the team high of 15 kills.

17- Newcomer Leah Clayton led the team with 17 digs today. Hailey Aguilar was close behind and finished with 12.

.500- Braedyn Tutton went .500 on her kills per attempt average. She attempted eight, while having while four kills.

13- The Bucs as a team finished with 13 blocks on the day. Mariah McPartland led the team in block assists with five.

Up Next: ETSU will have a week to prepare for the Lipscomb Preseason Tournament. They will take on Lipscomb, Arizona, and Wichita State next weekend to officially begin the 2017 season.



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