|August 25, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Rylee Milhorn - 7
EMMANUELLI - 1
COFFEY - 2
|August 26, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
- 17||Kills||Rylee Milhorn
- 41||Assists||Alyssa Kvarta
- 4||Aces||Rylee Milhorn
- 16||Digs||Leah Clayton
Hailey Aguilar - 13
Spriggs - 5
Kaela Massey - 2
|August 26, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Rylee Milhorn - 9
Lexie Libs - 16
Alyssa Kvarta - 1
Mariah McPartland - 1
Leah Clayton - 1
AJ Lux - 1
LEHMAN - 5
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 24, 2017) – The ETSU volleyball team will officially begin their 2017 season as they head to Nashville, Tenn. for the LUV Invitational Preseason Tournament. The Bucs will face three opponents, all who have made it to the 2016 NCAA Tournament last season; Lipscomb, Arizona, and Wichita State during a two-day period. Belmont and Middle Tennessee are also attending this tournament, but the Bucs will not face them.
TOURNAMENT CENTRAL: (all times in ET)
August 25 | 7:30 PM | Lipscomb | Live stats: http://statb.us/b/184493
August 26 | 11:00 AM | Arizona | Live stats: http://statb.us/b/184494
August 26 | 6:00 PM | Wichita State | Live stats: http://statb.us/b/184496
LAST TIME OUT: The Bucs hit the court last Saturday as they hosted Charlotte for a preseason scrimmage. After battling through a five-set match, the Bucs were able to capture their first 2017 outing on a high note. AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) led the Bucs with .297 kill percentage, while sophomore transfer Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) led the Bucs with 17 digs. Setters Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) had 25 assists, while freshman Lexie Libs (Clarksville, Ind.) had 21 assists. As a team, ETSU finished the first scrimmage with 13 blocks, 56 kills, and 42 digs.
SERIES HISTORY: ETSU vs. Lipscomb: Lipscomb holds the all-time record over ETSU with a 13-8 win-loss ratio. The last time both teams met was in 2014 and Lipscomb won the match 3-1.
ETSU vs. Arizona: Both teams will meet for the first time this weekend.
ETSU vs. Wichita State: ETSU and Wichita State have only played each other once, back in 2013. Wichita State outscored the Bucs 3-0.
A LOOK AT ETSU: ETSU is coming off of a very successful season as they were the 2016 SoCon regular season champions. They were just recently voted to win the conference tournament in the SoCon Preseason Poll, while Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) and AJ Lux were named to the Preseason All-SoCon squad.
In addition to Milhorn and Lux, the Bucs return a wealth of experience, including three newcomers. Leah Clayton adds depth to the Bucs lineup as a powerful outside hitter to help Milhorn and Lux. Freshman Kalee Vanderhorst (Raleigh, N.C) will get mixed in as well.
Alyssa Kvarta will be the Bucs’ main setter, with the help of freshman Lexie Libs. Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) and Aya Lechin (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) will split time as the liberos. Aguilar was the main libero last season and will most likely continue that role. On the front line, the Bucs return three middle blockers; Mariah McPartland (Boone Iowa), Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario), and Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.).
A LOOK AT LIPSCOMB: Lipscomb opened their season with a 4-1 win over Tennessee last weekend. They are coming off of an impressive 22-8 season after winning the ASUN championship. They moved on to the NCAA Tournament, but were swept by Kansas State in the first round. This year, they were tabbed the preseason favorite, and junior outside hitter, Carlyle Nusbaum was named the ASUN Preseason Player of the Year. She earned the ASUN Player of the Year title last season, along with Tournament MVP honors. Lipscomb holds a 15 girl roster, while returning 11, and bringing in four freshmen.
A LOOK AT ARIZONA: Arizona also comes off an impressive 2016 season. They beat Cleveland State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and Michigan State in the second round. They made it to the NCAA Regional, but were swept by Washington. The Wildcats have had 28 NCAA Tournament appearances, eight Sweet 16s, four Elite 8s, was a Final 4 contestant in 2001, and Pac-10 Co-Champions in 2000. The Wildcats were slotted 24th in the AVCA Preseason Rankings and have the 12th ranked nationally top recruited freshmen class.
A LOOK AT WICHITA STATE: Wichita State holstered a 24-8 record last season, while also making it to the NCAA Tournament. They won their conference to move on to the first round, but lost 3-1 to TCU. The Shockers have a 25 deep roster and they were picked first in the American Preseason Poll. Senior middle blocker Abbie Lehman and senior setter Emily Hiebert were both named to the Preseason All-Conference team. The Shockers also received seven votes in the AVCA Preseason Poll.
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