|September 01, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
- 10||Kills||Leah Clayton
- 25||Assists||Alyssa Kvarta
Megan Wilson - 1
Jane Horner - 1
Kelsey Miller - 13
- 4||Blocks||Mariah McPartland
Boone, N.C. (September 1, 2017) – After coming off a weekend of playing top ranked opponents, the Bucs took what they learned and applied it to their game against Virginia at the Appalachian State Invitational on Friday evening. The Bucs cruised past Virginia in three sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-10) Capturing their first win of the season, ETSU’s Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) led the Bucs with 11 kills, nine digs and one block.
Coach’s Take: “Getting the first win in any season is important. It’s an affirmation that all of our hard work had paid off. I’m proud of the confidence of our team and the patience they’ve had. Today against Virginia, we let the match unfold, which was a specific part of our scouting plan. The whole team impressed me today, they all played great. Everyone’s stats were impressive and our standards for everyone surpassed. Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) had 15 digs, while as a team we had 47. It was exactly what we wanted to do to give our hitters more time to set up. We wanted our team to hit .220-.280 and we hit .321, so we surpassed that goal. We out-blocked Virginia, who is a very good team, which just confirms the good stuff we’ve been practicing. We started the third set at 100% and immediately didn’t allow Virginia to go on any long runs, which just shows our mental toughness. Everyone put up great numbers, our setters had confidence and ran the court well to distribute the ball, and our serve game was exactly what he talked about in practice.”
Set 1: Virginia got off to a 4-0 start to begin the set, but once the Bucs tied the match at 15, there was no stopping them. They went on a 4-0 run to take a 19-16 lead. A 3-0 run helped the Bucs close out the match to a 25-20 win. Three back to back kills by Leah Clayton, AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) and Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) helped the Bucs secure the first set. All three kills were assisted by Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) who finished the match with 22 assists. Freshman Kalee Vanderhorst (Raleigh, N.C.) led the Bucs in this set with five kills. As a team, ETSU finished with a .361 hitting percentage to end the first set.
Set 2: The Bucs continued to roll to win the second set 25-20. Clayton led the Bucs with four kills, while Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.), Vanderhorst, and Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) each had two kills apiece. Aguilar had five digs, which helped the setters control the ball to get perfect attacks for the hitters.
Set 3: There was nothing that was going to stop ETSU win the third set to end the match. They went on a 2-0 run to begin the match and from there, continuously had 3-0 runs in between a Virginia point here and there. Their biggest lead came after a Virginia timeout as the Bucs were dominate in an 18-8 lead. They finished the set with a 4-0 run to close out the match 25-10. Aguilar topped her performance with nine digs in the third set. McPartland went 2-2 with her blocks, which helped the Bucs out-block Virginia 9-7. They also out-hit Virginia in each set as well. Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) appeared in her first match and recorded a service ace. The Bucs had a set high hitting percentage of .481.
.833- Mariah McPartland finished the match with a .833 hitting percentage. She went 5-6 and tallied five blocks, two solo, and three assisted.
.381-AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) had another impressive outing as she had a .381 hitting percentage and tallied nine kills. She also had three block assists.
15-Aguilar had a total of 15 digs in today’s match.
18 and 22-Lexie Libs (Clarksville, Ind.) finished with 18 assists, while Kvarta finished with 22.
Up Next: The Bucs will continue to play in the Appalachian State Invitational tomorrow. They will play Appalachian State at 12:30 p.m. and Towson at 4:00 p.m.
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