|September 08, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
Rylee Milhorn - 15
KOWALKOWSKI - 2
CERINO - 2
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (September 8, 2017) – ETSU faced a top ranked opponent on Friday afternoon at the E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky. Western Kentucky was ranked 24 in the nation last week. Through four sets, the Bucs fell to Western Kentucky (21-25, 25-21, 19-25, 13-25). AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) and Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) paced the Bucs with 15 kills each. They both finished the match with a .333 hitting percentage as well. Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) had the team-high of 32 assists throughout the match.
Coach’s Take: “We had some really good moments throughout the match and these opportunities only help us to get better. For these games, we need to be mentally sharp. At times we followed our game plan, but when Western Kentucky builds momentum, we need to stop them early on or else they’ll build and build and they are hard to slow down. We are going to keep learning and use these reference points for us. It’s been a tough preseason, but it’s going to pay dividends in the long run.”
Coach’s take about right-side hitters: “They did a great job with the first sets and were tough. They worked hard to get available. We realize what they’re capable of. With Kalee (Vanderhorst) only being a freshman, she’ll get more experience and continue to build. With AJ, she continues to get better with every swing and she keeps moving forward to get better.
Coach’s take on Mariah McPartland’s blocking: “Mariah has a high volleyball IQ, which allows her to set herself to be in a great spot for blocking. She worked hard on the net throughout the match and she continues to be a strong, smart volleyball player. She’s really working hard to exceed her play.”
Set 1: Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) was all over the court today as she was hitting from just about every spot. With her and Lux powering the right side, the Tops were unable to stop the duo. Despite the set loss, the Bucs out-hit the Tops with a .400 hitting percentage. The Bucs only committed three errors throughout the first set, but were unable to come up with the win. ETSU was out of their serve rotation and received an eight second violation to give the Tops’ their set point at 24-21. The Tops ended the first set with a service ace.
Set 2: The Bucs took the second set 25-21. They went on a 4-0 run to begin the set. Again Lux and Clayton dominated the right side as they each had four kills apiece. Senior Milhorn dominated the set finishing with seven kills and six digs. The Bucs remained steady and in charge of the second set. They recorded a .417 hitting percentage and out-killed the Tops 20-10.
Set 3: ETSU was ahead throughout the entire set until the Tops tied the match at 18. Western Kentucky went on a 10-0 run from the serves of Sydney Engle. AJ Lux ended their run with a kill to make the score 24-19. Lux finished the third set with five kills. There were four ties and two lead changes throughout this set as each team battled for a win.
Set 4: The Tops has control of the entire set, forcing the Bucs to a .037 hitting percentage. The Bucs did out-block the Tops during this set with 4.5 blocks, with the help of Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa). McPartland had six blocks to finish the match, which is hew new career-high. Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) led the team with four digs in the fourth set and finished the match with a team-high of nine digs.
Up Next: The Bucs will play two matches tomorrow. They will play Saint Louis at noon and Pittsburgh at 4:00 p.m., all times in Eastern.
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