|September 16, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
- 10||Kills||Ester Talamazzi
- 19||Assists||Rhegan Mitchell
Aya Lechin - 2
Abby McKinzie - 2
- 14||Digs||Carol Raffety
- 5||Blocks||Cara Cunningham
Jaila Tolbert - 2
BLACKSBURG, Va. (September 16, 2017) – The ETSU volleyball team swept ACC opponent Virginia Tech in three sets (25-20, 25-19, 25-14) at the Hokie Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. This is the second time this season the Bucs have swept an opponent in three sets. Junior middle blocker, Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) was named to the Hokie Invitational All-Tournament team. Tutton finished the tournament with six kills and 13 blocks. Junior setter Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) led the Bucs with a double-double as she finished the match with 17 assists and 12 digs.
Coach’s take: “Every player embraced their role. We rebounded from yesterday. Everyone was very disciplined. We had a game plan and the girls executed that game plan to a T.”
Coach’s take on Braedyn Tutton being name to the All-Tournament team: “All weekend she worked hard on being a middle blocker. Her role of blocking was incredible and when she got chances offensively, she helped and opened options for everyone around her. Braedyn understood her role and played very well all weekend.”
Set 1: ETSU began the set with an early 2-0 lead. Junior Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) gave the Bucs a great start with her kill. The Hokies tied the match, but the Bucs went on a 3-0 run to gain a lead. The Hokies continued to get points here and there, but once ETSU went on a straight 9-0 run, there was nothing that could stop them. All nine points were from Kvarta’s serves. During this stint, Virginia Tech committed six attack errors. The Bucs once again went on a 5-0 run to extend their lead even further. The Hokies fought, but Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) secured the set with a kill.
Set 2: The Bucs got off to a 3-0 start, but the Hokies shortly tied the set at 3-3. Outside hitters, Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.), Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.), and AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) buried the ball with four consecutive kills. Another 5-0 run gave the Bucs the lead after Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) served four times in a row. ETSU continued to build their lead from kills along with the Hokies’ attack errors. Clayton gave the Bucs their final kill of the set to give the Bucs a nice 2-0 lead in the match.
Set 3: The Bucs came to play today and there was no way of stopping their momentum. Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) set the tone with five consecutive serves as ETSU took an early 6-0 lead. The Hokies were unable to stop ETSU’s front line as they kept pounding the ball and picking up points of their kills.
Leah Clayton finished the match with a team-high of ten kills. Lux and Milhorn both finished with nine.
Kvarta finished with 19 assists, while Lexie Libs (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) finished with 12.
Marija Popovic led the team with 14 digs. Two other Bucs finished the match with double-digit digs. Kvarta had 12, while Milhorn had ten.
Braedyn Tutton had the team-high of five blocks today. As a team, the Bucs out-blocked the Hokies 8-3.
Up Next: ETSU will finally return to Johnson City for their home opener on Tuesday, September 19. They will begin the conference slate of their season as they host Western Carolina.
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