|September 19, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
- 12||Kills||Leah Clayton
- 49||Assists||Alyssa Kvarta
- 1||Aces||AJ Lux
Rylee Milhorn - 1
- 19||Digs||Marija Popovic
- 10||Blocks||Mariah McPartland
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (September 18, 2017) – After a long and tough preseason, the Bucs will finally return home to host Western Carolina in their home opener. This will also be the beginning of the 16 regular season Southern Conference games. Prior to the match, ETSU will honor the three Bucs who have reached their 1,000 career milestones.
LAST TIME OUT: It was an exciting weekend for the Bucs who finished second at the Hokie Invitational. Despite dropping a five-set match to Radford, senior Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) recorded a new career-high of 24 kills with her third double-double of the season. Her 13 digs also earned her 1,000 career-digs. Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) also posted a double-double against Radford with 24 assists and ten digs. Her assists helped her reach 1,000 career-assists. Lastly, Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) recorded her 1,000 career-dig after finishing the match with ten digs. The Bucs also swept ACC opponent Virginia Tech to conclude the tournament.
SERIES HISTORY: ETSU and Western Carolina have a long history that dates back to 1984 when ETSU won 3-0. The last time the Bucs hosted Western Carolina, they battled through a five-set match to win 3-2. Their last meeting was at Western Carolina where the Bucs swept them in three sets. ETSU currently holds the overall record of 32-31.
A LOOK AT ETSU: The Bucs are currently ranked first in blocks per set and team total blocks in the SoCon. Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) is currently ranked first in the SoCon for blocks per set. McPartland leads the team in blocks, but not far behind is Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) who was named to the Hokie Invitational All-Tournament team. Three outside hitters lead the Bucs on the front line with 100 plus kills; Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.), AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) and Milhorn. Setter Kvarta already has over 250 assists, while rookie Lexie Libs (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) has 167 digs. Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) has been a defensive force for the Bucs as well as their main libero.
A LOOK AT WESTERN CAROLINA: Western Carolina received 16 votes in the Preseason Coaches’ Poll this year as they were expected to finish eighth. They are currently fifth with a 5-8 record. Abigail Veit and Gabby Gray are WCU’s primary hitters as they both have kills in the 100s. WCU’s setter is Jo-Leigh VerVelde with 253 kills and Meagan Sancez has 144 digs as WCU’s libero. WCU has six different blockers who have double-digit blocks. Western Carolina is led by Karen Glover who enters her seventh season as head coach of the Catamounts.
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