|September 29, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
- 10||Kills||Nicole Mack
- 17||Assists||Hunter Thompson
- 2||Aces||Meg DeMaar
Marija Popovic - 8
- 7||Blocks||Carris Campbell
|September 30, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
- 10||Kills||Moriah Smith
- 18||Assists||Megan Fuhr
Alyssa Kvarta - 2
Rylee Milhorn - 2
- 16||Digs||Gracie Barnes
Braedyn Tutton - 2
Kalee Vanderhorst - 2
Sarah Dobrich - 3
Zuri Fenderson - 3
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (September 28, 2017) – After returning home for two matches to begin conference play, the Bucs are back out on the road and headed to South Carolina. Up first is Furman on Friday. Following their match, the Bucs will then head to The Citadel to round out the weekend.
LAST TIME OUT: The Bucs have had about a week to rest since last playing UNCG at home. They faced a 3-1 loss to UNCG, but won a 3-1 match against Western Carolina to begin conference play. Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) posted a new career-high of ten kills against UNCG, while adding three blocks. Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) once again paced the Bucs with 14 kills and one dig short of a double-double with nine digs.
ETSU vs. Furman: ETSU has a 23-29 overall record against Furman. In 2016, the Bucs dropped their first conference match to Furman 3-2. Later in the season, ETSU won 3-1 in regular season play and also won 3-1 against Furman in the SoCon Tournament.
ETSU vs. The Citadel: ETSU has not lost a single match against The Citadel dating back to 1998. Last season the Bucs swept the Bulldogs in both meetings.
A LOOK AT ETSU: The Bucs are 1-1 in SoCon play, currently ranking fifth. Five other SoCon opponents hold a 1-1 SoCon record at this point. This past week, Rylee Milhorn was named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week. Milhorn has led the Bucs all season in kills. AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) and Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) have also been steady hitters for the Bucs. The trio has 448 kills combined of the team’s 637 kills. Setter Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) continues to place the ball well with 325 assists, while rookie Lexie Libs (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) has 211 assists. Four Bucs have digs in the hundreds, but leading the team in digs is freshman Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia), the Bucs’ libero. Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) and Braedyn Tutton have been dominant all season for the Bucs in blocking. McPartland ranks second in the SoCon with 1.04 blocks per set.
A LOOK AT FURMAN: Furman is the only team without a conference loss so far. Their first win came from a 3-1 win over Wofford. Furman currently has a 7-7 overall record. They are ranked fourth in kills, just behind ETSU. Jamila Johnson has a 4.30 kills per set average and ranked second in the SoCon. Johnson has 232 kills, while teammate Christen Sikora has 141 kills. Hunter Thompson is Furman’s setter and Meg DeMaar is their libero. DeMaar was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week during the week of Sept. 11. Furman was picked to finish sixth in the Volleyball Preseason Coaches’ Poll receiving 32 votes.
A LOOK AT THE CITADEL: The Citadel is currently 1-2 in SoCon play with a 6-13 overall record. Their win came from a 3-0 win over Samford to begin their conference season. The Bulldogs rank second in the SoCon with 96 service aces. Samantha Espy leads the Bulldogs with 27 service aces, while five others have double-digit numbers. Espy will control the back line for the Bulldogs as she has 531 digs. With 469 kills, Moriah Smith will be one to watch out for on the front line. Sarah Dombrich has 106 blocks out of The Citadel’s 182.5 team blocks. Lastly, Logan Smith is their setter with 769 assists.
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