|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
GREENVILLE, S.C. (September 28, 2017) – Through a tight battle in each set, the Bucs dropped a 3-0 match (17-25, 22-25, 23-25) to Furman on Saturday night at Alley Gymnasium in Greenville, S.C. Middle blocker Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) kept the Bucs in each set as she finished with eight kills and a team-high of seven blocks. The Bucs out-blocked the Paladins 10-8. Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) led the Bucs with ten kills, while Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) had nine. Setters Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) and Lexie Libs (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) finished with double-digit assists. Lastly, Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) and Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) each had eight digs.
Set 1: The beginning of the set was a back and forth battle. Furman took the first point, but Leah Clayton saw a soft spot on Furman’s coverage and tied the set right away. Furman ended up getting a point back, but defending SoCon Offensive Player of the Week, Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) tied the match with her powerful kill that played off two different Furman players. Milhorn continued to make her presence known with two more kills. To tie the set at six, Clayton chipped in another kill. Furman took a 3-0 lead, before Clayton gave the Bucs a point off a kill that Furman could not block and went out of bounds. Braedyn Tutton then put the Bucs within one after she placed the ball in the hole for a kill. After some strong defensive plays by the Paladins and a few miscues by the Bucs, Furman went on a 6-0 run and continued to build. ETSU got two points in a row, one off a Milhorn kill to cut the deficit to five. A big block by AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) and Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) cut the deficit to four, but Furman took control of the second half of the set. Clayton picked up two more kills to make the set 22-16, but Furman continued to get points and ended the set with a kill.
Set 2: Clayton began the set with a kill to give the Bucs their first point. After two Furman errors, the Bucs led the set 3-0, before Furman won the next four points. Milhorn picked up another kill to tie the set at four. The Paladins went on a 2-0 run, before Lux made the set 5-7 after smashing the ball in the gap. Kalee Vanderhorst (Raleigh, N.C.) then registered her first kill of the set to cut the score 7-8. Clayton put the Bucs within one with another kill, as Vanderhorst and Tutton came up with a big block to tie the set at nine. Vanderhorst tied the set at ten, while Clayton tied the set at 11, both with kills. After an extended rally, Tutton recorded a big kill for the Bucs, to once again tie the set. Furman went on a 3-0 run before Milhorn stopped it with a kill to make the set 15-13. Libs put them within one with her second service ace of the match. ETSU was able to keep within Furman by one or two throughout the entire set. To tie the set for the sixth time (18-18), Tutton once again helped the Bucs again with another kill. The Paladins got back to back kills, before Tutton smashed the ball to put the Bucs back within one once again. Furman chipped in a few points to get a lead, but ended the set with back to back kills.
Set 3: Furman took the first point, but Hailey Aguilar took over at ETSU’s libero, making an incredible save to allow Tutton to tie the set. A Furman attack error, and an ace by Clayton gave the Bucs two more points. The Bucs continued to build with back to back kills by Vanderhorst and Milhorn, but Furman went on a 3-0 run to tie the set at six. Two Furman service errors put the Bucs ahead. To keep their two-point lead, Tutton and Lux combined for a big rejection. From there, both teams committed seven errors in a row to go back and forth between points. Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) picked up her first kill to put an end to the errors. The set was tied at 11, 12, and 13, before Furman went on a 3-0 run. Milhorn stopped their run with a kill. Tutton and Clayton helped the Bucs with a huge block that led to a 4-0 run by the Bucs to tie the set at 20. To tie the set at 21, Tutton threw down yet another massive kill. She continued to stay on fire with two back to back block assists to give the Bucs a 23-21 lead. At this point, Furman called a timeout after ETSU went on a 7-1 tear. Coming out of their timeout, the Paladins secured four kills in a row to win the set.
Up Next: ETSU travels to The Citadel for a Saturday afternoon match. The match is set for 2:00 p.m.
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