|October 20, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
- 17||Kills||Ashley Muench
- 28||Assists||Allison Penner
- 3||Aces||Anna Romaniszyn
- 34||Digs||Christina Gregory
- 11||Blocks||Annchara Montgomery
|October 22, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
- 20||Kills||Gabby Gray
- 30||Assists||Jo-Leigh VerVelde
- 3||Aces||Jo-Leigh VerVelde
- 34||Digs||Meagan Sanchez
- 5||Blocks||Aleah Keaton
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (October 19, 2017) – The Bucs will continue their longest SoCon road stint of the season as they travel to UNCG and Western Carolina this weekend. They will take on UNCG on Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m. and then will face Western Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 2:00 p.m. The Bucs opened the SoCon schedule with these two teams and now will begin the second half of conference play.
LAST TIME OUT: ETSU is coming off two road wins against Chattanooga and Wofford, helping them win their fifth straight match. ETSU’s defense really came alive throughout these matches. They had 18 blocks against Chattanooga and 14 against Wofford. Three Bucs recorded new career-high’s during these matches as well. Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) each picked up ten blocks to give them a new personal best. Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) had 32 digs with the 3-2 win over Chattanooga. She was just ten digs away from tying the ETSU all-time record of digs in a five-set match.
ETSU vs. UNCG: The Bucs lead the all-time series 18-11. UNCG gave the Bucs their first SoCon loss of the season on Sept. 22 as they dropped the match 3-1. Last season both teams split the matches and ETSU is looking to do the same this year.
ETSU vs. Western Carolina: ETSU currently holds the overall record of 33-31. The Bucs picked up their first SoCon win of the season in their home opener against Western Carolina. Last season ETSU beat Western Carolina twice in both regular season games.
A LOOK AT ETSU: The Bucs are ranked second in SoCon play with a 6-3 conference record. ETSU is on top in the rankings with a .217 hitting percentage as a team. The Bucs still remain first in the conference for blocks. They are led by Braedyn Tutton who is also first in blocks per set and who was named this week’s SoCon Defensive Player of the Week. Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.), Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.), and AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) continue to be strong leaders with their kills. Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) and Lexie Libs (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) continue to set the ball well for the Bucs.
A LOOK AT UNCG: UNCG is tied with Chattanooga and Samford for fourth place in the conference with a 4-4 record. The Spartans are second in assists per set digs, but are first in kills. Allison Penner leads the Spartans and the conference with 10.44 assists per set. Ashley Muench picked up her third SoCon Player of the Week honor and her second offensive award. Muench also leads her team in service aces with 17 and block solos with nine. Annchara Montgomery has the most blocks on the team.
A LOOK AT WESTERN CAROLINA: Western Carolina has a 2-6 conference record with wins coming from Chattanooga and The Citadel. WCU’s Katie O’Connor leads the SoCon with a .360 hitting percentage and is second in the SoCon with blocks per set. Western Carolina has five players with over 100 kills. Jo-Leigh Vervelde is their primary setter.
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