|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
GREENSBORO, N.C. (October 20, 2017) – It was an intense battle between both teams at Fleming Gym in Greensboro, N.C. as the ETSU Bucs topped UNCG in a five-set match (25-19, 23-25, 25-16, 18-25, 18-16) to pick up their sixth straight win. Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) had the team-high of 17 kills, while Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) picked up a new career-high of 34 digs. Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 14 digs. Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) recorded a new career-high of 11 blocks and finished with seven kills. AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) and Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) each finished with nine kills. Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) had 15 digs, while Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) finished with 28 assists and Lexie Libs (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) had 21 assists.
Set 1: There were 14 ties and four different lead changes as the Bucs came through with a 25-19 win. The beginning of the set went back and forth as each team suffered service errors. Rylee Milhorn finished with the team-high of five kills in this set, followed by four kills by Leah Clayton, and three kills by AJ Lux. ETSU finally got their biggest advantage of the set when they took a 19-14 lead that came from UNCG’s attack errors, a Braedyn Tutton and AJ Lux block, and a kill from Leah Clayton. UNCG tried to fight back but Lux kept placing the ball in the middle of the court and could not be stopped. Milhorn finished the set with a kill.
Set 2: UNCG took an early 4-0 run to begin the set and continued to build with their kills. After a long rally, Kaela Massey and Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) denied the Spartans with a block. A UNCG attack error, and another block from the Bucs by Tutton and McPartland put the Bucs within one point, but Clayton tied the set with a kill. The trio of Lux, Clayton, and Milhorn helped the Bucs gain a 16-12 lead after their dominant kills. The Spartans slowly crawled back to tie the set at 20. The set was then tied at points 21 and 22, before a UNCG kill and an ETSU attack error gave UNCG their set point. Lux put the Bucs at 23-24 with her kill, but the Spartans got the last kill of the set to win 23-25.
Set 3: ETSU was in control the entire set as they had two ten-point leads. Massey kicked things off for ETSU with a kill. UNCG’s errors hurt them as the Bucs gained a 14-6 advantage. Milhorn, Clayton and Massey were relentless with their kills. Clayton started to heat up when she gave ETSU four points in a row as she finished the third set with six kills. Alyssa Kvarta gave ETSU their first ten-point lead with her service ace. Massey then gave ETSU their second ten-point lead on her kill. After a long rally, Milhorn and Massey came up with a huge block and Kalee Vanderhorst (Raleigh, N.C.) picked up her first kill of the match to win the third set for the Bucs 25-16.
Set 4: Throughout most of the set, ETSU had control of their lead as they started off strong with their blocking game. The first block game from Massey and McPartland and then Massey jumped up again to combined with Clayton for another ETSU block. Tutton began to go on a roll with her kills as she finished the set with four. ETSU had an 11-6 lead before the Spartans started to chip away. UNCG’s blocks and kills kept them close. They went on an 8-0 run at the end of the set to pull out an 18-25 win.
Set 5: UNCG got the first point off a kill, but AJ Lux tied it 1-1. Tutton then gave ETSU a 2-1 lead with her kill. UNCG fought back with their kills, but Milhorn put the Bucs ahead 4-3. UNCG took a lead, but Massey tied the set at five. UNCG then went on a 3-0 run to give them an 8-5 lead, but Massey kept the Bucs in the set. She had a kill and then combined with Kalee Vanderhorst for back-to-back blocks to tie the set at eight. The Spartans then went on another 3-0 run to take an 8-11 advantage. Lexie Libs then faked out the defense tossing the ball over the net for a kill to get a point back. McPartland and Tutton put the Bucs within one with their block to make the score 10-11. The Bucs tied the set at 12 with the help of UNCG’s errors. The Spartans got two points in a row to give them set point, but Clayton touched the ball over the net to make the score 13-14 and then the set was once again tied after UNCG had an attacking error. Hailey Aguilar put the Bucs ahead 15-14 with a service ace, but UNCG answered with back-to-back kills to take the one-point lead. Braedyn Tutton came up in a big situation to tie the set with her kill, and Rylee Milhorn shut down UNCG with back-to-back kills to win the set 18-16.
Up Next: The Bucs travel to Western Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 22.
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