|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
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (October 22, 2017) –The Bucs fell to Western Carolina in five sets (15-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-13, 15-17) at the Ramsey Arena in Cullowhee, N.C. Despite the loss, multiple Bucs achieved new season and career highs. Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) earned a new season high of 20 digs, while Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) tied her career-high of 34 digs. Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) had the team high of 30 assists and Lexie Libs (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) recorded a new career high of 28 assists. Rylee Milhorn (Kingsport, Tenn.) picked up her seventh double-double of the season with 20 kills and 12 digs. Kalee Vanderhorst (Raleigh, N.C.) had seven kills finishing with a .500 hitting percentage.
Set 1: Western Carolina got on a roll early with their kills to gain a six-point lead of 6-12. The Bucs were not able to piece anything together. Western Carolina out-hit the Bucs with a .447 hitting percentage. Alyssa Kvarta and Lexie Libs each finished with six assists. Marija Popovic and Rylee Milhorn both had four digs. Five Bucs combined for ETSU’s twelve kills in the first set including back to back kills by freshman Kalee Vanderhorst. WCU had a lead early on and continued to attack well to win the first set 15-25.
Set 2: A true team effort came in the second set. Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) and Kalee Vanderhorst each had four kills to help the Bucs. With long rallies, setters Alyssa Kvarta and Lexie Libs did a phenomenal job of setting up their hitters and being the quarterbacks of the team. The Bucs built a run early on, but WCU fought back to tie the set at 16. From there, ETSU took control the remainder of the set. Blocks by Tutton, Lux, and Vanderhorst helped ETSU add points, but a WCU service error at ETSU’s set point, gave them the 25-22 win.
Set 3: WCU started the set off with kills before ETSU went on 4-0 run. Kvarta did a great job of anticipating WCU’s block to set Milhorn up for a kill. Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) added in a service ace and Hailey Aguilar made a diving save to keep the ball in play. Milhorn anchored the Bucs with six kills. The Bucs maintained the lead until WCU started to chip away with kills. They tied the set at 13 and from there, took control of the set as they went on 4-0 run. ETSU battled back, but WCU won the set 20-25.
Set 4: The Bucs went on a 6-1 run to start things off. Kills came from Braedyn Tutton, AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.), and Rylee Milhorn to get the Bucs’ momentum going. They continued to go on a roll when they took a 10-3 lead. Milhorn added three kills in a row to help the Bucs increase their advantage. Kaela Massey then gave the Bucs a ten-point lead off her kill. ETSU continued to go on runs to keep their ten-point lead to win the set 25-13.
Set 5: The first few points went back and forth, but Alyssa Kvarta gave the Bucs a 4-2 lead off her service ace. Milhorn, Tutton, and Clayton gave the Bucs an 8-4 lead before WCU went on a 4-0 run. From there, each point went back and forth up until the very last point, but ETSU fell 15-17. Clayton finished the set with five kills. Defensively, Popovic had five digs as Milhorn and Aguilar each four.
Up Next: The Bucs will return home for back to back home matches on Friday, Oct. 27 against The Citadel and Saturday, Oct. 28 against Furman.
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