|September 01, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
FLOYD - 7
LEPAGE - 1
MASON - 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 1, 2018) – The ETSU volleyball team had a perfect weekend at the Bruiser Showcase this weekend, downing Tulsa, UMBC, and Belmont. The Bucs didn’t drop a set, as today’s 3-0 (26-24, 25-11, 25-17) win over Belmont (0-8) improved ETSU’s overall record to 5-1.
“Today we had to play hard and disciplined in order to earn our points against Belmont,” shared head coach Lindsey Devine. “But when you have a setter like Alyssa Kvarta who was so poised all weekend, our team was able to get the wins.”
Three Bucs earned All-Tournament honors. Senior setter Alyssa Kvarta (Shelbyville, Ind.) was named the Tournament MVP. She finished the weekend with 10 kills, a .476 hitting percentage, 93 assists, 25 digs, and three blocks. Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) and Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) were named to the Bruiser Showcase All-Tournament Team. Clayton had 40 kills, four service aces, 27 digs, and four blocks, including two block solos. Lastly, McPartland had 21 kills finishing with a .312 hitting percentage, and eight blocks.
In today’s match, Kvarta recorded her second double-double finishing with 32 assists, 11 digs, and four kills. Leah Clayton led the Bucs in kills, finishing with 13, while also registering nine digs and three blocks. AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) recorded 10 kills and finished with a .348 hitting percentage. Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) also fueled the Bucs’ offense with eight kills and helped defensively with four blocks.
Set 1: Set one was a back and forth battle between the Bucs and the Bruins. Multiple runs by both teams kept the match close. There were 13 ties throughout the set before the Bucs were able to get back-to-back points to win the set. Clayton’s kill gave the Bucs the 26-24 set point that the Bucs needed.
Set 2: The Bucs conquered the second set, winning 25-11. A 7-1 run gave the Bucs the fuel they needed. ETSU controlled a seven-point lead throughout the set. Kills by Lux and Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.), followed by a block by Tutton, gave the Bucs a 19-9 lead. Tutton then got ETSU one step closer with a kill to put the Bucs within set point. An attacking error by the Bruins gave the Bucs set win.
Set 3: Massey and Tutton gave the Bucs a 2-0 start in set three. Tutton then gave ETSU back-to-back points with another kill and a block. The Bucs went on a 4-0 run to grab a 13-6 lead with two kills each coming from Mariah McPartland and Clayton. ETSU continued to dominate grabbing an 18-10 lead causing the Bruins to call timeout. Belmont was able to record a few kills, but ETSU was unstoppable. Clayton’s solo block ended the match for the Bucs to secure the 25-17 match win.
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