|September 04, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
- 25||Kills||Kaela Massey
- 28||Assists||Alyssa Kvarta
Giana Pellizzon - 1
Leah Clayton - 1
Alyssa Kvarta - 1
Marija Popovic - 1
- 23||Digs||Marija Popovic
- 9||Blocks||Mariah McPartland
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 3, 2018) – The 2018 home opener for the ETSU volleyball team is one day away, as the Bucs welcome Tennessee inside Brooks Gym Tuesday night. Admission is free.
LAST TIME OUT: Last weekend, the Bucs played in the Bruiser Showcase and did not drop a set, as they defeated Tulsa, UMBC, and Belmont. Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) was named the Tournament MVP and Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) and Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) were named to the Bruiser Showcase All-Tournament Team.
SERIES HISTORY: This will be the 12th meeting in program history. Coach Devine holds a 1-1 record against the Vols. The last meeting was in 2013 and ETSU won 3-1.
A LOOK AT ETSU: ETSU enters tomorrow’s match with a 5-1 record, with their only loss coming from Tennessee’s fellow SEC opponent South Carolina. The Bucs have swept their last four opponents to go on a four-game winning streak. Leah Clayton leads the Bucs in kills, averaging 4.79 kills per set. She will be leading the Buc offensive along with senior AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.), who is second on the team in kills with a 3.00 kills per set average. Quarterbacking the Bucs’ offense is Kvarta. The senior setter will anchor both the offense and the defense and will be a key player to watch throughout the match. Defensively, ETSU is led by McPartland and Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) who lead the team in blocks. Tutton is also a key solo blocker. Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) has great serves, as she leads the Bucs with nine service aces. Controlling the back row will be libero Marija Popoovic (Belgrade, Serbia), who was most recently named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week, and defensive specialist Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.)
A LOOK AT TENNESSEE: Tennessee enters the match undefeated with a 6-0 record. Their first win of the season came against #22 Michigan State. A common opponent with ETSU, the Vols also swept Belmont and have played Chattanooga, a conference foe, who the Bucs will play later in the season. The Vols are under the leadership of first year head coach Eve Rackham. They are holding their opponents to .098 hitting percentage, while they have a .259 hitting percentage as a team. Tessa Grubbs and Erica Treiber lead the Vols in kills, with Treiber also leading her team in blocks. Callie Williams will be someone to watch out for with her service aces and Brooke Schumaker will be a key passer.
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