September 11, 20181st2nd3rdFinal
.058Hitting Pct..357
103Total Attacks98
Longley - 11
KillsMariah McPartland - 11
Owens - 17
AssistsAlyssa Kvarta - 33
Spicer - 2
AcesMarija Popovic - 2
Kinsch - 11
DigsLeah Clayton - 10
Marija Popovic - 10
Porter - 1
Spicer - 1
Kohut - 1
BlocksMariah McPartland - 7
ETSU sweeps Appalachian State at home
ETSU sweeps Appalachian State at home
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Bucs pick up their fifth sweep of the season

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 11, 2018) – After three road matches, the Bucs returned home to Brooks Gym and swept their fifth opponent of the year. ETSU (9-2) hosted Appalachian State (6-4) to remain undefeated at home in their three-set win (25-11, 25-15, 25-20). ETSU as a team had 10 blocks and finished with a .357 hitting percentage.

“Another great win in Brooks Gym,” said head coach Lindsey Devine. “It was an all-around team effort. I’m proud of this team coming together to take care of business. We came out very strong tonight. I was impressed with our block execution.”

“I thought Mariah was a force at the net and I loved to see how Braedyn owned the net on the over passes. Both Leah and AJ are continuing to be impact players. They are working so hard to increase their range of play. When Hailey came in, she was a spark on the service line. Kvarta continues to spread our offense and has done a phenomenal job putting our hitters in the best possible position to score. Not much gets past Marija Popovic, from defense to serve receive. We are a tough team to defend when you have a player like Kaela Massey who continues to be an offensive threat. It’s a great night to be a Buc!”

Inside the Numbers:

  • Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) led the Bucs in kills, tying her career-high of 11 to finish with a .562 hitting percentage. She also had 4.5 blocks throughout the night.
  • AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) finished the match with 10 kills, a .526 hitting percentage, and three block assists.
  • Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) and Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) each had eight kills apiece. Clayton also had 10 digs, while Tutton finished with a .727 hitting percentage.
  • Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) led the Bucs with 33 assists, six digs, and three block assists.
  • Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) had 10 digs, while Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) had five.
  • Freshman Abbie Trantham (Candler, N.C.) recorded two kills, which were her first collegiate kills.

Set 1: Alyssa Kvarta started things off for the Bucs. She put them ahead 2-0 with kills from Lux and McPartland. ETSU was dominant, as they began a 5-0 run off of Hailey Aguilar’s serves to take a 7-3 lead. The Bucs would control the entire set and extend their lead to ten after a 7-0 run. Kvarta had 10 assists to set up both McPartland and Lux who led the Bucs in kills in the first set. Aguilar would give ETSU another 4-0 service run, as McPartland ended it with a kill to give ETSU the 25-11 win.  

Set 2: The Mountaineers were able to get the first points in the set before ETSU came away with a 15-10 lead after going on an 8-0 run. From there the Bucs built upon their lead, as Clayton, McPartland, and Massey gave ETSU kills. Kvarta had another double-digit performance in assists with 11. Freshman Alyssa Hatley (Rogersville, Tenn.) combined with McPartland to record her first collegiate kill and end the set 25-15 for the Bucs to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Set 3: ETSU’s blocking game flourished in the final set, as the Bucs finished with six. Strong serve runs came from Kvarta and Clayton. Tutton led ETSU with five kills, while Lux went 4-5 to finish with an .800 hitting percentage. The Bucs controlled the entire third set, as freshman Trantham ended the match with her second collegiate kill to help ETSU win 25-20.

Up Next: ETSU travels to Bowling Green, Ky. to play in the WKU Tournament. They will play Western Kentucky, Northern Illinois, and Washington State.

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