September 14, 20181st2nd3rdFinal
ETSU1923220
WKU2525253
ETSUTeam StatsWKU
.067Hitting Pct..220
28Kills35
22Errors13
89Total Attacks100
26Assists32
3Aces6
45Digs37
5.0Blocks8.0
ETSULeadersWKU
AJ Lux - 9
KillsANDERSON - 10
JACKSON - 10
Alyssa Kvarta - 25
AssistsBEBOUT - 24
Leah Clayton - 1
Alyssa Kvarta - 1
Sara Esposito - 1
AcesKOWALKOWSKI - 3
Marija Popovic - 14
DigsKOWALKOWSKI - 8
Braedyn Tutton - 4
BlocksANDERSON - 4
September 14, 20181st2nd3rdFinal
ETSU2534253
NIU1832150
ETSUTeam StatsNIU
.413Hitting Pct..234
54Kills42
9Errors16
109Total Attacks111
52Assists40
3Aces0
49Digs38
6.0Blocks4.0
ETSULeadersNIU
Leah Clayton - 22
KillsWOLOWICZ - 20
Alyssa Kvarta - 47
AssistsBALENSIEFER - 35
Leah Clayton - 2
Aces
Marija Popovic - 15
DigsKARLEN - 14
Braedyn Tutton - 4
BlocksGROMOS - 2
RULLAN VILANOVA - 2
September 15, 20181st2nd3rd4th5thFinal
Washington State23252225132
ETSU25172518153
WSUTeam StatsETSU
.273Hitting Pct..245
59Kills61
21Errors24
139Total Attacks151
58Assists60
6Aces4
56Digs50
10.0Blocks8.0
WSULeadersETSU
Woodford - 17
KillsLeah Clayton - 25
Brown - 47
AssistsAlyssa Kvarta - 53
Brown - 4
AcesKaela Massey - 3
Dirige - 14
DigsMarija Popovic - 25
Urias - 6
Martin - 6
BlocksMariah McPartland - 3
Braedyn Tutton - 3
ETSU concludes preseason action at WKU Tournament
ETSU concludes preseason action at WKU Tournament
Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Bucs will play Western Kentucky, Northern Illinois, and Washington State

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2018) – The Bucs conclude their last preseason tournament when they travel to Bowling Green, Ky. for the WKU Tournament. They will take on the host Western Kentucky, Northern Illinois, and No. 22 Washington State.

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Sept. 14 | 1:30 PM (ET) | Western Kentucky

Sept. 14 | 5:30 PM (ET) | Northern Illinois

Sept. 15 | Noon (ET) | Washington State

LAST TIME OUT: ETSU hosted Appalachian State and the Bucs picked up their fifth sweep of the season to remain 2-0 at home. The Bucs as a team had 10 blocks and finished with a .357 hitting percentage. Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) led the Bus in kills to tie her career-high (11) and finished with a .562 hitting percentage. It was a great team performance by the Bus.

SERIES HISTORY:

ETSU vs. WKU: This will be the sixth meeting in program history. Both teams met last season, but WKU came away with a 3-1 win. WKU and ETSU were also in the same bracket in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

ETSU vs. NIU: This will be the first meeting.

ETSU vs. Washington State: This will be second meeting in program history. The last time both teams met was in 2015 and Washington State won 3-0.

A LOOK AT ETSU: ETSU is off to a hot start this year entering the weekend with a 9-2 record. This will be the Bucs’ last chance to take on non-conference opponents before taking on Southern Conference opponent, Western Carolina next week. Senior setter Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) has played a key role in the Bucs’ success. Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) and AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) have been the Bucs top hitters, along with Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.), Mariah McPartland and Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario). Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) and Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) have been tremendous servers and passers throughout the season. 

A LOOK AT WESTERN KENTUCKY: WKU enters the weekend with a 6-4 overall record winning their last three matches. In 2017, WKU went 31-4 to make it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. They return two starters, including their libero, while losing four. Senior Rachel Anderson has been an impact player for WKU leading the team in both kills and blocks.

A LOOK AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS: NIU has a 2-10 record with wins over Milwaukee and Marshall. They went 8-23 in the 2017 season and have three seniors on the team this year. Meg Wolowicz and Jori Radtke are their top two hitters leading the team in kills. Grace Balensiefer is their setter and Miranda Karlen is their libero.

A LOOK AT WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State is currently undefeated with a 7-0 overall record and has back-to-back wins over No. 17 Northern Iowa. The Cougars are also ranked No. 22 in the AVCA poll as well. The Cougars return six top returners and have five players ranked in the NCAA DI top 50 in nine different statistical categories last season. Washington State had their second consecutive NCAA Championship Tournament bid and advanced to the second round.

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