|September 28, 2018||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
- 22||Kills||Leah Clayton
- 61||Assists||Alyssa Kvarta
- 2||Aces||Alyssa Kvarta
- 27||Digs||Marija Popovic
- 6||Blocks||Mariah McPartland
Braedyn Tutton - 7
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 28, 2018) – It was ETSU’s (12-4, 1-1 SoCon) longest match of the season, as Samford (8-9, 3-0 SoCon) would complete their comeback to win 3-2 (27-25, 25-20, 34-36, 23-25, 23-25) on Friday night inside Brooks Gym. Prior to the match, the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics honored senior setter Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) for reaching 2,000 career-assists, which she recorded in the Bucs’ win over WCU last week.
Inside the Numbers:
Set 1: A 9-0 serve run by Kvarta sparked the Bucs offense right away. ETSU continued to hold their lead, but Samford would not give up easy, as they fought back. Alana Schouten’s 6-0 serve run helped the Bulldogs pull within four 19-15. The Bucs rallied to set point after Clayton gave the Bucs a kill at 24-23. Back-to-back attack errors by the Bucs would give Samford a one-point lead and set point. ETSU called timeout and Tutton, Lux, and Clayton rallied off three kills in a row to give the Bucs the 27-25 set win.
Set 2: The start of the set was very close with both teams rattling off points back and forth. Samford took a two-point lead before ETSU tied the set once again at 14. From there ETSU gained control of the set and built their lead. Back-to-back service aces by Kvarta put ETSU out front 23-20. Freshman Hatley helped the Bucs get to set point and ETSU would win 25-20 after a bad set by the Bulldogs.
Set 3: ETSU’s longest set of the season occurred in set three which included 26 ties and eight different lead changes. The set went back and forth the entire way until the Bucs were able to grab a two-point lead with the help of Tutton and Clayton kills, as Samford would call timeout. The Bulldogs maintained a 23-22 lead after coming out of their timeout and ETU would then take some time of their own. The Bucs were able to rally back as Tutton gave the Bucs a 25-24 lead with a kill. Both teams continued to use their timeouts until they ran out. Set point would continue to go back and forth. Clayton tied the set at 34, but Samford’s Elise Watford set the Bulldogs up for set point and the Bulldogs would pull away with a 36-34 set win after an ETSU attacking error.
Set 4: It was another tight battle with seven ties and seven lead changes. Samford was able to take a 5-2 lead before Kvarta’s serves came in clutch for the Bucs again, as ETSU would take an 8-7 lead. The Bucs took an 18-13 lead forcing Samford to call timeout. The Bulldogs fought back to tie the set at 19 and from there it would be another fight to the finish. Back-to-back attack errors by the Bucs gave Samford the 25-32 set win to tie the match.
Set 5: Both teams would not go down without a fight, as there were 11 ties and five lead changes. The Bulldogs were able to grab a five-point lead to sit the score at 13-11 to be two points away from winning it all. ETSU put up an incredible fight to tie the set at 14. Tutton and Clayton stopped the Bulldogs both times from clinching set point. Massey’s 4-0 serve run put the Bucs ahead 15-14. The battle for the match continued to go on with both teams getting ready to clinch the match. The set was tied at 23-23, but Samford’s Watford gave the Bulldogs back-to-back kills to clinch the set 25-23 and the match.
Up Next: ETSU returns to action tomorrow, Sept. 29 when they host Chattanooga at 2:00 p.m.
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