October 12, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
.312Hitting Pct..214
138Total Attacks145
Leah Clayton - 15
KillsRoberta Todd - 15
Alyssa Kvarta - 51
AssistsMaddie Nunley - 45
Marija Popovic - 4
AcesMegan Smith - 3
Marija Popovic - 15
DigsAmber Gibson - 14
Mariah McPartland - 7
BlocksPaige Alsten - 3
Alexia Morey - 3
Brittany Major - 3
Bucs down Mercer 3-1 as McPartland ties career-high in kills
Bucs down Mercer 3-1 as McPartland ties career-high in kills
Friday, October 12, 2018

Clayton records her ninth double-double of the season

MACON, Ga. (Oct. 12, 2018) – With their third SoCon road game, the Bucs (17-5, 6-1 SoCon) earned their sixth conference win of the season after defeating the Mercer Bears (9-10, 2-6 SoCon) 3-1 (25-15, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24) on Friday night in Macon, Ga.

“We had some moments of perfect execution and then we had some moments where we are still figuring things out,” said Coach Devine. “I keep telling our players that every team in our conference is working hard to get better. Everybody is going to bring their best game against us and we have to accept that challenge. We need to view that as respect. I really liked the conversations after the match. Players recognizing where we have made progress, but also understanding that there is still much to learn.

Inside the Numbers:

  • Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) recorded her ninth double-double of the season after finishing with 15 kills and 11 digs.
  • Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) tied her career-high 13 kills to finish with a .458 hitting percentage and also had seven blocks.
  • AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) had 12 kills and Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) had nine.
  • Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) had two kills, 51 assists, two service aces, and three blocks.
  • Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) recorded 15 digs and set a new career-high of four service aces.
  • ETSU finished the match with a .312 hitting percentage and had 12 blocks.

Set 1: A 4-0 serve run, including an ace by Kvarta gave the Bucs an early lead. Another run by Clayton helped ETSU take a 13-4 lead. Kills came from Tutton, Lux, and Clayton. The trio of Tutton, Lux, and Clayton continued to shine as they improved their lead to 21-12. Massey would get the Bucs to set point and Kvarta ended the set 25-15 with an ace. Lux led the Bucs with five kills, while Clayton had three. Kvarta finished the first set with 12 assists and two service aces.

Set 2: McPartland and Massey started things off for the Bucs with back-to-back kills. A kill by Kvarta and an ace by Popovic gave ETSU a 9-5 lead. Mercer would come back to tie the set at ten, but a 4-0 serve run by McPartland helped the Bucs take a 16-12 lead. The Bucs improved their lead to 19-13. Lux and McPartland each fired kills and an attack error by the Bears would put the Bucs at set point. Clayton would end the set with a kill 25-23.   

Set 3: Popovic gave ETSU a 4-0 serve run to put the Bucs ahead 8-6. There were eight ties and two lead changes throughout the third set. Mercer was able to grab a 15-10 lead, but ETSU fought back to pull within one. Mercer reached set point after an ace, but Massey stopped the Bears from winning after she slammed a kill. Kvarta and Tutton helped the Bucs pull within one, but a kill by the Bears would end the set 25-23.

Set 4: The beginning of the set was back and forth before Popovic gave the Bucs a 6-0 serve run to put ETSU ahead 13-8. During the run, Popovic provided two points of her own after recording two service aces. The Bears battled and were able to fight back to tie the set at 21. Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia) and Clayton put the Bucs up by two with back-to-back kills. McPartland’s kill set the Bucs up for match point, but Mercer continued to fight and tied the set at 24. Two straight errors by the Bears would clinch the set for the Bucs 26-24.

Up Next: The Bucs have a quick turnaround and travel to Charleston, S.C. to take on The Citadel at 6:00 p.m. 

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