November 18, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Samford282025263
ETSU262521241
SAMTeam StatsETSU
.211Hitting Pct..217
65Kills61
27Errors21
180Total Attacks184
62Assists57
3Aces2
86Digs76
9.0Blocks13.0
SAMLeadersETSU
Krista Boesing - 17
Lauren Deaton - 17
KillsLeah Clayton - 24
Taylor Anderton - 51
AssistsAlyssa Kvarta - 46
Courtney Johnson - 2
AcesLeah Clayton - 1
Alyssa Kvarta - 1
Grace Tiesman - 23
DigsMarija Popovic - 21
Krista Boesing - 5
BlocksMariah McPartland - 7
ETSU falls 3-1 to Samford in SoCon Championship
ETSU falls 3-1 to Samford in SoCon Championship
Sunday, November 18, 2018

ETSU falls 3-1 to Samford in SoCon Championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 18, 2018) – Making their second SoCon Championship appearance in the last two years, the ETSU volleyball team (28-6) fell to the Samford Bulldogs (19-14) on Sunday afternoon inside Fleming Gym.

Inside the Numbers:

  • Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) recorded her 16th double-double and her third straight of the SoCon Tournament. She finished with 24 kills, just one shy of tying her career-high and had 15 digs. She also had a service ace and four blocks.
  • AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) registered 20 kills, tying her career-high for the third time in her career. She also had three blocks and three digs.
  • Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) registered 46 assists and 16 digs to record her 10th double-double of the season.
  • Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) had seven kills and seven blocks.
  • Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) finished with 21 digs and six assists.
  • Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) also recorded double-digit digs with 13.
  • As a team, ETSU out-blocked Samford 13-9.

Set 1: The quest for a SoCon title would definitely be a battle with 11 ties and six lead changes to begin the match. After falling behind 9-6, ETSU would fight back to grab a 12-14 lead. Samford was able to go on a 4-0 run to take a 20-17 lead. ETSU never gave up and tied the set at 24 to stop Samford from set point. An attack error by the Bulldogs and a Clayton kill put ETSU ahead 26-25, but Samford got three points in a row to take the first set 28-26.

Set 2: Alyssa Kvarta gave the Bucs a hot 5-2 start on the service line. Kills came from McPartland, Massey, and Clayton. A 5-0 run by the Bucs gave them an 18-12 lead. Lux was dominant throughout the entire set, giving ETSU back-to-back kills to reach set point. Kvarta’s service ace would clinch the 25-20 set win for the Bucs.

Set 3: It was another close set between the Bucs and Bulldogs with the match tied 1-1. Both teams went back and forth throughout the entire set until Samford put together a 4-0 run, as they reached set point. A block by Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) and Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia) and a kill by Clayton stopped the Bulldogs from back-to-back set points, but Samford’s Krista Boesing finalized the set, 25-21 with a kill.

Set 4: There were 12 ties and seven lead changes in the final set of the match. Samford jumped out to a 10-6 lead before Kvarta’s 6-0 serve run put ETSU out in front 13-12. ETSU was able to hold a three-point lead, until Samford went ahead 21-20 with four straight points. The rest of the set would go back and forth. Lux stopped the Bulldogs from set point with her kill, but back-to-back points by the Bulldogs would secure the 2018 SoCon title with a 26-24 set win. 

Up Next: ETSU will wait to find out if they get an at-large bid next Sunday, Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

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