This Week in ETSU Athletics: Jan. 22-27

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 23, 2013) – Below are a list of athletic events taking place for the week of Jan. 22-27.

Men’s Basketball (5-14, 3-3 A-Sun)

This week: The ETSU men’s basketball team welcomes the Atlantic Sun teams hailing from the city of Jacksonville, Fla., to the MSHA Athletics Center. The week starts off Thursday against third-place Jacksonville (10-10, 5-2 A-Sun) with tip scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, the Bucs play the back end of an ETSU basketball doubleheader, facing off with North Florida (8-12, 3-4 A-Sun) at 4 p.m.

Live stats for both men’s basketball games this week will be available through Stat Broadcast on ETSUBucs.com. Free live audio can be heard through the athletics website as well, or by tuning in to 640-WXSM on your AM radio. Free live video and play-by-play commentary can be found on ASun.TV.

Last week: The Buccaneers went south of the Tennessee border to the neighboring state of Georgia for two league matches against Mercer and Kennesaw State.

Game one of the series was Thursday, as ETSU surrendered 39 points in each half to Mercer to fall by a score of 78-59. Senior Jarvis Jones (Memphis, Tenn.) had a team-high 12 points, but was the only Buccaneer to reach double-figures on the night. On the other side, Mercer had four players reach double-figures, headed by Travis Smith’s game-high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting. The free throw line ultimately did ETSU in, with the Bucs shooting just 5-of-17 (29.4 percent) for the game.

ETSU turned things around on Saturday, leveling its conference record back to .500 with a 10-point victory, 70-60, over Kennesaw State. Shot efficiency was the key to victory, as ETSU shot 59.1 percent in the first half and 68.8 percent in the second half to wind up at a 63.2-percent margin for the game. Redshirt freshman Lester Wilson (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the scoring, totaling 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting, including three makes on all three of his 3-point attempts. Jones and junior transfer Kinard Gasden-Gilliard (Georgetown, S.C.) also ended the day in double-figure scoring, as Jones scored 15 points with the help of four made 3-pointers, while Gilliard dropped 14 on the Owls on 6-of-8 from the floor.

Women’s Basketball (4-10, 2-5 A-Sun)

This week: The Lady Bucs play just once during the week, opening Saturday’s ETSU basketball doubleheader at 1:30 p.m., against UNF (8-10, 4-3 A-Sun) inside the MSHA Athletics Center.

Live stats for the front end of Saturday’s doubleheader will be available through Stat Broadcast on ETSUBucs.com. Free live audio can be heard through the athletics website as well, or by tuning in to 640-WXSM on your AM radio. Free live video and play-by-play commentary can be found on ASun.TV.

Last week: ETSU’s women’s basketball team played three games in the last eight days, dropping a home contest to Stetson before going on the road and splitting meetings with Kennesaw State and Mercer.

The trio of games started Monday of last week, as Stetson made the trek to Johnson City and walked away victorious, 71-55. Two Hatters scored over 20 points, led by Shanasa Sanders with a game-high 22 to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Jama Sharp had 21 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals. For the Lady Bucs, local-product Cara Bowling (Elizabethton, Tenn.) led the offense, totaling a season-high 15 points on 4-of-7 from long range. ETSU struggled as a whole offensively, shooting just 21-of-55 (38.2 percent) on the evening.

The road trip to Georgia began Saturday, with ETSU earning its lone win on the week, 61-59, over Kennesaw State. The Lady Bucs trailed by 13 with 11:32 to play, but began a comeback fueled by a pair of juniors in Shawn Randall (Orlando, Fla.) and Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) who each totaled 18 points – a season-high mark for Randall. ETSU took the lead at 56-55 with two minutes to play, and held it the rest of the way for the victory.

ETSU looked to make it two in a row on Martin Luther King Day, but came up short against Mercer, 79-64. Mitchell had another good game, putting up a team-high 17 points and grabbing 13 rebounds, but no other Lady Buc managed double-figures in any statistical category. Like Stetson did to ETSU the previous Monday, Mercer had two players score over 20 points, headed by Kendra Grant’s 24 to go along with Precious Bridges’ 23. Alicia Williams ended the game in double figures for the Bears, netting 13 points. ETSU hung in for the majority of the contest, but Mercer closed out on a 22-12 run to run away with the 15-point victory.

Men’s Tennis (1-1)

This week: The ETSU men’s tennis team will be one of 60 teams to participate in the 2013 ITA Kickoff Weekend, heading to the home of Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, along with Miami (FL) and UL-Lafayette. No. 72 ETSU starts play on Saturday, getting another chance at No. 4 Ohio State, who the Bucs lost to in the first round of both last year’s and 2011’s NCAA Tournaments. Depending on the result of that match, ETSU will take on either No. 64 Miami or No. 71 Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday.

Last week: ETSU began dual play in Winston-Salem, N.C., but was swept by Wake Forest, 7-0. The Bucs lost their doubles matches at No. 1 and No. 3 before being able to close out the set they were leading at No. 2, and were subsequently taken down in straight sets by the Demon Deacons in each singles match. The following day, the Bucs traveled to Knoxville, Tenn., for a neutral-site meeting with Oklahoma State, taking down the Cowboys for their first win of the year, 4-2. ETSU was unable to take the doubles point, but victories from Rogerio Ribeiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Juan Ramirez (Asuncion, Paraguay), Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) and Ricardo Pabon (Bogota, Columbia) lifted the Buccaneers to victory.

Women’s Tennis (0-0)

This week: Idle

Last week: The ETSU women’s tennis team traveled Winston-Salem as well, taking part in the three-day Wake Forest Winter Classic. The four teams in the field were ETSU, Wake Forest, Radford and Elon, each taking on the other throughout the three-day tournament in both singles and doubles.

The Buccaneers went to work on Saturday taking out the Demon Deacons in two-of-three doubles matches before winning four-of-seven singles matches against Elon. Juniors Sofia Espana (Mexico City, Mexico) and Salma Dahbi (Marrakech, Morocco) each had perfect days, pairing together in doubles to win 8-1 against Wake, while winning their singles matches at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.

The following day, ETSU proved its wins against the ACC foe were no fluke, sweeping the Demon Deacons in singles, 6-0, and winning four of the matches in straight sets. Earlier in the day, the Bucs were perfect against Radford in doubles, dropping just five games in the three combined sets to win by scores of 8-0, 8-2 and 8-3.

Play concluded on Monday, and the wins kept coming with ETSU taking five-of-six singles matches from Radford. The only downside of the entire three days of festivities was dropping two-of-three doubles contests to Elon.

Men’s and Women’s Track & Field

This week: Idle

Last week: The ETSU men’s and women’s track & field teams hosted the 35th annual Niswonger Invitational/KYA High School Invitational at the MSHA Athletics Center Friday and Saturday, earning victories in four events while seeing multiple student-athletes wind up with personal bests and top five’s throughout the two days.

Over 60 collegiate men’s and women’s teams and over 800 student-athletes competed in the meet, as well as 2012 Summer Olympics silver medalist in the 4x400m relay, Manteo Mitchell, who ran in the men’s 60m and 200m dash over the weekend. Mitchell also held an autograph session for fans on day two on the third-floor concourse.

Of the ETSU highlights, the event victories started on opening day with senior Kelly Monteleone (Pittsburgh, Pa.) earning the first of her career. Monteleone competed in the triple jump, making the final and leaping 12.22m to take gold. Sophomore Filip Jalovy (Modrice, Czech Republic) took the other Friday victory, edging Atlanta Track Club’s Zaven O’Bryant by .02 of a second in the men’s 800m, clocking a winning time of 1:54.66.

Day two of the Niswonger Invitational consisted of two Buccaneer wins as well, beginning with junior Tyler Stepp (Dandridge, Tenn.) in the men’s high jump. Stepp cleared a height of 2.08m on his first attempt and watched on as competitors from A-Sun schools Lipscomb and Kennesaw State could not do the same on any of their three tries. Stepp then had the bar raised to 2.11m to try and break the ETSU indoor high jump record, but was unsuccessful at the feat. The other victory on the day belonged to Jalovy, who took his second event of the meet by beating fellow Buc Angus Baldwin (Tumbi Umbi, Australia) down the home stretch in the men’s mile. Jalovy clocked in a 4:14.98, while Baldwin came across at 4:15.29 to take second.

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