Lady Bucs conclude play at Mortar Board Premier with five-game thriller versus Central Michigan
Lady Bucs conclude play at Mortar Board Premier with five-game thriller versus Central Michigan
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Sept. 18, 2004) - The Lady Bucs volleyball squad squared off with host Purdue in the morning match-up at the Mortar Board Premier today. The Boilermaker offensive proved too powerful for ETSU as they took the match 3-0 (12-30, 22-30, 16-30). Callie Kiselich (Colorado Springs, Co.) managed eight kills while setter Brittany Kessel (Libertyville, Ill.) added 23 assists in the loss. In their final match of the day, ETSU fell to Central Michigan 3-2 (30-28, 30-15, 28-30, 23-30, 7-15) to fall to 1-9 on the year. Sara Scandiffio (Purcellville, Va.) paced ETSU with 14 kills against the Chippewas while Kiselich and Karen Freeburg (New Castle, Ind.) added 10 kills each in the loss.

The Boilermakers came out of the gates on fire, racking up a 21-6 lead to start Game 1. ETSU was within five at 11-6 before Purdue posted a 10-0 run. Three different players tallied kills during the rally, led by senior Kim McConaha who put down three in the stretch. Purdue hit .576 in the game, while McConaha racked up seven kills, and ETSU hit .000 for the game.

Game two began with East Tennessee State off to a quick lead at 4-2 to start the game. After seven ties, Purdue finally took the lead at 14-13 after a three-point rally, including two Buccaneer miscues. ETSU tied it up at 14 and 15, before the Boilermakers put together a 7-1 run to go up 22-16. The Buccaneers cut the margin to four at 24-20, but Purdue answered with three straight points. ETSU made it 27-22 after a kill and an ace by Scandiffio but it was not enough, as a kill by Kim Cappa and a kill by the Boilermaker offense sealed the 30-22 win.

Purdue hit .556 and served up three aces in Game 3, en route to a 30-16 win. ETSU scored first, but Purdue owned a 7-4 lead shortly thereafter, behind a pair of kills by Emily Williams. The Buccaneers pulled within one at 8-7 and again at 13-12, before Purdue took control. Purdue hit .495 for the match, while holding ETSU to a .044 performance. The Boilermakers also out-blocked the Buccaneers nine to one.

In their second match of the day, ETSU lost 3-2 in a thrilling five-game match with the Central Michigan Chippewas. The Lady Bucs started strong with 30-28 and 30-15 wins during the first two games of the match. CMU fought back to even the match at two and eventually took game five 15-7 to capture their third victory of 2004.

Kessel added 44 assists against CMU, giving her 101 assists for the weekend. Freshman Callie Kiselich continues to dominate at the net, posting 10 kills in the final match of the day giving her a tally of 29 for the weekend. Scandiffio and Freeburg turned in strong performances during the evening match where Freeburg added a team-high 15 digs in the loss, however ETSU was again out-blocked 12.0 to 11.0 on the defensive end of the court. ETSU was plagued by poor hitting throughout the weekend, hitting a combined .114 throughout weekend compared to the .287 of their opponents.

Sponsor of this weekend's Mortar Board Premier, Mortar Board, Inc. is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service. Awards were given to the following Lady Bucs at this weekend's tournament for their academic success in the classroom:

Top Scholar: Karen Freeburg
Most Improved Scholar: Andrea Piercy
Community Service Award: Sara Scandiffio

The Lady Bucs will host Appalachian State Friday, Sept 24 in their home opener of the 2004 season. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. in Brooks Gymnasium. This weekend will also play host to Alumni Weekend festivities. For more information please contact head coach Lindsey Devine at (423) 439-4259.