Apana breaks A-Sun record in win over Kennesaw State, 3-1
Friday, November 2, 2007

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 2, 2007) - Senior Kaena Apana (Waianae, Hawaii), broke the Atlantic Sun record for digs in a season as the ETSU volleyball team defeated conference opponent Kennesaw State Friday night at Brooks Gym in four games, 30-25, 26-30, 30-20, 30-23.


"Kaena is a special person, and I am glad she was able to get the record tonight," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "We knew when we recruited her that she was going to be great. It is an honor for me to coach her."


            Apana broke the record in the fourth game with an incredible dig to pass Ann Mullins of Lipscomb with her 690th dig of the season. Apana had 21 digs on the night and now holds the single season conference record for both digs with 694 and conference digs with 265.


Senior Callie Kiselich (Colorado Springs, Colo.), led the Bucs offensively with 16 kills, and was on fire hitting .444 for the match. Kiselich wasn't the only Buc who was hot as freshmen Erin Ryan (Davie, Fla.), and Laura Waddell (Lynchburg, Va.), put up some good numbers as well. Ryan had 12 kills hitting .450, while Waddell had 11 kills hitting .389 on the night.


"Callie has the potential to be a dominant force at the net, and when she gets in rhythm she really can get on a roll and put games away," Devine said. "Laura and Erin also stepped up their game tonight and worked hard."


Senior Marissa Mortensen (Elk Grove, Ill.), and freshman Lauren Baufield (Plymouth, Minn.), were strong for the Bucs defensively as Mortensen had 10 digs and Baufield tallied 11 digs. Freshman Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.), and Amanda Youell (Middleburg, Fla.), shared the setting duties as Cogburn would collect 36 assists and seven digs.


"I thought that we did some good things at certain points in the match, and it was great to be able to get the entire team on the court," Devine said. "This game will give us more confidence as we head to the conference tournament."


            With the win the Bucs improve to 18-12 overall and 8-2 in conference play. The Bucs finish the regular season tomorrow at home against conference opponent Mercer at 2 p.m. in Brooks Gym. It will be Senior Day as the Bucs will try to secure the second seed in the conference tournament.