Jacksonville edges ETSU, 3-1
Jacksonville edges ETSU, 3-1
Friday, October 7, 2011

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (October 7, 2011) – Kathryn Kane and Kylie Jacob combined for 22 kills to lead Jacksonville past ETSU, 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18), in Atlantic Sun volleyball action on Friday night at Brooks Gym.

Jacksonville improves its record to 10-10 (3-2 A-Sun) on the season, while ETSU falls to 7-11 (1-3 A-Sun). Kane finished with a team-high 12 kills for the Dolphins, while Jacob added 10.

The Dolphins out-hit the Bucs .205 to .145, while also recording seven fewer attack errors. Both teams recorded 47 kills and five blocks on the night.

Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) led the Bucs with a game-high 20 kills, while also adding 15 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. McKayla Barber (Columbus, Ind.) came off the bench to add six kills on just 11 attempts for a .364 hitting percentage. Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.) dished out 34 assists, while also adding four kills and six digs. Jamie Stancliff (Advance, N.C.) had a solid night with five kills, three blocks, two digs and an ace. Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) led the ETSU defense with a game-high 19 digs to go along with four assists and two service aces.

Jacksonville got off to a strong start in the match by recording a .235 hitting percentage in the opening set to take the 25-21 victory. The Dolphins limited the Bucs to a .111 hitting percentage that included eight attack errors. Jacksonville broke a 20-20 tie to win five out of the next six points.

The Bucs rebounded in the second set to take the early lead. It looked as if the Bucs were in control as they led by as much as five; however, Jacksonville clawed its way back after a number of small runs. ETSU held an advantage until a service ace by Alison Loeppky tied the match at 20 apiece, much like the opening set. The two teams would trade the subsequent points until a Jacob kill gave the Dolphins set point at 24-23. An ETSU attack error gave the set to Jacksonville, 25-23. The Dolphins held ETSU to just a .067 hitting percentage in the set.

The Bucs came out reenergized in the third set as they led by as much as four in the early going. After Jacksonville tied the match up at 13, the Dolphins reeled off three straight points to take a 16-13 lead, their largest of the set. ETSU quickly responded; however, by going on an 8-0 run with freshman Bethany Gesell (High Point, N.C.) at the service line. Jacksonville had a timely 5-0 run to trail by just one at 23-22, but the Bucs were able to hang on thanks to kills by Barber and Devine. The Bucs held Jacksonville to just .048 hitting in the frame.

ETSU once again came out strong in the fourth set as the Bucs won the first three points to take an early advantage. ETSU led until Jacksonville tied the match up at 11 apiece, which started a 4-0 run for the Dolphins to take a 14-11 advantage. That was all that Jacksonville needed as the Bucs could not muster up a rally. The Dolphins maintained the lead and even extended the advantage to take the set, 25-18, which also earned the match victory.

ETSU returns to action tomorrow as the Bucs host North Florida at 3 p.m. inside Brooks Gym. Tomorrow’s match is also “Fan Appreciation Day” as popcorn and soda will be just $1. In addition, t-shirts will be given away to the first 50 fans in attendance.

For more information on ETSU volleyball please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the volleyball link.