Volleyball defeats Wofford in five set thriller
Volleyball defeats Wofford in five set thriller
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tamblyn sets a new career-high with 31 digs

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (October 11, 2011) – ETSU senior Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) recorded a career-high 31 digs to lead the Bucs to a thrilling 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 24-26, 16-14) victory over Wofford, Tuesday night inside Brooks Gym.

ETSU (9-11) had five players record double-digit kills, led by sophomore Megan Devine’s (Kingsport, Tenn.) 16 kills. Meanwhile, Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.), Ivey Rice (Johnson City, Tenn.), Bethany Gesell (High Point, N.C.) and McKayla Barber (Columbus, Ind.) had 15, 12, 10 and 10 kills, respectively. Devine and Rice each earned double-doubles as Devine added 15 digs, while Rice had 16. Kayla Williams (El Paso, Texas) quarterbacked the ETSU offense by dishing out a match-high 43 assists.

Wofford (13-9) out-hit ETSU .135 to .123 in the match, while also out-blocking the Bucs 14.0 to 10.0. However, the Bucs had a decisive advantage in kills with 69 compared to only 45 for Wofford.

ETSU got off to a quick 3-0 start to open the first set, but Wofford quickly reeled off four straight points of its own. The back and forth play would continue for the next few points, but ETSU could never regain control. The Bucs tied the match on two occasions, but Wofford extended the lead out and took the set, 25-21. Devine recorded six kills in the set to lead the Bucs, but Wofford out-hit ETSU .250 to .128 in the set.

The Bucs once again got off to a quick start in the second set as they grabbed a 10-3 advantage. ETSU maintained the lead until Wofford cut the lead to 21-20 after the Terriers won six out of seven points during the stretch. The Bucs would not relinquish the lead; however, as they took the set, 25-22. The ETSU defense was stellar in the set by limiting Wofford to just a .086 hitting percentage. Devine paved the way for the Bucs once again with a team-best four kills in the set.

It was Wofford that jumped out early in the third set as the Terriers went on an early 5-0 run to take an early 7-2 lead.  Wofford looked to be in control after going up 14-10, but ETSU went on a 3-0 run to trim the lead to one at 14-13, while also forcing a Wofford timeout.  The timeout seemed to pay off for the Terriers as they won the next three points to regain the four point advantage at 17-13. ETSU went on another 3-0 run to cut the lead to 17-16, but the Bucs just could not quite get over the hump.  ETSU tied the match up on two occasions, but the Bucs finally took the lead at 21-20 thanks to a kill by Hardy. ETSU looked to be gaining the momentum after Hardy and Williams combined for a block to take the next point at 22-20. Wofford would not go away; however, as the Terriers tied the match on three separate occasions. With the score knotted at 24, a Barber kill gave the Bucs set point for the second time in the set. A Wofford attack error gave ETSU the rousing victory in the set, 26-24, while also taking a 2-1 lead in the match. The Terriers out-hit the Bucs in the defensive oriented set, but ETSU recorded five more kills than Wofford in the frame.

Wofford opened the fourth set with a 7-1 run to take the early advantage for the second straight set.  The Terriers led by as much as seven at 14-7 before the Bucs rallied to win the next five points to trim the lead to 14-12.   ETSU could not get any closer until a timely 3-0 run evened the set at 18 apiece, which forced a Wofford timeout. After the break, Wofford regained the lead, but just like the previous set, ETSU tied it up at 20. The Bucs won the next two points thanks to a Wofford attack error and an opportune block by Gesell and Hardy put ETSU ahead 22-20.The Bucs later led 24-22, giving them two set point opportunities, but Wofford got a kill and block to tie the score at 24. Wofford took a 25-24 lead on a kill and ended the set on a combined block to take the set 26-24, capping off a crucial 5-0 run. ETSU recorded eight more kills than Wofford in the set, but the Bucs were haunted by 12 attack errors.

In the decisive fifth set, neither team could mount a significant run to start the frame.  After Wofford grabbed the early 4-2 advantage, ETSU won the next four points to take a 6-4. However, Wofford quickly responded by winning the next two points to tie the match.  The Bucs broke a tie at seven with a 2-0 run, only to see Wofford tie the set at nine.  ETSU pulled ahead 11-9 on kill by Gesell and a Wofford attack error, but the Terriers went on a very timely 4-0 run to take the 13-11 lead. Just as it looked like Wofford had the momentum, ETSU won the next two points to tie the match thanks to a kill by Hardy and a Wofford attack error.  Then, Rice and Hardy combined on a block to give the Bucs match point at 14-13. Arden Anderson extended the match for the Terriers with a kill to tie the score at 14. With Rachel Woodlee serving, Hardy came through once again with a huge kill to give the Bucs match point for the second time. ETSU’s defense came up big by keeping the Wofford attack attempt in play for Williams, who dished it off to Devine for a game-winning kill. The Bucs took the exhilarating set, 16-14, to earn the match win. ETSU out-hit Wofford .240 to .211 in the frame, while Devine and Hardy each had three kills to pace the Bucs. The exciting fifth set featured nine ties and three lead changes.

Wofford was led by Amanda Liguori with13 kills and 14 digs on the night. Meanwhile, Anderson finished the night with 10 kills for the Terriers.

ETSU will return to Atlantic Sun play on the road at Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast over the weekend. The Bucs open with Stetson on Friday at 6 p.m. before taking on Florida Gulf Coast, Saturday at 7 p.m.

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