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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 16, 2014) – The ETSU volleyball team looks to extend its home win streak this weekend as the Bucs host Wofford and Mercer this weekend inside Brooks Gym.
The Bucs, who have won their last three home matches and 22 of their last 25 inside Brooks, take on Wofford Friday night at 7 p.m. and Mercer Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT FOR THE BUCS
ETSU (8-13, 2-3 SoCon) dropped a pair of road matches to Furman and Western Carolina last weekend.
After being swept by the Paladins last Friday night, the Blue and Gold suffered a tough five-set loss at Western Carolina on Saturday. ETSU lost the first two sets to the Catamounts before rallying to force the decisive fifth set; however, after holding a 7-4 lead in the final frame, Western Carolina fought back by winning 11 of the final 15 points to hold on for the victory.
Senior Katie Muey (Alexandria, Ind.) totaled a career-high 40 digs and won her second straight Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week award on Monday, while fellow senior Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) finished with a season-high 21 kills.
Senior Bethany Gesell (High Point, N.C.) and sophomore Kristen Favre (Plano, Texas) both recorded double-doubles in the setback. Gesell ended with 17 kills and a career-high 31 digs, while Favre tallied 54 assists and 12 digs. Gesell’s double-double marked the fourth of her career (third this season), while it was the first of Favre’s career.
As a team, ETSU was plus-19 in kills (77-58) and plus-26 in digs (130-104), but the Bucs committed 36 attack and 10 service errors in the match.
Wofford (10-12, 2-3 SoCon) snapped a two-match skid as the Terriers swept South Carolina State Wednesday night in Spartanburg. Despite the win, Wofford has dropped four of its last seven matches.
As a team, the Terriers rank fourth nationally with 138 service aces and 16th in total kills (1,063).
Individually, freshman setter Molly Mayo leads the SoCon and ranks 17th nationally in assists per set (11.29), while senior Taylor Baird is 49th nationally in total kills (271) and junior Jessica Graham is 51st in digs (336).
Eight of Wofford’s 10 wins have come in three sets, while the Terriers are a combined 2-7 in four/five-setters.
ETSU VS. WOFFORD
ETSU leads the all-time series, 13-4.
The Bucs have won four straight over the Terriers with the most recent victory being a five-set win back in 2011.
Mercer (5-13, 1-4 SoCon) swept Savannah State Wednesday night in Macon to stop a four-match losing streak.
The Bears are led by junior Molly Locke as the outside hitter is averaging 3.64 kills and 2.77 digs per set.
As a team, Mercer ranks fourth in assists per set (12.08) and fifth in kills per set (12.75).
Four of the Bears’ five wins have been via the sweep.
ETSU VS. MERCER
The Bucs lead the all-time series, 11-5, and have won eight of the last 10 matches over the Bears.
ETSU has won the last four meetings inside Brooks Gym.
Last year, Hardy hit .362 (22-5-47) and totaled 12 blocks in two wins over the Bears, while Ivey Rice (Johnson City, Tenn.) totaled 19 kills and 29 digs in the two matches.
Katie Muey leads all active NCAA Division I players in sets played (463) and ranks 19th in total digs (1,591), while Meredith Hardy is second in blocks (570), seventh in sets played (447) and 42nd in kills (1,169).
This season, Muey ranks sixth nationally in total digs (429) and Meredith Hardy is 15th in total blocks (96). Muey’s 33-dig effort in the win over Lehigh back in Sept., ranks second among NCAA players in a three-set match this season and her 40 digs at Western Carolina are the fifth-most by a player in a five-setter. Meredith Hardy’s 12-block effort in the win at George Mason earlier this year broke an ETSU single-match record, while it also tops all NCAA players in a three-set match this season.
ETSU’s 130 digs in the five-set match at Western Carolina last Saturday are the fourth-most by a team this year.
Muey enters the weekend needing three digs to move into second-place all-time on the ETSU digs list and is 99 digs shy of becoming the all-time Buccaneer career leader.
During ETSU’s three-match home win streak, the Bucs are averaging 13.4 kills, 1.69 service aces, 16.3 digs and 2.19 blocks per set. Meredith Hardy is averaging four kills per set and hitting .358 (52-13-109) during this stretch, while Katie Muey is posting 7.08 digs per set. Kristen Favre has accounted for 138 of ETSU’s 159 assists over the last three home matches.
Meredith Hardy has recorded at least one block in 114 straight matches.
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