Bucs sweep USC Upstate 3-0 in preseason exhibition match
Bucs sweep USC Upstate 3-0 in preseason exhibition match
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Kvarta anchors ETSU’s offense to three-set win

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Aug. 18, 2018) – The ETSU volleyball team opened up the 2018 season with an exhibition match at USC Upstate. This is the second year in a row that teams have been able to schedule a scrimmage without it impacting their overall record. In their first outing of season, ETSU swept USP Upstate in three sets (26-24, 25-22, 25-19).

“The scrimmage opportunity is a great chance for us to work through lineups and compete against somebody besides ourselves,” shared head coach Lindsey Devine.  “I really liked the fight that the whole team displayed. I thought Alyssa Kvarta really ran our court with such great confidence. Overall the team demonstrated a lot of positive key elements we’ve been working on in our practices.”

Key Stats:

  • Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) anchored the Bucs’ offense. She finished the match just short of a double-double with 35 assists, nine digs, while also pitching in two kills and two blocks.
  • Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) led the Bucs with 11 kills and had 4 digs.
  • AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) recorded nine kills and also had 4 digs.
  • Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) and Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) each had seven kills apiece and finished with a .357 hitting percentage.
  • Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) controlled the defense with 11 digs, while Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) had 6 digs.
  • As a team, the Bucs outhit the Spartans 43-31. 

ETSU will officially kick off the season next week, Aug. 24 at the Gamecock Invitational. They will play Clemson, South Carolina, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi throughout the two-day tournament.

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