October 26, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
.204Hitting Pct..096
167Total Attacks187
Leah Clayton - 12
KillsGylian Finch - 13
Alyssa Kvarta - 43
AssistsJaquelyn Langhaim - 22
Leah Clayton - 2
AcesAlly Ford - 5
Marija Popovic - 25
DigsBrenna Everingham - 19
Braedyn Tutton - 9
BlocksDani Szczepanski - 2
Sarah Root - 2
Bucs best Mocs 3-1 in SoCon road win
Bucs best Mocs 3-1 in SoCon road win
Friday, October 26, 2018

ETSU remains undefeated in SoCon road action

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2018) – The ETSU volleyball team (20-5, 9-1, SoCon) defeated the Chattanooga Mocs (8-16, 4-7, SoCon) 3-1 (25-15, 30-32, 25-21, 25-22) on Friday night inside Maclellan Gymnasium. ETSU’s defensive efforts propelled them to their win, as the Bucs recorded a new season high in both blocks and digs.

“Chattanooga really pushed us tonight,” said head coach Lindsey Devine. “They fought hard for every point. Tonight the connection with our middles, Braedyn and Mariah with Kvarta was the tipping point for this win. I like seeing the total team blocks and the dig count for both Popche (Marija Popovic) and Kaela.”

Inside the Numbers:

  • Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) recorded a new career-high in digs after finishing the match with 24. She was just shy of a double-double after recording nine kills and also tied her season high of five blocks.
  • Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) was also just short of a double-double. She recorded 11 kills, tying her career-high and was also just one kill away from tying her career-high in blocks after finishing with nine. She also finished the match with a .417 hitting percentage.
  • Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) tallied 43 assists. She also had four kills to record a .500 hitting percentage, seven digs, and two blocks.
  • Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) had 11 kills, a .478 hitting percentage and tied her career-high of seven blocks.
  • Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) recorded her tenth double-double of the season after finishing with 12 kills and 18 digs. The 18 digs are a new career-high for Clayton.
  • Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) finished the match with 25 digs and Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) finished with 11.
  • As a team, ETSU recorded a new season high of 16 blocks and 93 digs in a single match.

Set 1: ETSU dominated the first set after Massey’s 9-0 serve run gave the Bucs a 16-7 lead. Back-to-back kills by both Kvarta and Clayton forced the Mocs to call timeout, but ETSU continued to cruise past Chattanooga to win the set 25-15. Four of ETSU’s 16 blocks of the match occurred in set one along with ten of Massey’s 24 digs. 

Set 2: Clayton, Tutton, and Lux fired kills to give the Bucs a 7-4 lead, but the Mocs would take their first lead of the match after going on a 6-0 run. Chattanooga would try to hold their lead, but AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) helped ETSU pull within one and McPartland would tie the set at 20 with her kill. A daunting back and forth battle would occur for both teams, as set point would transpire ten times before Chattanooga was able to end the set with a kill to take set two 32-30.

Set 3: Tutton led the Bucs in set three after registering four kills and four blocks. Clayton sparked an 8-0 lead to begin the set, but the Mocs would crawl back to tie the set at eight. Kvarta helped ETSU take a 13-9 lead after her 5-0 serve run. McPartland, Tutton, and Massey continued to be a force to be reckon with at the net and the Bucs would conclude set three with seven blocks. After attacking errors by both teams, Massey would secure set three 25-21 with a kill.

Set 4: The beginning of set four was close, as there were seven ties before the Bucs took a four-point lead at 20-16. A block by Massey and Tutton gave the Bucs a two-point lead followed by kills by Massey, Clayton, and Tutton. Chattanooga was able to pull within two, but McPartland and Kvarta’s block put the Bucs one point closer to winning the match. Massey’s kill gave the Bucs match point and McPartland clinched the win 25-22 with her kill.

Up Next: ETSU travels to Birmingham, Ala. to take on the Samford Bulldogs tomorrow night, Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m. (ET)

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