November 03, 20181st2nd3rdFinal
.231Hitting Pct..170
108Total Attacks100
Leah Clayton - 15
KillsCatie Cronister - 15
Alyssa Kvarta - 37
AssistsLorissa King - 17
Hailey Aguilar - 1
Kaela Massey - 1
Marija Popovic - 1
Alyssa Kvarta - 1
Marija Popovic - 8
Alyssa Kvarta - 8
DigsTaylor Gill - 16
Braedyn Tutton - 4
BlocksColleen Reilly - 4
Volleyball captures SoCon Regular Season title with sweep of Wofford
Volleyball captures SoCon Regular Season title with sweep of Wofford
Saturday, November 3, 2018

ETSU clinches the No. 1 seed in the SoCon Tournament

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Nov. 3, 2018) – The 2018 ETSU volleyball team is the Southern Conference regular season champion after sweeping the Wofford Terriers (25-23, 25-16, 25-23) on Saturday afternoon inside the Jerry Richardson Stadium.

“Back in August, the team set three goals for our season,” said head coach Lindsey Devine. “Today we were able to accomplish one of those goals. I’m proud of this team for today’s determination, the season long grit and the individual growth.”

This is ETSU’s second SoCon regular season title within the last three years and the 14th three set victory of the season. With the win the Buccaneers secured the No. 1 seed in the upcoming SoCon tournament and improves their overall record to 24-5 and 13-1 in SoCon play.  

“This is our second time winning first in conference,” shared senior captain Alyssa Kvarta. “It’s a really great feeling because we’ve worked really really hard this year, especially in preseason. We didn’t take our preseason games lightly. We went in and we played as hard as we could against some of those big teams. We were focused and we came out on top and it was really exciting. We’re going to finish those last two games at home, hoping to maintain that record. We’re going to stay level headed and go into the conference tournament with a good mindset. We’re going to work really hard to maintain that title like last year.

Fellow senior captain AJ Lux was also just as thrilled, as the senior class has now won two regular season titles.

“It’s exciting, but also very humbling,” Lux said.  “We work very hard day in and day out. We deserve this. We’re not complacent and we want to beat every team in three sets no matter what. We hold ourselves to a high standard at all times. It’s a really good feeling and never gets old, but we’re not done yet” 

Inside the Numbers:

  • AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) finished with ten kills and a .348 hitting percentage.
  • Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) led the Bucs with 15 kills and four digs.
  • Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) had eight kills, three digs, and three blocks.
  • Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) finished with six kills, a .455 hitting percentage, and four blocks.
  • Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) registered 37 assists and eight digs.
  • Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) tallied eight digs and Hailey Aguilar (Chicago, Ill.) had four.

Set 1: Wofford jumped out to a 10-6 lead to control the pace of the set. They eventually extended their lead to 13-5. With an eight-point deficit, Kaela Massey’s 8-0 serve run helped the Bucs tie the set at 20. Clayton provided three straight kills to end the run. The remainder of the set was tied at points 21, 22, and 23, but AJ Lux came in clutch with back-to-back kills to secure the comeback 25-23.

Set 2: The Terriers were able to take a lead before Clayton’s 4-0 run tied the set at nine. Alyssa Kvarta’s 7-0 service run sparked the Bucs, as they would take a 17-13 lead. The Bucs continued to build upon their lead, but holding Wofford to just 16 points. Clayton and Lux were key in the Bucs’ success in getting kills. Blocks by McPartland and Massey also helped ETSU control their lead. A 5-0 run would eventually end it 25-16.

Set 3: ETSU was able to take a 6-2 lead after Massey’s service run. The Terriers fought back to take a 7-6 lead, but the Bucs would rally to take a 12-9 lead after going on a 6-1 run. ETSU held their lead and Clayton once again had three consecutive kills to put the Bucs ahead 20-15. Massey helped ETSU reach match point, but Wofford wasn’t going down without a fight. The Terriers scored four points in a row to come within one of the Bucs. Senior McPartland would clinch the match for the Bucs with her kill, 25-23.

Up Next: ETSU returns to Johnson City to finish the regular season. The Bucs welcome The Citadel on Friday, Nov. 9 at 6:00 p.m. and Mercer on Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m. for senior day.

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