November 16, 20181st2nd3rdFinal
The Citadel1912220
.059Hitting Pct..308
102Total Attacks107
Mellanie King - 8
KillsAJ Lux - 18
Megan Fuhr - 21
AssistsAlyssa Kvarta - 34
Abigail Murn - 2
Sharlissa De Jesus - 2
AcesMariah McPartland - 2
Mellanie King - 9
Megan Fuhr - 9
DigsMarija Popovic - 23
Sarah Dobrich - 3
BlocksMariah McPartland - 5
Bucs advance to semifinals after 3-0 sweep over The Citadel
Bucs advance to semifinals after 3-0 sweep over The Citadel
Friday, November 16, 2018

ETSU set to take on Mercer in semifinals

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 16, 2018) – In the SoCon tournament quarterfinals, the Bucs (27-5) downed No. 9 The Citadel (12-19) on Friday afternoon in Fleming Gym 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-22). ETSU earned their 17th sweep of the season, as head coach Lindsey Devine picked up her 27th win in a single season, which is now her career-high and second in program history.

Inside the Numbers:

  • AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) led the Bucs with 18 kills finishing with a .471 hitting percentage.
  • Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) recorded her 14th double-double of the season after registering 15 kills and 14 digs. She finished with a .306 hitting percentage as well.
  • Mariah McPartland (Boone, Iowa) tallied seven kills for the Bucs with a .600 hitting percentage. The middle blocker also had five block assists and two service aces.
  • Setter Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) had an impressive stat line of two kills, 34 assists, five digs and two blocks.
  • Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) finished the match with 23 digs.
  • ETSU as a team had a hitting percentage of .308 and had seven blocks.

Set 1: Leah Clayton and AJ Lux paced the Bucs with six kills each. There were ten ties and four lead changes before the Bucs were able to pull away to take a 23-18 lead after a 5-0 run. Lux gave the Bucs set point before she combined with McPartland to secure set one 25-19. Alyssa Kvarta had 11 assists and Marija Popovic had 11 digs. ETSU as a team had three blocks and held The Citadel to a .086 hitting percentage.

Set 2: Popovic put the Bucs ahead 4-0 after her service run. The Citadel was able to get within one, but Kvarta was dominant on the service line, helping ETSU to 7-1 run to take an 11-4 lead. Senior AJ Lux was unstoppable throughout the second set recording three kills in a row to put the Bucs ahead 21-9. ETSU had back-to-back blocks to clinch the second set 25-12. After two sets, Lux led the Bucs with 13 kills, no errors and a .565 hitting percentage. Kvarta added 10 assists to her campaign, while McPartland had five block assists.

Set 3: The Citadel went ahead 4-0 before Mariah McPartland reeled off five straight serves, including two aces to give the Bucs a 7-6 edge. Kvarta once again came through on the service line to put the Bucs up 15-12 with another 5-0 run. The Citadel would come back to tie the set at 18, but Clayton was able to give the Bucs three straight kills. Lux would set ETSU up for match point after her kill and then eventually finish it with her 18th kill of the match, 25-22.

Up Next: The Bucs will face No. 4 Mercer tomorrow, Nov. 17 in the semifinals. The match is slated for 2:00 p.m.

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