November 17, 20181st2nd3rdFinal
.165Hitting Pct..273
103Total Attacks99
Roberta Todd - 11
KillsLeah Clayton - 15
Maddie Nunley - 29
AssistsAlyssa Kvarta - 30
Maddie Nunley - 1
AcesKaela Massey - 2
Marija Popovic - 2
Emilee Wissmach - 12
DigsLeah Clayton - 10
Marija Popovic - 10
Alexia Morey - 6
Brittany Major - 6
BlocksBraedyn Tutton - 4
ETSU claims a spot in SoCon Championship match with sweep over Mercer
ETSU claims a spot in SoCon Championship match with sweep over Mercer
Saturday, November 17, 2018

ETSU claims a spot in SoCon Championship match with sweep over Mercer

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 17, 2018) – The Bucs (28-5) advance to their second straight championship match after defeating No. 4 Mercer (16-13) on Saturday afternoon inside Fleming Gymnasium. This will be ETSU’s seventh championship final appearance, as the Bucs look to defend their 2017 title.

Inside the Numbers:

  • Leah Clayton (Danville, Va.) registered her 15th double-double. She finished with 15 kills, a .333 hitting percentage, and 10 digs.
  • AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) was also strong for the Bucs finishing with 13 kills.
  • Braedyn Tutton (Courtice, Ontario) finished with six kills, a .500 hitting percentage and four blocks. She ended the match with a kill.
  • Alyssa Kvarta (Crown Point, Ind.) recorded 30 assists, five digs and added two blocks. Kvarta has moved into fifth place in ETSU’s individual single-season records, currently at 1,274 assists.
  • Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) tallied 10 digs, while Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) had seven. Each had two service aces.
  • This is ETSU’s 18th sweep of the season and their last five matches have been three sets.
  • The Bucs also extend their win streak to 12.

Set 1: A 4-0 run sparked the Bucs offense with kills from Tutton and Lux, as ETSU went ahead 9-6. Marija Popovic’s serve run helped the Bucs jump to a 14-8 lead before Alyssa Kvarta would serve five straight to hold Mercer to 14 points. Lux was on a roll in the first set after recording six kills and she would clinch set one 25-14.

Set 2: Massey helped the Bucs to a five-point lead early in the set with her service run, which included an ace. ETSU would eventually go ahead by seven, before Mercer cut their deficit to three at 17-14. The Bucs would hold their three-point lead and take a 4-0 run, leading them to set point. Lux would come through again to secure the 25-20 set win.

Set 3: It was a back and forth set with 19 ties and nine lead changes as both teams put up a fight. A true team effort occurred in the third set with kills coming from Lux, Tutton, McPartland, Clayton, and Massey. Clayton helped the Bucs reach match point and Tutton would put down the winning kill, as the Bucs would pull away with the 26-24 win.

Up Next: ETSU will play the winner of the No. 2 Samford vs. No. 3 Furman match. The championship match is set for Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2:00 p.m.

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