September 13, 20191st2nd3rdFinal
Alcorn State1622180
.278Hitting Pct..137
97Total Attacks95
Sara Esposito - 11
KillsCurry - 6
Thompkins - 6
Emily Arnold - 21
AssistsChambers - 23
Sidney Sherrill - 2
AcesBarren - 2
Marija Popovic - 14
DigsChambers - 8
Sidney Sherrill - 6
BlocksThompkins - 4
Valadares - 4
Bucs Sweep Lady Bears on Day One of UAB Invite
Bucs Sweep Lady Bears on Day One of UAB Invite
Friday, September 13, 2019

Massey Hits Over .600 For Second Game This Season


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Sept. 13, 2019) – ETSU’s volleyball was back to its winning ways on Friday afternoon with a 3-0 sweep of Alcorn State (25-16, 25-22, 25-18). The Bucs improve to 6-1 with the victory.

Set 1 (25-16 ETSU): Like the majority of first sets for the Blue and Gold this season, the first frame was back and forth at the beginning. The Bucs went on a 6-0 run with two kills from Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) and kills from Sara Esposito (Venezia, Italy) and Lauren Hatch (Homewood, Ill.) to take a 14-7 advantage. ETSU didn’t look back and finished the first set on a 7-1 run to take the game 25-16.  

Set 2 (25-22 ETSU): The Bucs got off to a hot start in the second set with Lundyn Coffman (Nolensville, Tenn.) contributing early with three kills on the first four ETSU points. Alcorn St. battled back with a 6-1 run to bring the set to 17-16, but the Lady Bears never took the lead. Esposito ended the frame with her sixth kill of the match to give the Bucs a 2-0 advantage in the match.   

Set 3 (25-18 ETSU): ETSU took the momentum from the second set and took a 4-0 lead in the third game of the match. Like the second set, Alcorn St. tied the frame twice, but the Bucs never gave up the lead. Freshman middle-blocker, Sidney Sherrill (Knoxville, Tenn.) shined in the third frame with a match-high four kills and served the four final points of the set. The Bucs took the third set 25-18 to clinch the victory.  

Key stats:

  • Massey continued to dominate at the net with a .677 attack clip (10-for-15). Esposito joined the senior as the only two players in the match to log 10 or more kills. Esposito led all players with 11 hitting .429.
  • Sherrill finished with a match-high six blocks and two solo. She set a career high in that category and kills (five).
  • Emily Arnold (Louisville, Ky.) and Mary Catherine Smith (Murfreesboro, Tenn) shared duties at the setter position combining for 39 assists. Smith’s 18 helpers mark a career high for the sophomore.
  • Hatch finished one kill shy of a double-double hitting .300 and adding 10 doubles to her line. 

Inside the numbers

  • Prior to last weekend, Massey had never hit above .500 in her career. Since, she has hit above .600 in two out of the previous three matches.
  • Three Bucs had nine or more kills. Alcorn St. had no players with more than six.
  • Sherrill marked a career-high with five kills in her second career start, her previous high was three.
  • Smith set a career-high in assists (18) and digs (4). She also slotted the first ace of her career.

The Bucs are back in action tomorrow at 1 and 5:30 p.m. EST to face Georgia State and UAB. Live stat links are available at Fans can watch the UAB match for a one-time fee.

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