|September 20, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
|September 21, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
North Dakota St.
Tanchin - 2
Cunningham - 2
Halverson - 3
|September 21, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
Turner - 2
Bryant - 4
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 19, 2019) – The ETSU volleyball team is set for their fourth and final preseason tournament as they travel to the Tennessee Classic beginning Friday evening. The weekend kicks off with a rematch between the Bucs and the Vols after ETSU knocked off Tennessee in five sets in Brooks Gym last year.
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LAST TIME OUT: Last weekend, the Blue and Gold posted a 2-1 record at the UAB invite. The Bucs defeated Alcorn State in three sets and Georgia State in five. They closed out the tournament with a 3-2 loss to UAB. The Bucs were outhit by GSU in their 3-2 marking the first time since 2015 ETSU was outhit and won the match.
ETSU vs. Tennessee: UT leads 18-3. The Bucs won 3-2 last year.
ETSU vs. NDSU: First ever meeting.
ETSU vs. Georgia Southern: ETSU leads 16-12. The Bucs won the last matchup 3-0 in 2016.
A LOOK AT ETSU: ETSU sits atop the SoCon with a 7-2 record. The Bucs currently lead the conference in hitting percentage (.242), blocks (2.51/s) and opponent hitting percentage (.156). The Blue and Gold are currently 2-1 against teams in the Sun Belt with wins against Troy and Georgia State and a 3-2 loss to Coastal Carolina.
The Bucs are coming off a regular-season conference championship and the first-ever NCAA at-large bid in SoCon’s history. After losing five starters, the Bucs are looking at a new starting lineup. Top returners feature the lone senior, Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) and reigning back-to-back SoCon Libero of the Year, Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia). ETSU is returning six players overall and welcomes seven freshmen to the squad. Last season, ETSU finished 28-7 overall and 15-1 in conference action.
After falling in the 2018 Conference Championship game to Samford, the Bucs received an at-large bid to face Purdue in the NCAA Tournament. In addition to seven freshmen, the Blue and Gold welcome a new coaching staff featuring a new head coach in Benavia Jenkins and assistants Giovanny Delevry and Andrew Pile.
A LOOK AT TENNESSEE: The Lady Vols have a 3-4 record, but have dropped two matches in five sets to No. 6 Illinois and one match to No. 5 Baylor 3-0. Their other loss was at the hands of Cincinnati at home 3-0. The Lady Vols currently sit last in the SEC with their record. UT is hitting .223 with their opponents hitting .227.
A LOOK AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN: Georgia Southern is coming off of a 3-2 loss to North Florida on Tuesday night. Overall, the Eagles are 4-4 and 0-1 against SoCon teams. They lost to Mercer in three sets at the beginning of the season. The Eagles are holding their opponents to a .193 hitting percentage this season.
A LOOK AT NDSU: NDSU currently sits at 5-4 on the season coming off of back-to-back wins at home. The Bison are led by Kalli Hegerle, who has five double-doubles and four triple-doubles this year. NDSU join ETSU as the only teams in the tournament with a winning record.
BUCS COMING BACK HOME: Sydney Cherney, Olivia Cunningham and Sidney Sherril (Knoxville, Tenn.), three of ETSU’s seven freshmen, are playing in their hometown. The three of them played on a club team in Knoxville with Kailey Kebble, a freshman on the Vols’ roster.
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