September 20, 20191st2nd3rdFinal
ETSUTeam StatsUT
0.137Hitting Pct.0.376
102Total Attacks101
Cunningham - 7
KillsGrubbs - 17
Arnold - 17
AssistsHansen - 37
Esposito - 1
AcesCoulter - 2
Cherney - 13
DigsPellizzon - 17
Massey - 2
BlocksFingall - 6
Bucs Fall to Vols in Three Sets
Bucs Fall to Vols in Three Sets
Friday, September 20, 2019

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 20, 2019) – ETSU’s volleyball team found itself on the wrong side of a three-set match for the first time this season on Friday evening. The Bucs fell to the University of Tennessee 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-13). 

Set 1 (25-23 UT): The first set was the closest that the Bucs have played so far this season. The first frame featured 15 ties and four lead changes. Both teams had a lead of three points, ETSU led 7-4 and UT led 19-16, but both squads came back from their deficits. The teams alternated points from 20-20 to 23-23 before UT took the final two points of the frame. 
Set 2 (25-12 UT): The Vols started strong in the second with a 7-2 run to start the set. They controlled the momentum throughout taking a 20-10 lead before taking the frame 25-15.  

Set 3 (25-13 UT): Like the second set, Tennessee came out hot with an 8-3 start. The Bucs started a small comeback to bring the deficit within six at 14-8, but Tennessee battled back to take a 18-9 advantage.  The Vols closed out the match with a 7-4 run to take the frame 25-13.

Key stats:

  • Sydney Cherney (Knoxville, Tenn.) started at libero for the Bucs with 13 digs while fielding all 20 of the serves directed her way cleanly. Cherney added three assists and a kill to her final stat line.
  • Emily Arnold tallied 17 of ETSU’s 23 assists on the night.
  • Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.), Lauren Hatch (Homewood, Ill.), and Sara Esposito (Venezia, Italy)  combined for 14 kills while committing just four attack errors.

ETSU is back in action tomorrow at 10 a.m. tomorrow to take on the Bison of North Dakota State. The Blue and Gold finish out the Tennessee Classic with a 5:30 p.m. battle tomorrow night against the Eagles of Georgia Southern.

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