September 27, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
East Tennessee St.242825253
.305Hitting Pct..310
151Total Attacks142
Lauren Hatch - 15
KillsNicole Mack - 17
Emily Arnold - 50
AssistsKatie Murphy - 53
Kaela Massey - 4
AcesSarah Turner - 2
Marija Popovic - 17
DigsAndrea Aceveda - 16
Kaela Massey - 4
Olivia Cunningham - 4
BlocksCourtney Hoffman - 4
Neci Harris - 4
Natalie Dunn - 4
ETSU Logs First Conference Win With 3-1 Victory Over Furman
Lauren Hatch was one of four players with 10 more kills for the Bucs!
ETSU Logs First Conference Win With 3-1 Victory Over Furman
Friday, September 27, 2019

Bucs Become The First SoCon Team With 10 Wins on the Season

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Sept. 27, 2019) – ETSU’s volleyball team defeated the Furman Paladins 3-1 (24-26, 28-26, 25-22, 25-23) to kick off conference play on Friday night. After falling behind 1-0 after the first frame, the Blue and Gold capitalized by hitting .350 over the course of the final three sets.  

With the victory, ETSU improves to 10-3 (1-0 SoCon) as Furman falls to 0-12 (0-1 SoCon).

Set 1 (26-24 FU): Both teams alternated points throughout the beginning of the first frame before the Bucs took an 18-15 lead. Furman went on a 3-0 run to force an ETSU timeout at 18-18. The Blue and Gold came out of the timeout to take a 24-22 lead to cause a Furman timeout. The Paladins forced a set point of their own out of the timeout with a 25-24 lead before taking the frame 26-24. The Paladins were strong at the net with five blocks including four solo in the set.  

Set 2 (28-26 ETSU): The second set was knotted up at four before the Bucs scored four points off of two kills and then back-to-back aces from Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.)The Paladins struck back to take a 13-12 lead of their own before the Blue and Gold jumped on a 3-0 run. Like the first frame, the Bucs held a 24-23 lead and Furman came back to hold a set point of their own. The Blue and Gold fought off two Paladin match points to give them a match point of their own at 27-26. Olivia Cunningham (Knoxville, Tenn.) logged her fourth kill of the match to give the Bucs the set, 28-26! 

Set 3 (25-22 ETSU): The third frame was back-and-forth until the Paladins held a 9-6 lead. The Blue and Gold battled back with a 3-0 run to bring the match to nine points apiece. The match was tied at 16 until the Bucs went on another 3-0 run to grab a 19-16 lead to force a Furman timeout. The Bucs held a 24-20 lead, to ultimately take the set 25-22 and hold a 2-1 advantage in the match.

Set 4 (25-23 ETSU): For the first time in the match, ETSU took the lead early at 10-5. The Paladins began a small comeback before ETSU converted on a block-assist from Massey and Lundyn Coffman (Nolensville, Tenn.) to take a 16-12 lead and cause a Furman timeout. The Paladins came back to cut their deficit to two at 23-21. Furman got within one at 24-23 before a kill by Cunningham put the match away!  

“It’s a great win for our girls and I’m proud of them,” said Benavia Jenkins, head coach. “It’s always a team effort, tonight the team did a great job of rallying behind our hitters and knowing where to be on the court.”

Key stats:

  • Massey (12), Sara Esposito (Venezia, Italy) (13), Cunningham (14) and Lauren Hatch (Homewood, Ill.) (15) and all logged more than 10 kills. Massey led the way with a .370 attack clip. Esposito and Cunningham hit .360 and .312 respectively.
  • Coffman was two kills away from joining the crew with 10 and finished with eight kills on 17 attempts for a .353 hitting percentage.
  • Emily Arnold set a career-high with 50 assists for the Blue and Gold and finished one dig away from a double-double.  
  • Marija Popovic logged 17 assists and six helpers in three sets of action.
  • Furman’s Courtney Hoffman led the match with 16 kills on 20 swings for a .750 attack clip.  
  • The two teams combined for 15 aces and 20 blocks. ETSU was led by Massey’s four aces behind the service line. Cunningham had a match-high with three solo blocks, she joined Massey with a team-high four total denials at the net.

Inside the numbers:

  • Four Bucs had ten or more kills in a match for the first time since Oct. 9, 2018. A total of eight players between the two teams had 10 or more.
  • Arnold’s 50 assists are the first time a Buc has hit the half-century mark since Alyssa Kvarta had 57 helpers at Samford on Oct. 27, 2018.
  • ETSU was outhit and won the match for the third time this season (.310-.305 today).
  • Hatch tied her previous career-best with 15 kills, the first time in nearly a month she’s hit that mark. 
  • The Blue and Gold have started 1-0 in conference action for the third straight season.

The Bucs continue conference play tomorrow at UNCG. First serve is slated for 5 p.m. Fans can watch live on ESPN3.

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