October 04, 20191st2nd3rdFinal
0.317Hitting Pct.0.245
104Total Attacks98
Cunningham - 14
KillsSzczepanski - 11
Arnold - 38
AssistsHalsey - 30
Massey - 2
Esposito - 2
AcesSzczepanski - 1
Arnold - 10
DigsKaufman - 8
Finch - 8
Coffman - 3
BlocksSzczepanski - 3
Halsey - 3
Rackel - 3
Bucs Continue SoCon Success With 3-0 Win Over Mocs
Bucs Continue SoCon Success With 3-0 Win Over Mocs
Friday, October 4, 2019

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (Oct. 4, 2019) — ETSU’s volleyball team continued their winning ways in conference action with a sweep over the Chattanooga Moccasins (25-21, 25-21, 25-19) on Friday evening. The Bucs have won five straight matches dating back to the end of September.

With the victory, ETSU improves to 12-3 ( 3-0 SoCon) as UTC falls to 5-10 (0-2 SoCon).

Set 1 (25-21 ESTU): The first frame was close at the beginning until ETSU took at 15-9 lead on a 5-1. Chattanooga came close towards the end of the frame on a 4-0 run to cut their deficit to three at 20-17. The Blue and Gold held off the Mocs to clinch the first set 25-21. Olivia Cunningham (Knoxville, Tenn.) finished the first set with five kills on seven attempts.  

Set 2 (25-21 ETSU): After not leading throughout the entire first set, the Mocs took their first lead of the match early in the second frame. Their lead did not last long as the Blue and Gold took the lead at 9-8 and never gave it up. The Bucs took that lead and jumped on the biggest run of the match, a 12-5 rout over the Mocs in the middle of the second. The Bucs capitalized on three kills and a Mocs attacking error to take the second frame just as the first at 25-21. 

Set 3 (25-19 ETSU): The third set was more competitive through the first half with the teams locked at 13 halfway through. The Bucs went on a 4-0 run to take a 17-13 lead and never gave it up. Chattanooga was unable to overcome their deficit as the Bucs ended up taking the third set 25-19 topped off by a Cunningham kill.

“I’m proud of the performance by our players tonight,” said Benavia Jenkins, head coach. “They executed the game plan from start to finish. We are taking our season one match at a time as we continue to better our game.”

Key stats:

  • For the second consecutive weekend, ETSU hit above .300 in a match, this time led by Kaela Massey’s (Brentwood, Tenn.) .471 attack clip. She finished with nine kills on 17 attempts with just one error. The senior had four digs and two aces to go with a team-high three blocks.
  • Lauren Hatch (Homewood, Ill.) logged 10 kills for the sixth time this season. Coming off the bench, she totaled a .391 hitting percentage, seven digs and two blocks.
  • Emily Arnold (Louisville, Ky.) recorded her third double-double of 2019. She added 35 assists and a match-high 10 digs. The setter continued to catch UTC’s defensive off guard with a career-best five kills.
  • Sara Esposito (Venezia, Italy) and Lundyn Coffman (Nolensville, Tenn.) combined for eight kills and five blocks. Esposito joined Massey as the only Bucs with multiple aces (2).
  • Cunningham started off strong, with a hitting percentage over .700 after the first set. The Mocs recorded three blocks off of the freshman to lower her final attack clip, but she still finished with a match-high 14 kills (.250). The Knoxville native was one dig shy of a double-double.
  • The Bucs outhit the Mocs .317-.245 throughout the match and only allowed one service ace from Chattanooga.

Inside the numbers:

  • The Blue and Gold have defeated Chattanooga in six straight matches dated back to 2017.
  • Massey has now logged a hitting percentage above .400 in three matches this season.
  • Cunningham has recorded 10 or more kills in 10 out of 11 matches she has played in.

“Emily [Arnold] did a great job distributing the ball all over the court,” said Massey in response to ETSU’s offensive success. “All of our hitters did a good job using Chattanooga’s block to our advantage.”

The Bucs are back in action tomorrow at Mercer. First serve is set for 6 p.m. Fans can follow the action on Twitter and with live stats.

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