October 12, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
The Citadel161825201
CitTeam StatsETSU
0.165Hitting Pct.0.272
139Total Attacks125
Jesus - 17
KillsHatch - 15
Fuhr - 42
AssistsArnold - 37
King - 1
Fuhr - 1
Jesus - 1
Cardenas - 1
AcesMassey - 1
Esposito - 1
Arnold - 1
Hatch - 1
Kellerman - 16
DigsPopovic - 24
Cardenas - 2
BlocksMassey - 5
Esposito - 5
Bucs Defeat Bulldogs; Improve to 23-0 All-Time Against The Citadel
Bucs Defeat Bulldogs; Improve to 23-0 All-Time Against The Citadel
Saturday, October 12, 2019

ETSU is 6-0 in SoCon play for the first time since 1991

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 12, 2019) — The ETSU Volleyball team had a quick turnaround since their five-set win on Friday night and was able to come out victorious 3-1 (25-16, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20) over The Citadel Bulldogs.  The Bucs are now 6-0 in SoCon play for the first time in 28 years.

With the victory, ETSU improves to 15-3 (6-0 SoCon) as The Citadel falls to 4-13 (0-6 SoCon).

Set 1 (25-16 ETSU): The Bucs came out strong outhitting the Bulldogs .414-.061 in the first set. ETSU led from the beginning and never gave up their lead. They led by as much as nine multiple times in the frame. The score was tied at 1-1 and 2-2 and the Bulldogs never touched the Bucs’ lead after the start.

Set 2 (25-18 ETSU): ETSU was just as strong in the second stanza taking the lead at 1-0 and never allowing The Citadel to match their score. ETSU only had eight kills in the set, but capitalized on four blocks, three aces and 10 attack errors from The Citadel to take the second set 25-18.  

Set 3 (25-21 Citadel): For the first time in the entire match, The Citadel led early and never gave up their advantage. ETSU tied the third set at six and seven, but were never able to take the lead. The Bulldogs hit .314 with 15 kills on 35 swings and two logged two aces in the set. The Bucs kept it close towards the end of the frame but the Bulldogs capitalized on a service error and three kills to take the set 25-21.

Set 4 (25-20 ETSU): The fourth set was the only one to feature any lead changes as the two teams were knotted up six times throughout the set and exchanged leads three times. In the fourth, the Blue and Gold came out like they did in the first with 15 kills on 34 swings and only three errors. The Bucs took advantage with six straight points in the middle of the set to take a 12-8 lead and they never gave it up. The Citadel inched close to ETSU late in the set closing in on their lead to make it 21-19, but the Bucs closed out the set on a 4-1 run to take the set and the match.

Key stats:

  • Lauren Hatch (Homewood, Ill.) tied her career-high for the fourth time this season logging 15 kills which led the team. In the back row, she had five digs and did not have a reception error.
  • Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) continued her dominance in SoCon play with 11 kills on 23 swings with no errors. The senior added five block assists to her line and an ace.
  • Emily Arnold (Louisville, Ky.) continued her quarterbacking duties with 37 assists and an ace. The setter had 11 digs to complete her fourth double-double of the season.
  • Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) had 20+ digs for the second straight day with a match-high 24 and five assists.
  • Lundyn Coffman (Nolensville, Tenn.) logged four kills and one error on nine swings while Olivia Cunningham (Knoxville, Tenn.) matched her line off the bench.
  • Abbie Trantham (Candler, N.C.) recorded her first solo block in conference play and had five kills in the contest.
  • The Bucs out blocked the Bulldogs 10-2.

Inside the numbers:

  • The Blue and Gold are 6-0 in SoCon action for the first time since 1991 when the team went 10-0 in conference play.
  • The Bucs were in the ASUN from 2005-2014 and the team went 6-0 once in that span.
  • Coming into tonight’s match, ETSU was 0-3 when losing the third set. The Bucs were 7-0 when leading two sets to none this season, now improving to 8-0.
  • Massey has hit above .400 in three SoCon matches this season.

The Bucs have a short three-day break before getting back on the court on Wednesday, Oct. 16. They travel to face the unbeaten Catamounts of Western Carolina at 6 p.m.

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