|October 18, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
- 19||Kills||Kelsi Hobbs
- 59||Assists||Corinne Meglic
Emily Arnold - 1
Corinne Meglic - 1
Courtney Johnson - 1
Emily Naubert - 1
- 16||Digs||Emily Naubert
Sara Esposito - 4
Birmingham, Ala. (Oct. 18, 2019) – In a rematch of last season’s SoCon tournament championship match, ETSU’s volleyball team flipped the script and defeated Samford in five sets, 3-2 (25-21, 25-23, 22-25, 19-25, 15-12).
With the win, ETSU improves to 17-3 (8-0 SoCon) as the only undefeated team in the conference. Samford falls to 12-5 (6-1 SoCon).
Set 1 (25-21 ETSU): After a tightly contested beginning of the set, the Bucs took charge taking a 15-10 lead on a 4-0 run. ETSU held a seven-point advantage up 21-14 which was a much-needed cushion. The Bulldogs began to inch back with a 5-1 run late in the frame to cut the Bucs’ lead to three at 23-20. ETSU won two of the next three points with two kills to take the first set, 25-21.
Set 2 (25-23 ETSU): ETSU came out strong in the beginning of the set up 9-3 to force a Bulldogs timeout. The Bulldogs fought hard out of the timeout to cut their deficit to two at 13-11. Samford ultimately came within one point down 17-16 before the Bucs jumped on a 3-0 run. ETSU held a 24-20 advantage and the Bulldogs went on a 3-0 run of their own. ETSU held their final set point up 24-23 when Lundyn Coffman (Murfeesboro, Tenn.) pounded a kill to give the Bucs the set 25-23.
Set 3 (25-23 SAM): In the beginning of the third, the Bulldogs went on a 4-0 and 5-1 run to ultimately put Samford up 12-8 and force an ETSU timeout. Samford’s lead did not reach five points throughout the set and ETSU was able to come close late. ETSU cut within two points of Samford’s lead at 23-21 and came within one down 24-23. Samford took the second set to extend the match with a kill from Kelsi Hobbs.
Set 4 (25-23 SAM): The fourth frame was close until Samford went on a 5-1 run to put them up 14-9. The Bucs fell behind 18-12 and were unable to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to any less than five. Samford took the fourth frame 25-19 like they did the third with a kill from Hobbs.
Set 5 (15-12 ETSU): Samford took their momentum in the third set leading 6-3 to force ETSU to call a timeout early. The Bucs battled out of the timeout to go on a 6-1 run and put the Blue and Gold up 9-7. The Bulldogs were able to tie the set at nine before ETSU ran away with the match. The Bucs held a 12-9 advantage to force the hosts to call their final timeout of the frame. ETSU’s freshman proved strong in the end of the set as Olivia Cunningham (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Lauren Hatch (Homewood, Ill.) put the match away for the Blue and Gold winning the fifth frame 15-12.
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