|October 25, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||Final|
Mack - 14
Dunn - 2
Esposito - 3
|October 26, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
Esch - 10
Volleyball to Host Second-Annual "Pink Out" on Friday
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 24, 2019) – ETSU’s volleyball team comes back to Brooks Gym this weekend to host the Furman Paladins and the UNCG Spartans. Earlier this season, ETSU defeated both teams on the road. Friday’s match is set for 6 p.m. and the first serve for Saturday’s contest is at 3 p.m.
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Game sponsor: Fanatics101 will be the game sponsor for Friday’s match.
Promotion: We will be handing out Pink ETSU Volleyball shirts in support of breast cancer awareness to the fans while supplies last.
LAST TIME OUT: Last weekend, the Blue and Gold saw their toughest two opponents this season facing two undefeated conference teams in Western Carolina and Samford. The Bucs were the lone team to come out of the weekend unbeaten to sit atop the SoCon standings. The Blue and Gold swept WCU last Wednesday led by Sara Esposito’s (Venezia, Italy) .571 hitting percentage. On Saturday, ETSU outlasted the Bulldogs in a thrilling five-setter on the road to remain unbeaten and record their 10th straight win.
ETSU vs. Furman: This will be the 57th meeting all-time. Furman leads the series 30-27, but ETSU has won the last three contests over the Paladins.
ETSU vs. UNCG: This will be the 35th matchup all-time. ETSU leads 23-11 and swept the Spartans earlier this year.
A LOOK AT ETSU: The Bucs are the lone undefeated team in SoCon play hosting an 8-0 record in the conference and 17-3 record overall. ETSU is one of nine NCAA Division I teams with an active win streak of 10 matches or more and are one of 17 teams with 17 or more wins on the season. ETSU currently leads the SoCon in four categories: hitting percentage (.236), assists (12.22/set), kills (13.08/set) and blocks (2.27/set). Individually, Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) sits third in the conference rankings with a .333 attack clip as Olivia Cunningham (Knoxville, Tenn.) is third averaging 3.51 kills/set. Defensively, Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia) is third in the conference with 4.15 digs/set.
ETSU has had a player named with a SoCon weekly honor seven times this season which leads the conference. Emily Arnold (Louisville, Ky.) has won Setter of the Week three times, Massey has been tabbed Offensive Player of the Week twice and Popovic and Sydney Cherney (Knoxville, Tenn.) have both earned a defensive honor once this season.
The Bucs are coming off a regular-season conference championship and the first-ever NCAA at-large bid in SoCon’s history. ETSU is returning six players overall and welcomes seven freshman to the squad. Last season, ETSU finished 28-7 overall and 15-1 in conference action. In addition to seven freshmen, the Blue and Gold welcome a new coaching staff featuring a new head coach in Benavia Jenkins and assistants Giovanny Delevry and Andrew Pile.
A LOOK AT FURMAN: Furman began the season 0-14 but has won four of their last five matches. The Paladins have yet to sweep a team yet this season with two of their wins coming in five-set fashion. Most recently, Furman is coming off of a five-set victory over Mercer. In the win, Furman tallied 11 blocks and hit a whopping .476 in the fifth set to get the win. Furman ranks second in the conference in blocks with 2.06/set. The Paladins’ Andrea Aceveda is second in the SoCon with 4.33 digs/set.
A LOOK AT UNCG: UNCG began the season 6-8 but is 3-5 through the first round of SoCon play to host an overall 9-13 record. The Spartans rank fourth in the conference with 14.59 digs/set. UNCG’s junior Maria Esch sits seventh in the conference in kills per set with 3.34 during conference play. Last time out, the Spartans defeated Mercer at home in four sets. UNCG’s opponents have outscored the Spartans in every set except the fifth where UNCG holds a 31-27 advantage. The Spartans are 2-0 in five-set matches this season.
EARLIER THIS SEASON: ETSU faced the Paladins and the Spartans to begin conference play in late September. In the first match against Furman, all four sets were decided by three points or less. The Paladins took the first set 26-24 before ETSU came back to win the following three games. Arnold set her career-best at the time with 50 assists and for the first time this season, ETSU had four hitters with 10 or more kills. Furman’s Courtney Hoffman was dominant offensively with 16 kills in 20 swings for a .750 hitting percentage. In the second SoCon battle of the season, ETSU swept UNCG in a match which all sets were also decided by three points or less. Cunningham led the way for the Bucs with 14 kills.
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