October 26, 20191st2nd3rdFinal
UNC Greensboro1324160
0.159Hitting Pct.0.279
113Total Attacks122
Keilen - 10
Esch - 10
KillsHatch - 12
McHugh - 27
AssistsArnold - 34
Robeck - 1
AcesArnold - 3
Howell - 15
DigsPopovic - 20
Robeck - 4
BlocksMassey - 2
Bucs Earn First Home Sweep With 3-0 Victory Over UNCG
Bucs Earn First Home Sweep With 3-0 Victory Over UNCG
Saturday, October 26, 2019

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2019) —The ETSU volleyball team came out strong after suffering their first Southern Conference loss of the season last night. The Bucs defeated the UNCG Spartans 3-0 (25-13, 26-24, 25-16) on Saturday afternoon to get their ninth win of conference play.

With the win, ETSU improves to 18-4 (9-1 SoCon) and UNCG falls to 9-15 (3-7 SoCon).   

Set 1 (25-13 ETSU): The match was tied at three and then ETSU went on an 8-1 run to hold a seven-point advantage which proved to be all they needed to win the first set. The Spartans were unable to get any closer than seven as the Bucs pulled out to a 10-point cushion, up 19-9. The Blue and Gold took a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-13 victory in the opening frame. ETSU hit .444 in the first set with 14 kills on 27 swings and just two errors.

Set 2 (26-24 ETSU): The second set was a lot more competitive than the first with UNCG tying the frame at 24. The Bucs held a seven-point advantage up 23-16 before UNCG jumped on an 8-1 run to tie the stanza. Lauren Hatch (Homewood, Ill.) registered back-to-back kills to close out the second set and give the Bucs a 26-24 set win. In the second frame, the teams combined for no reception errors on 47 serves.

Set 3 (25-16 ETSU): For the second consecutive night, ETSU took the third frame 25-16. The Bucs started off the set with four straight points. The Blue and Gold went on another 4-0 run late in the frame to take a 16-10 with an ace from Emily Arnold (Louisville, Ky.) and two kills. ETSU was able to push their lead to nine and win the match on back-to-back service aces from Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia).  

Key stats:

  • Sara Esposito (Venezia, Italy) and Olivia Cunningham (Knoxville, Tenn.) both hit above .400 in the match. Esposito had eight kills and no errors while Cunningham logged nine kills on 20 swings.
  • Hatch and Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) logged double-digit kills with 12 and 11, respectively. Hatch finished the match with nine digs, Massey ended with seven.
  • Sydney Cherney and Popovic combined for 34 digs. Popovic registered a match-high 20 digs while Cherney tallied her first career kill.
  • Arnold led the contest with 34 assists and three aces.

Inside the numbers:

  • The 25-13 victory in the first frame was the biggest margin of victory for the Bucs in a set in SoCon play this season. The last time they won a conference set by 12 points or more was on Oct. 6 of last season against Furman.
  • ETSU had no reception errors throughout the match on 47 serves from the Spartans. This marks the first time this season they have accomplished that stat and the first since Nov. 3 of last year.
  • The Bucs close out the month of October with a 7-1 record and are now 16-0 when the team hits above .200.
  • ETSU’s .279 attack clip is the best for the squad in Brooks Gym this season.
  • The match featured just two lead changes, both occurred in the first frame.

The Bucs are back home next Friday when they host the Mercer Bears at 6 p.m. 

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