November 08, 20191st2nd3rd4thFinal
The Citadel142516121
.333Hitting Pct..119
120Total Attacks118
Massey - 13
Hatch - 13
KillsMellanie King - 13
Arnold - 49
AssistsMegan Fuhr - 31
Cunningham - 3
AcesMegan Fuhr - 1
Sarah Dobrich - 1
Maddy Cardenas - 1
Popovic - 21
DigsEmma Strong - 11
Coffman - 4
BlocksGina Delancey - 5
ETSU’s Strong Offense Leads Bucs to 3-1 Victory over The Citadel
ETSU’s Strong Offense Leads Bucs to 3-1 Victory over The Citadel
Friday, November 8, 2019

Volleyball Earns 12th SoCon Win of the Year

Charleston, S.C. (Nov. 8, 2019) — ETSU’s volleyball team began their last road trip of the season with a 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-16, 25-12) win over The Citadel Bulldogs on Friday night. With 11 kills on 19 attempts, Sara Esposito (Venezia, Italy) set a career-high with a .579 hitting percentage.

With the win, ETSU improves to 21-4, 12-1 SoCon and The Citadel drops to 11-15, 4-9 on the season.

Set 1 (25-14 ESTU): The Bucs were strong out of the gate, starting off the match with a 15-7 lead. At the first media timeout, Olivia Cunningham (Knoxville, Tenn.) had tallied four kills on her first four swings of the match. Towards the middle of the set, the Bucs held a 5-2 run to force the Bulldogs to take their first timeout of the match down 20-11. ETSU finished the set with a 5-3 run capped off by an ace from Cunningham.

Set 2 (25-23 CIT): The Citadel came out with fight in the second set ultimately taking a 13-9 lead to force ETSU to call their first timeout of the match. The Bucs came back to tie the set and the two squads alternated points throughout the remainder of the frame. The Citadel won the final two points of the set off of a block and a service error to tie the match at one set apiece.

Set 3 (25-16 ETSU): ETSU shined in the third and jumped out to a 10-1 lead early and that was all they needed. The Bucs hit .483 in the frame led Cunningham’s six kills on seven swings. Through the third set, ETSU had eight service aces with two from Marija Popovic (Belgrade, Serbia), Lauren Hatch (Homewood, Ill.) and Cunningham.

Set 4 (25-12 ETSU): The Blue and Gold began the fourth set the same as the third holding a 6-1 lead early. After the Bulldogs came back to cut their deficit to two, ETSU went on a seven-point run to take a 17-6 lead. The Bucs completed their most dominant set of the night with a 25-12 victory over the ‘Dogs.

Key stats:

  • Esposito led all hitters with her .579 clip and was the only hitter in the match to not have an error.
  • Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) finished tied for a team-high with 13 kills on 22 swings for a .545 hitting percentage. The senior middle added an ace, two blocks and three digs.
  • Cunningham and Hatch were the two other Bucs with above ten kills in the match with 12 and 13 respectively. Both outside hitters added two blocks with Cunningham tallying one of the two solo blocks of the match for ETSU.
  • Defensively, Lundyn Coffman (Nolensville, Tenn.) led the way with four blocks while Popovic logged 21 digs for the Blue and Gold.
  • Emily Arnold (Louisville, Ky.) had 49 of ETSU’s 51 assists. The three-time SoCon Setter of the Week also added three kills to her line.
  • ETSU outhit The Citadel .333 to .119. The Bucs hit a whopping .483 in the third set.
  • The Bucs had nine aces in the match compared to the Bulldogs’ three.

Inside the numbers:

  • Esposito’s .579 attack clip is a career-high for the sophomore and marks the second time this season she’s hit above .550.
  • Massey has hit .400 or better in six of teams’ 13 SoCon matches.
  • Arnold logged 45 or more assists in back-to-back matches.
  • The Bucs are now 24-0 all time against the Bulldogs, the longest win streak against one team in the program’s history.

The Bucs are back in action tomorrow to conclude their road matches with a 3 p.m. match at Wofford. Fans call follow the action on live stats and watch live on the SoCon Digital Network.

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