ETSU Athletics Announces Jerseys For Social Justice Video Initiative

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (September 28, 2020) -- The East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics’ What’s Important Now (WIN) committee released plans Monday for a 12-part video series Jerseys For Social Justice in which Black ETSU student-athletes and coaches share their experiences as Black Americans and discuss the biggest issues facing the Black community today.

Meet Olivia Cunningham

Johnson City, Tenn. (Sept. 23, 2020) — Olivia Cunningham (Knoxville, Tenn.) is a sophomore outside hitter on ETSU’s volleyball team. Last season, Cunningham played in 25 of the team’s 31 matches. En route to winning the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year, the Knoxville native led all SoCon freshman with 3.36 kills per set and was third in the conference. She logged 40 aces and 25 assists. Cunningham concluded the 2019 season with six double-doubles.

Meet Sydney Cherney

Johnson City, Tenn. (Sept. 16, 2020) — Sydney Cherney (Knoxville, Tenn.) is a sophomore libero/DS on ETSU’s volleyball team. Last season, Cherney played in 29 of the team’s 31 matches. In the back row, she logged 206 digs and 21 assists. She got the first start of her career at the Tennessee Classic against UT, North Dakota State and Georgia Southern. Throughout the weekend, Cherney recorded a 98% reception percentage on serves, totaled 11 assists and 107 digs over the course of three matches to earn Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Meet Emily Arnold

Johnson City, Tenn. (Sept. 9, 2020) — Emily Arnold (Louisville, Ky.) is a sophomore setter on ETSU’s volleyball team. Last season, Arnold played and started in all of the team’s 31 matches. She concluded her freshman year with 1,249 assists averaging 10.24 assist per set. The freshman setter recorded 33 aces, 74 kills and 205 digs and had 40+ assists in 18 of her matches. Arnold was named to the SoCon All-Freshman Team, the All-SoCon Second Team, logged four SoCon Setter of the Week honors and was named the October SoCon Setter of the Month.

Meet Lauren Hatch

Johnson City, Tenn. (Oct. 13, 2020) — Lauren Hatch (Homewood, Ill.) is a sophomore outside hitter on ETSU’s volleyball team. Last season, Hatch played in 29 of the team’s 31 matches and averaged 3.02 kills/set (10th in the SoCon). She logged 344 kills, 20 aces and 40 blocks. On Nov. 2 against Chattanooga, Hatch tied a program record with 29 kills in a match.

A Letter to Our ETSU Family

To the Buccaneer Family, I hope this finds you and your family healthy and doing well.

Southern Conference postpones fall conference competition

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Aug. 13, 2020) – The Southern Conference Council of Presidents announced Thursday that the league will not have fall conference competition due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing for nonconference contests if desired. It is the intention to move the fall sports’ regular-season competition and championships to the spring.

Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 7, 2020) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced that ETSU's was one of 1,313 teams that have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2019-20 season. This number has set an all-time record for the AVCA.

Southern Conference Statement on Fall Sports

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Aug. 6, 2020) – The Southern Conference Council of Presidents and Directors of Athletics are continuing their ongoing and comprehensive review of the COVID-19 environment and plans for fall sports. The overall health and safety of student-athletes and all participants are the foremost priorities.

Jenkins Adds Aryn Moura to Coaching Staff

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (August 4, 2020) — East Tennessee State University Volleyball Head Coach Benavia Jenkins announced on Tuesday afternoon the addition of Aryn Moura to her staff as an assistant coach.