ETSU Athletics Announces Summer Camp Information

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 3, 2021) -- The East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Thursday information on its 2021 summer camps.


ETSU Student-Athletes Continue Success in Classroom with 3.165 Spring GPA

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 1, 2021) – Continuing a trend of success both in and out of the classroom, the ETSU Athletic Department is proud to announce its student-athletes generated a cumulative grade point average of 3.165 during the spring semester.


Jenkins Adds Two to 2021 Fall Squad

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 27, 2021) — ETSU Volleyball Head Coach, Benavia Jenkins, announced on Tuesday morning the addition of McKenna Dietz and Taylor Roberts to join the program next fall.


ETSU Day of Giving – Five Things to Know

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 14, 2021) -- As the annual ETSU Day of Giving campaign is set to begin this Thursday at 9 a.m., below are the Five Things to Know to support our student-athletes.


ETSU Day of Giving: Virtual Sellout

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 8, 2021) – ETSU Athletics Department is officially one week out from the annual Day of Giving which begins at noon on April 15 and runs through Homecoming. ETSU is full of traditions that we hold sacred and we are inviting all fans to be part of our traditions as we continue to give on our Day of Giving.


Esposito and Forster Earn All-SoCon Accolades

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (April 1, 2021) – The Southern Conference announced its volleyball postseason awards on Thursday afternoon and two members of the ETSU Volleyball team were recognized. Sara Esposito (Venezia, Italy) was named to the All-SoCon Second Team and Jenna Forster (Maryville, Tenn.) earned All-Freshman honors.


ETSU Sweeps Chattanooga in Regular-Season Finale

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 29, 2021) — The ETSU Volleyball Team concluded the regular season with its second consecutive sweep over the Chattanooga Mocs. The Bucs defeated UTC 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 26-24) on Monday evening in Brooks Gym.


Bucs' Block Blows Away Mocs in Straight Sets

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 28, 2021) — The ETSU Volleyball Team used a .500 hitting percentage in its 25-12 third-set victory over Chattanooga to sweep the Mocs 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-12) on Sunday evening inside of Brooks Gym.


ETSU Hosts Chattanooga to Conclude 2021 Regular Season

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 27, 2021) – The ETSU Volleyball team will conclude its 2021 Spring season on Sunday, March 28 and Monday, March 29 inside Brooks Gym vs the Chattanooga Mocs.


Commish Chat Episode 18: Scott Carter

Commish Chat is a series of one-on-one interviews between Southern Conference Commissioner Jim Schaus and various student-athletes, coaches, administrators, media members and more as they discuss SoCon athletics and issues that affect college athletics on a broader scale.


Bucs Drop Three-Set Battle to Bears

MACON, Ga. (March 22, 2021) — In its final road contest of the season, the ETSU Volleyball Team was unable to stop multiple comebacks by the Mercer Bears inside of Hawkins Arena on Monday evening. The hosts swept (25-21, 25-23, 25-23) ETSU to improve to 12-4 in league play, while ETSU dropped to 5-9.


ETSU Falls in Three Sets at Mercer

MACON, Ga. (March 21, 2021) — The ETSU Volleyball Team began its final road trip of the season with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-21) setback inside of Hawkins Arena to the Mercer Bears.


ETSU Heads to Macon for Final Pair of Road Matches

MACON, Ga. (March 20, 2021) –The ETSU Volleyball team will conclude its SoCon road slate on Sunday and Monday against the Mercer Bears in Macon, Ga. ETSU enters the match with a 5-7 record in league play, while Mercer is 9-3.


Arnold Tabbed SoCon Setter of the Week

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (March 16, 2021) – ETSU Volleyball sophomore setter, Emily Arnold (Louisville, Ky.) has been named the Southern Conference Setter of the Week, the SoCon office announced Tuesday afternoon.


ETSU Falls in Five Sets to The Citadel

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 15, 2021) — After taking the first two sets, the ETSU Volleyball team was unable to stop The Citadel Bulldogs’ three-set comeback on Monday night inside Brooks Gym. The Citadel took the match 3-2 (16-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-13) to give ETSU its second five-set loss of the season.


Forster and Esposito Net Season Highs in Bucs’ Sweep Over Bulldogs

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 14, 2021) — The ETSU Volleyball team snapped its six-match losing skid on Sunday afternoon with a sweep of the visiting Citadel Bulldogs in Brooks Gym. In the 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-22) victory, Sara Esposito (Venezia, Italy) and Jenna Forster (Maryville, Tenn.) both hit above .400 with 16 kills.


Bucs Close Out Homestand vs The Citadel

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 13, 2021) –The ETSU Volleyball team is back in Brooks Gym for the second consecutive week on Sunday, March 14 and Monday, March 15 to host the visiting Citadel Bulldogs.


Fast Start Not Enough for Bucs to Defeat First Place Bulldogs

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 8, 2021) — The ETSU Volleyball team was unable to continue momentum in Brooks Gym after winning the first set over the Samford Bulldogs on Monday night. Samford defeated ETSU in four sets, 22-25, 25-5, 25-21, 25-14.


ETSU Tallies 13 Aces in 3-1 Setback to Samford

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (March 7, 2021) — The ETSU Volleyball team was back in Brooks Gym for the second series this season. After winning the first set, 25-21, the Blue and Gold were unable to pull through in the final three, falling at the hands of the Samford Bulldogs, 3-1 (21-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-21). The two teams combined for 23 aces and 157 digs in the four-setter.


Bulldogs Visit Brooks for Two-Day Clash with Buccaneers

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 6, 2021) – For the first time in three weeks, the ETSU Volleyball team will be back in Brooks Gym this weekend as the Blue and Gold will host the Samford Bulldogs on Sunday, March 7 and Monday, March 8.


Catamounts Defeat Bucs in Defensive Battle

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (March 1, 2021) – After losing their last three matches, the ETSU Volleyball team looked to turn things around on Monday evening In Cullowhee against Western Carolina. In a match that saw 363 attack attempts and 178 digs, the Catamounts won the four-setter, 21-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-22.


Bucs Fall at Western Carolina, 3-0

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (Feb. 28, 2021) – The ETSU Volleyball team began their season series against the Western Carolina Catamounts on Sunday afternoon looking to bounce back after consecutive SoCon losses. The shorthanded Bucs suffered their third-straight set back as WCU won in three sets (25-13, 25-17, 25-20).


Bucs Look to Bounce Back at Western Carolina

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (Feb. 27, 2021) – The last time the ETSU Volleyball team took the floor, they suffered their first road losses since 2018. The Blue and Gold look to rebound on the road Sunday, Feb. 28 and Monday, March 1 at Western Carolina


Southern Conference celebrates Founders’ Day

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Feb. 25 is perhaps the most important date in the history of the Southern Conference. On that particular Friday in 1921, the first day of the league’s groundbreaking basketball tournament, representatives from 14 of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s 30 members gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, to establish the Southern Intercollegiate College.


Wofford Hands ETSU First 3-0 Setback of the Season

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 22, 2021) — After suffering their first loss of the season yesterday, the ETSU Volleyball team was unable to get back in the win column on Monday evening inside Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium. The Bucs fell in three sets (25-15, 25-21, 25-10) to the Wofford Terriers.


ETSU volleyball suffers first loss of the season at Wofford

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 21, 2021) -- With the ETSU volleyball team on the verge of taking the first two sets over Wofford, an injury to one of its offensive leaders shifted momentum late in the second, and the Terriers rallied for a four-set win (25-22, 23-25, 13-25, 13-25) over the Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon inside Richardson Indoor Stadium.


Bucs Continue League Play in Spartanburg

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 20, 2021) – The ETSU Volleyball team looks to remain perfect after a 4-0 start to the season as they travel to Spartanburg to take on the Wofford Terriers on Sunday and Monday.


Cunningham Tabbed SoCon Offensive Player of the Week

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 16, 2020) — After becoming the first Buccaneer in program history to record 30 kills in a match, ETSU Volleyball outside hitter Olivia Cunningham (Knoxville, Tenn.) was named the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday afternoon.


Bucs Earn First Sweep with 3-0 Win over Spartans

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 15, 2021) — After a five-set thriller yesterday afternoon, the ETSU Volleyball team defeated the UNCG Spartans 3-0 (27-25, 25-19, 25-18) for their first sweep of the season in Brooks Gym on Monday evening.


Cunningham’s Dramatic Record-Breaking Kill Caps ETSU’s Comeback

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 14, 2021) — In a match that featured 122 kills, the final one did more than decide the match. Olivia Cunningham’s (Knoxville, Tenn.) 30th kill gave ETSU the 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-11) victory over UNCG and set a new program record for kills in a match.


ETSU Hosts UNCG for Spring Volleyball Home Opener

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 13, 2021) – For the first time in 455 days, the ETSU Volleyball team will play on their home floor. The Bucs will host the UNCG Spartans on Sunday, Feb. 14 and Monday, Feb. 15 as they continue league play.


ETSU Athletics Announces Spring Capacities at Sporting Events

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 4, 2021) – The East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has officially announced its plans for capacities at sporting events to begin the 2021 spring seasons.


Buccaneer Duo Earns SoCon Weekly Honors

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Feb. 2, 2021) — After a 2-0 start to the season, ETSU middle blocker Sanne Maring (Groningen, The Netherlands) and was named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week and Emily Arnold (Louisville, Ky.) earned conference setter of the week honors, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.


Bucs’ Block Party Secures Series Sweep over Paladins

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Feb. 1, 2021) — Defense at the net was the difference maker for the ETSU Volleyball team on Monday evening as the Bucs used 14 blocks to take down the Furman Paladins 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 21-25, 25-20) on the road.


A Win Well Worth the Wait; Bucs Open 2021 with Win Over Paladins

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Jan. 31, 2021) — The first win of the season is always something to celebrate, but when there’s 434 days in-between matches, it feels even better. ETSU’s volleyball team defeated the Furman Paladins in the 2021 spring opener 3-2 (25-16, 24-26, 25-19, 29-31, 15-6) on Sunday afternoon.


Volleyball Opens 2021 Spring Campaign at Furman

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Jan. 30, 2021) – It has been 433 days since the ETSU Volleyball team competed on the hardwood. After a long 14 months away from competition, the Bucs are back in action to begin Southern Conference competition against the Furman Paladins on Sunday and Monday.


Southern Conference announces the SoCon Alfred White Trailblazer Recognition

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Southern Conference Racial Equity and Justice Task Force announced the SoCon Alfred White Trailblazer Recognition on Friday afternoon, an initiative developed in conjunction with the conference’s 100th anniversary to honor Black student-athletes, faculty and administrators who have paved the way and contributed to the success of those who came after them in the league.


Racial Equity and Justice Task Force announces inaugural “Unity Campaign”

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Southern Conference Racial Equity and Justice Task force announced its inaugural “Unity Campaign,” which will run from Monday, Jan. 25, through Friday, Jan. 29, the league office announced Friday.


ETSU Volleyball Tabbed SoCon Favorite

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 18, 2021) — The ETSU Volleyball team was named the Southern Conference favorite, while three Buccaneers earned all-conference honors as the league office announced its preseason polls on Monday afternoon prior to the 2021 Spring season.


SoCon Racial Equity and Justice Task Force update

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference Racial Equity and Justice Task Force has kept busy since its October inception.


ETSU Student-Athletes Excel with 3.28 Fall GPA

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Jan. 13, 2021) – In a year unlike any other, the ETSU Athletic Department is proud to announce the department GPA, recording a mark of 3.28 program-wide.


Southern Conference to celebrate 100 years in 2021

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- One of the oldest conferences in college athletics, the Southern Conference will celebrate a century of athletic and academic achievement in 2021 with a variety of initiatives throughout the year.


Jenkins Announces Five Signees in Early Signing Period

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 20, 2020) — ETSU Volleyball Head Coach Benavia Jenkins officially announced the addition of five student-athletes on Friday morning during the early signing period.


SoCon extends relationship with ESPN and ESPN+

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- The Southern Conference has reached a new six-year agreement with ESPN and ESPN+ through the 2025-26 academic year that features even more conference games across ESPN networks, as well as an increased presence across ESPN Digital platforms.


SoCon Alters Spring 2021 Conference Volleyball Slate

Johnson City, Tenn. (Nov. 3, 2020) — The Southern Conference announced changes to the league’s spring 2021 volleyball schedule on Tuesday afternoon. Conference teams will now play both meetings of the season against each opponent on consecutive days, meeting Sundays and Mondays to minimize concerns surrounding the coronavirus.


ETSU Athletics Launches Limited Time Online Shop Featuring Throwback Logos

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2020) -- ETSU fans, are you looking for the perfect holiday gift?


SoCon Releases Spring 2021 Conference Volleyball Slate

Johnson City, Tenn. (Oct. 22, 2020) — The Southern Conference announced its volleyball schedule on Thursday afternoon as the Bucs will play their first spring slate in program history in 2021 due to the postponement of the fall.


Jerseys For Social Justice: Benavia Jenkins

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 21, 2020) -- Jerseys For Social Justice is ETSU Athletics video campaign featuring the school’s Black student-athletes and coaches and their stories of being Black in America. Topics discussed throughout the series will include systematic racism, social justice, equality, police brutality and first-person accounts of individual racism in the lives of student-athletes and coaches.


ETSU Athletics to hold Virtual 5K Run/Walk

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 7, 2020) -- Buccaneer fans, lace up your sneakers and participate in the ETSU Athletics Virtual 5K Run/Walk to be held Oct. 24-Nov. 1. Proceeds from this event will benefit our “All Hands on Deck” Commitment to Excellence initiative.


Meet Sara Esposito

Johnson City, Tenn. (Oct. 16, 2020) — Sara Esposito (Venezia, Italy) is a junior right-side hitter on ETSU’s volleyball team. Last season, Esposito played 30 of the team’s 31 matches and was fourth on the team with a .293 hitting percentage and 2.63 kills per set. She was second on the squad with 111 blocks and was named to the Southern Conference All-Tournament Team after hitting .471 with 47 kills and just seven errors in the tournament.


Meet Lundyn Coffman

Johnson City, Tenn. (Oct. 8, 2020) — Lundyn Coffman (Nolensville, Tenn.) is a sophomore middle blocker on ETSU’s volleyball team. Last season, Coffman played in 29 of team’s 31 games.


SoCon announces Racial Equity and Justice Task Force

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Southern Conference Commissioner Jim Schaus announced Tuesday the formation of a Racial Equity and Justice Task Force to counsel the league by identifying concepts and developing actionable items that can be used by all conference member schools regarding improving racial equity and social justice. The 15-member panel is composed of a racially diverse blend of student-athletes, coaches, campus administrators and athletics department staff members, with at least one representative from each of the league’s 10 full member schools.


Jerseys For Social Justice: Lauren Hatch

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 6, 2020) -- Jerseys For Social Justice is ETSU Athletics video campaign featuring the school’s Black student-athletes and coaches and their stories of being Black in America. Topics discussed throughout the series will include systematic racism, social justice, equality, police brutality and first-person accounts of individual racism in the lives of student-athletes and coaches.


ETSU Athletics Announces All Hands on Deck Commitment to Excellence Initiative

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 5, 2020) -- The East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its “All Hands on Deck” Commitment to Excellence initiative, which is designed to support our student-athletes and athletic department as we push through the challenges created by COVID-19.


Meet Sidney Sherrill

Johnson City, Tenn. (Oct. 1, 2020) — Sidney Sherrill (Knoxville, Tenn.) is a sophomore middle blocker on ETSU’s volleyball team. Last season, Sherrill played in 16 matches and made two starts. She tallied a career high five kills and six blocks on Sept. 13 against Alcorn State.


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.