March 21, 20211st2nd3rdFinal
ETSU1723210
Mercer2525253
ETSUTeam StatsMercer
0.098Hitting Pct.0.218
35Kills36
23Errors12
122Total Attacks110
33Assists32
6Aces9
55Digs57
5Blocks7
ETSULeadersMercer
Forster - 12
KillsKarle - 12
Arnold - 31
AssistsRandolph - 16
Allen - 3
AcesUhrhan - 4
Cherney - 15
DigsKarle - 12
Maring - 3
BlocksHowell - 3
de Oliveira - 3
ETSU Falls in Three Sets at Mercer
ETSU Falls in Three Sets at Mercer
Sunday, March 21, 2021

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.   

HOW IT HAPPENED
Set 1 (25-17 MER): Mercer got off to a 7-6 lead, but extended its advantage to 12-7 with a 5-1 run, forcing ETSU to call its first timeout. After their second 5-1 run, the Bears were out front 17-10. The Blue and Gold didn’t go down easy and went on their largest run of the set, a 6-1 swing to cut their deficit to two at 18-16. Mercer concluded the opening set winning seven of the last eight points to take the frame, 25-17. The Bucs hit .214 in the frame, led by Jenna Forster’s (Maryville, Tenn.) four kills.  

Set 2 (25-23 MER): Neither team could get a large edge early in the second stanza. Mercer’s biggest lead in the first half of the set was three at 6-3, but a hall handling error and back-to-back Sydney Allen (Gaffney, S.C.) service aces tied the set at six. With the set tied at 14, Emily Arnold (Louisville, Ky.) and Sanne Maring (The Netherlands) came together for back-to-back blocks to force Mercer to call a timeout down 16-14. Mercer battled back with a 6-2 run with three kills and an ace to regain the lead at 21-20. The Bears took the set 25-23 with a kill from Annie Karle. Both teams hit under .200 in the frame.  

Set 3 (25-21 MER): ETSU led throughout the beginning of the third set. The Bucs held its largest lead of the frame at 12-8 after back-to-back kills from Sara Esposito (Venezia, Italy). Down 15-12, Mercer went on its biggest run of the match, scoring nine of the next 11 points to hold a 21-17 advantage. The Bucs were unable to overcome the four-point deficit as the two teams split the final eight points of the match. Mercer took the set 25-21 hitting .218 in the process.

KEY STATS

  • Forster led the team with 12 kills. Esposito was the lone other Buccaneer with double-digit kills, recording 10. The two hitters combined for three blocks.
  • On her birthday, Maring registered a team-high 3.08 hitting percentage with four kills on 13 swings and was tied for a match-best three blocks. Asia Mattress (Mauldin, S.C.) matched her kill total and added a block.
  • Sydney Cherney (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the match with 15 digs. Allen and setter Emily Arnold (Louisville, Ky.) added eight digs, while Arnold led the match with 31 assists.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Makenna Phillips (Candler, N.C.) tallied a career high three kills off the bench.
  • The two teams combined for 232 attempts in the three sets. 

UP NEXT
The Bucs and the Bears conclude their season series on Monday night at 6 p.m.