|March 21, 2021||1st||2nd||3rd||Final|
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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.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Bucs and the Bears conclude their season series on Monday night at 6 p.m.