March 28, 20211st2nd3rdFinal
Chattanooga2416120
ETSU2625253
UTCTeam StatsETSU
0.129Hitting Pct.0.286
38Kills37
23Errors9
116Total Attacks98
37Assists36
1Aces3
51Digs51
2Blocks9
UTCLeadersETSU
Finch - 11
KillsEsposito - 15
Steger - 16
AssistsArnold - 30
Everingham - 1
AcesAllen - 1
Esposito - 1
Forster - 1
Everingham - 16
DigsCherney - 10
Rackel - 1
Davis - 1
Neill - 1
Bossong - 1
BlocksMattress - 5
Bucs' Block Blows Away Mocs in Straight Sets
Bucs' Block Blows Away Mocs in Straight Sets
Sunday, March 28, 2021

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. 

HOW IT HAPPENED
Set 1 (26-24 ETSU): The two teams exchanged the first 10 points and it was Chattanooga that took the first three-point lead of the match at 10-7. The Mocs held a 14-10 lead as Sanne Maring (The Netherlands) registered her first kill of the match and then served two straight points to bring the Bucs within one, 14-13. UTC was up two at the media timeout, but ETSU won nine out of the next 13 points to take a 22-18 lead. The Mocs called timeout and went on a 4-0 run to tie the set at 22. It took extra points in the first frame, but ETSU won the first set 26-24 off of a UTC ball-handling error. Both teams hit under .200 in the set that featured five ties and one lead change.

Set 2 (25-16 ETSU): Chattanooga jumped out to a 4-2 lead, but from that moment on, ETSU used a 4-0 run and a 3-0 run to lead 12-9 and force the Mocs to call timeout. Out of the timeout, UTC were able to cut their deficit to two, at 15-13, but that was the closest they would get. ETSU closed the second frame on a 10-3 run to take a 2-0 advantage in the match. The Bucs held the Mocs to a .061 hitting percentage in the second, the lowest of the match for either team.  

 

Set 3 (25-12 ETSU): After UTC won the first two points of the set, the Blue and Gold took control. ETSU won the next nine points with five kills from Sara Esposito (Venezia, Italy). The dominant third set was just getting started as the Bucs hit .500 in the frame enroute to a sweep of the Mocs. ETSU had multiple runs of six or more points in the set which was capped off by Esposito’s seventh kill of the frame. ETSU had 17 kills on 30 sweeps and was perfect in serve receive and serving in the third. 

KEY STATS

  • Esposito led the match with 15 kills, hitting .364 in the process with just three errors in 33 attempts.
  • Asia Mattress tallied six kills and hit .357. She accounted for five of ETSU’s nine blocks.
  • Sophomore right side hitter, Jenna Forster (Maryville, Tenn.) was second on the squad with seven kills and eight digs. Sydney Cherney (Knoxville, Tenn.) led the way with 10 digs and added four assists
  • Maring had four block assists and four kills on the day. Quarterbacking the offense was Emily Arnold (Louisville, Ky.) who had 30 helpers and seven digs.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • ETSU held UTC to just one ace as they were nearly perfect in serve receive with just one error on 47 opportunities.
  • Esposito recorded double-digit kills for the fifth straight match.
  • The Bucs’ nine blocks are the most since they totaled nine at Wofford on Feb. 21.
  • The Blue and Gold improve to 6-9 this season, all in SoCon play, while UTC falls to 6-11 and 4-11 in league action.
  • This marked ETSU’s fourth sweep of the season. 

UP NEXT
The Bucs and the Mocs conclude the regular season tomorrow in Brooks Gym at 5 p.m.