March 29, 20211st2nd3rdFinal
Chattanooga1817240
ETSU2525263
UTCTeam StatsETSU
0.19Hitting Pct.0.306
38Kills44
16Errors10
116Total Attacks111
38Assists40
5Aces3
54Digs56
6Blocks5
UTCLeadersETSU
Rackel - 14
KillsEsposito - 16
Steger - 17
AssistsArnold - 35
Steger - 2
Neill - 2
AcesAllen - 1
Esposito - 1
Maring - 1
Steger - 8
Gallentine - 8
DigsArnold - 13
Gauthreaux - 2
Finch - 2
Neill - 2
Mullins - 2
BlocksMaring - 4
ETSU Sweeps Chattanooga in Regular-Season Finale
ETSU Sweeps Chattanooga in Regular-Season Finale
Monday, March 29, 2021

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.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Set 1 (25-18 ETSU): Like the first match, the two teams kept the match close early in the contest. Jenna Forster (Maryville, Tenn.) was on fire early; she had three kills in her first three swings to log three of ETSU’s first four points. UTC had a 10-9 lead and then ETSU took control. The Blue and Gold went on a 6-0 run which was all they needed to take the momentum and ultimately the set away from the Mocs. ETSU capitalized on two UTC ball handling errors and kills from Forster and Sara Esposito (Venezia, Italy) to win the first set, 25-18.

Set 2 (25-17 ETSU): UTC took the lead in the second from the start and held an advantage by as much as four points at 13-9. The Bucs won five straight points to force a Mocs timeout and the run did not stop. Sydney Allen (Gaffney, S.C.) served nine straight points enroute to a 10-0 run by the Blue and Gold. With a 19-3 lead, the Bucs won eight of the next 12 points to take the second set. Esposito hit .417 with six kills on 12 swings. ETSU hit .290 in the set and had two aces and a block

Set 3 (26-24 ETSU): Runs for the Bucs continued in the third set for ETSU. The Blue and Gold went on a 9-2 run early in the frame with the majority served once again by Allen. Down 17-10, the Mocs didn’t go down easily. The visitors went on a run of their own the cut their deficit to one, down 19-18. For the first time in the set since 1-0, UTC regained the lead up 24-23. After a service error by the Mocs, Esposito slotted her first ace of the match to give ETSU match point. Match point was one to remember as UTC had a kill in hand with an attack going off of Asia Mattress’ head into the rafters. A tremendous play by Lundyn Coffman kept the point alive which ended by Forster hitting a cross-court winner to secure the sweep.

KEY STATS

  • For the second consecutive match, Esposito led the way in kills with 16. She added an ace, a solo block and two digs.
  • Forster’s match-winning kill was the 10th of the afternoon for the freshman. She tallied eight digs and a block.
  • After the miraculous block attempt off her head at the end of the match, Mattress finished with six kills for a .333 attack clip and had four digs.
  • In her final collegiate match, Sanne Maring (The Netherlands) went out with a .500 hitting percentage, a career high on more than 10 attempts. She recorded nine kills on 15 swings with just one error. Defensively, she led the team with four blocks.
  • Emily Arnold (Louisville, Ky.) had the match’s lone double-double. She led the match in digs with 13 and assists with 35. Starting libero, Sydney Cherney (Knoxville, Tenn.) was second on the squad with 12 digs.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • The Bucs hit .306 in the match after a strong .516 hitting percentage in the opening frame.
  • Esposito recorded double-digit kills for the sixth straight match. She tallied a .333 hitting percentage and 5.17 kills per set in the two sweeps over UTC.
  • This was ETSU’s fifth sweep of the season and only time they swept the same opponent twice.
  • Arnold recorded her fifth double-double of the season and first since March 8 vs. Samford.
  • The Blue and Gold have now won nine straight over the Mocs.
  • ETSU concludes the season with a record 7-9. UTC falls to 6-12 and 4-12 in SoCon play to end the 2021 Spring campaign.