ETSU Falls in Straight Sets in Quarterfinal

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Nov. 19, 2021) – A pair of surprising upsets fueled the first three matches of the day in the 2021 SoCon Volleyball Tournament Quarterfinal round, but the #6 seed Bucs couldn’t continue the trend, falling to the #3 seed Bulldogs in straight sets (17-25, 9-25, 18-25). The Bucs season ends on a five-match losing streak.


Bucs Set To Clash with Bulldogs in Quarterfinal

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 18, 2021) – The time has come. The quest to earn the Southern Conference’s automatic qualifying bid to go to the NCAA Tournament begins tomorrow. The Bucs drew the #6 seed and will face the tournament-host Samford Bulldogs. Each team won their respective home game during the regular season.


Esposito, Vazquez, and Dykes Earn Conference Team Selections

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Nov. 18, 2021) – A trio of Buccaneers earned end-of-the-year awards as selected by the Southern Conference, the league announced Thursday afternoon. Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezie, Italy) garnered First-Team All SoCon honors, Josannah Vazquez (Mansfield, Texas) was awarded Second-Team All SoCon honors, and Caroline Dykes (Flower Mound, Texas) was named to the All-Freshman team.


Volleyball Adds Three Signees in Early Signing Period

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 18, 2021) – ETSU volleyball head coach Benavia Jenkins and her staff officially announced the signing of three student-athletes during the NCAA early signing period on Thursday.


Bucs Fall in Four Despite Career Night from Esposito

The senior posted 23 kills on senior night JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 12, 2021) – Momentum was building for the Bucs following a dominant third set, but the Terriers put away the Bucs (21-25, 22-25, 25-20, 24-26) in a highly-offensive fourth set to put themselves at either the #3 or #4 seed in next weekend’s conference tournament. Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy) led the charge all night, posting 23 kills on .353 hitting on a whopping 51 attempts.


Bucs Wrap Up Regular Season Against Terriers

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 11, 2021) – After a heartbreaking five-set loss against the Mocs Tuesday night, the Bucs close out the regular season at home tomorrow night against the Wofford Terriers in Brooks Gym. Wofford has won the last three meetings, including a season sweep in the spring 2021 season.


Bucs Drop Five-Set Heartbreaker in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Nov. 9, 2021) – A fiery fourth set propelled the Bucs to their second five-set match this season, but the momentum came to a halt as the Mocs held off ETSU (25-22, 24-26, 18-25, 25-19, 12-15). The Bucs tallied 67 kills tonight, the most in a match this season. Josannah Vazquez (Mansfield, Texas) tallied a match-high 19 while Jenna Forster (Maryville, Tenn.) put up 17.


ETSU Travels to Chattanooga for Midweek Matchup

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2021) – The Bucs look towards their final road regular season match with a Tuesday contest against Chattanooga at Maclellan Gym. ETSU won the matchup earlier this season in straight sets and has won three-straight on the road against the Mocs.


Bears Best Bucs in Straight Sets

MACON, Ga. (Nov. 6, 2021) – Looking for revenge from their loss earlier this season, the Bucs couldn’t keep hold with the conference-leading Mercer Bears falling in straight sets (21-25, 16-25, 23-25). The Bucs led just once the entire match, doing so early in the third set. Mercer has won the last four matches, dating back to the start of the spring 2021 season.


Late Rallies Come Up Short at Samford

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Nov. 5, 2021) – A match where ETSU had to rally late in each set, the Bucs weren’t able to continue the trend after the first set, falling to the Samford Bulldogs in four sets (25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 24-26). Josannah Vazquez (Mansfield, Texas) led the Bucs with 21 kills, her second 20+ kill match in the last five. This is the first conference match ETSU has lost when they win the first set.


Bucs Face Pivotal Road Matches at Samford and Mercer

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 4, 2021) – A weekend in the south awaits ETSU as conference play ramps up for the Southern Conference. The Bucs will travel to Birmingham to face the preseason-favorite Samford Bulldogs before coming back to Macon and taking on the conference-leading Mercer Bears. ETSU split the home weekend against these two opponents last month.


A Halloween Eve Thriller; Bucs Escape Past Bulldogs in Five

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 30, 2021) – A weekend where ETSU needed two wins to stay in competition with the rest of the conference, the Bucs found a way through serving and flying around on defense to stay competitive and ride high energy. The Bucs, who only had more team aces and digs than The Citadel, did just that en route to their first five-set match and win of the season (25-21, 18-25, 15-25, 25-21, 15-9). As she’s done throughout her career, Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy) led the team with 19 kills, totaling 41 kills in two matches against the Bulldogs this season.


Bucs Dismantle Paladins in Straight Sets

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 29, 2021) – A hot start and a cool finish was all ETSU could have asked for, downing the Furman Paladins in three sets (25-14, 25-15, 25-17). This is the second straight season that ETSU has won the season series against Furman and third time since 2014.


Blue and Gold Host Paladins and Bulldogs

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 28, 2021) – Coming off a tough loss against UNCG, ETSU aims to come back to Brooks Gym and welcome Furman and The Citadel in hopes to get back in the thick of the conference standings. The Bucs got their first two conference wins of the season against these two opponents in the first weekend of October down in South Carolina.


Bucs Split Weekend after Three-Set Loss to UNCG

GREENSBORO, N.C. (Oct. 23, 2021) – In a match that featured the statistical top-two offenses in the conference, it was the Spartans’ one that prevailed, sweeping the Bucs in a total-team effort (24-26, 22-25, 17-25). It’s the first time UNCG has swept the season series since their first meetings in 2002.


Bucs’ Offense Comes Alive, Hush Catamount Comeback in Four

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (Oct. 22, 2021) – The ETSU Bucs started the second half of the season with a bang, putting down Western Carolina in four sets (25-19, 17-25, 25-22, 27-25). With ETSU at match point, the Catamounts rallied off five consecutive points to set up their set point and force a fifth. ETSU’s Lundyn Coffman (Nolensville, Tenn.) and Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy) combined for a block while both notching a kill to halt WCU’s comeback efforts.


Bucs Continue Conference Play with Catamounts and Spartans

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 21, 2021) – ETSU looks to turn the page in their conference season as the second half gets underway this weekend with the Bucs crossing the Appalachian Highlands into North Carolina to face Western Carolina and UNCG. This season is the first time that ETSU has lost to Western Carolina and UNCG at home in the same season since 2002.


Bucs Unable to Continue Offensive Showing, Fall to Terriers in Three

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Oct. 16, 2021) – With a hot streak at hand, the Bucs were met with another high-powered offense as Wofford swept ETSU (21-25, 14-25, for their 10th victory of their campaign. This marks the first road conference loss for ETSU this fall, and three straight losses in Spartanburg. Samantha Shafer (Franklin, Tenn.) led the Bucs with eight kills on .350 hitting.


Bucs and Terriers Face Off in Saturday Contest

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 15, 2021) – After ETSU’s longest homestand of the season came to an end Tuesday against Chattanooga, ETSU looks to head back to South Carolina with a showdown against Wofford. The Terriers won both matches in Spartanburg in the spring after an injury-riddled start to the season. ETSU is 3-2 in their last five matches at Wofford, leading the all-time series 25-8.


Aces Power Bucs in Sweep Over Chattanooga

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 12, 2021) – Looking to get back over .500 in conference play, ETSU took advantage of 11 aces to sweep Chattanooga (25-19, 25-22, 25-20). The Bucs’ 11 aces are the most since recording 13 in a four-set loss against Samford in the spring. Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy) recorded four of those aces while Josannah Vazquez (Mansfield, Texas) contributed three, which is now a career-high.


Bucs Welcome Mocs For Tuesday Clash

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 11, 2021) – The Bucs look to extend their nine-match win streak over the Mocs tomorrow night with ETSU’s three-match homestand coming to an end. Chattanooga enters the match 6-13 (2-4 SoCon) on the year after a split weekend where they beat Samford in five sets and were swept by Mercer. Chattanooga and Wofford, Saturday’s opponent, are the only two SoCon teams ETSU hasn’t faced since starting conference play three weeks ago.


Bucs Can’t Carry Momentum, Fall to Bears in Three

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 8, 2021) – With both teams looking to keep up with UNCG atop the SoCon standings, ETSU fell to Mercer in straight sets (24-26, 17-25, 17-25) as the Bears rode their defense and 39 kills to victory. Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy) lead the team with 13 kills, her fifth straight with 13+, while Lundyn Coffman (Nolensville, Tenn.) provided sparks throughout the match with her seven kills and three blocks.


Efficient Offense and Dynamic Defense Carries Bucs Past Bulldogs

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 7, 2021) – A high-flying first set created the tone of the match that each team needed to be effective and determined. Despite the Bulldogs taking that set, the Bucs responded with determination, downing Samford in four sets (30-32, 26-24, 25-18, 25-23). This is just the second win over Samford in the last two seasons (including postseason), and the first win for the Bucs against the Bulldogs at home. Despite Samford recording 66 kills, their 29 errors and 14 service errors propelled the Bucs to the win.


Bucs Welcomes Bulldogs and Bears in Weekday Tilts

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 6, 2021) – The Bucs return to Johnson City after a trip back to South Carolina where they knocked off Furman and The Citadel in four sets each. Senior Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy) was on fire last weekend, with 4.63 kills/set in two matches en route to a SoCon Offensive Player of the Week award. The Bulldogs enter the weekend 3-12, but 2-2 in conference play. Mercer comes in near the top of the conference standings with a 7-8 record and 3-1 in the conference.


Esposito Named Conference Offensive Player of the Week

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Sept. 27, 2021) – ETSU Volleyball’s senior attacker Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy) has been named the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon.


Bucs Best Bulldogs with Late Rallies and Career Performance from Esposito

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Oct. 3, 2021) – ETSU’s first conference road trip ended with a successful Sunday, topping The Citadel in four sets (25-20, 22-25, 27-25, 25-21). This is the first time this season that ETSU has won multiple games in a row. ETSU has now won 13 of 14 conference matches against the Bulldogs since 2014. Senior Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy) finished with a career-high 22 kills, just a day after tallying a season-high 15 kills in the victory over Furman.


Esposito Surges Late, Bucs Steal First Conference Win

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Oct. 2, 2021) – The first conference road trip of the Bucs started with success, stealing a four-set (25-22, 16-25, 25-23, 25-13) win over Furman down in Greenville. This is the fifth straight road victory for ETSU against the Paladins, and marks the Bucs’ eighth win against Furman over their last ten matches, including postseason.


Bucs Head Back to Palmetto for Two Conference Road Matches

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 1, 2021) – After a home weekend that didn’t go in the Bucs’ favor, ETSU sets their eyes on two more tough conference matches against Furman and The Citadel. The Bucs start 0-2 in conference play for the first time in over a decade, before they joined the Southern Conference. Furman currently has one conference win and just above .500, while The Citadel is 5-4 coming off a conference victory over Wofford after having a few non-conference matches get cancelled.


Dykes Goes Back-to-Back Setter of the Week

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Sept. 27, 2021) – ETSU Volleyball’s freshman setter Caroline Dykes (Flower Mound, Texas) has been named the Southern Conference Setter of the Week for the second time in as many weeks, the league announced Monday afternoon.


ETSU Falls to SoCon Leading Spartans

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 25, 2021) – With two of the best statistical offenses in the conference, it was the UNCG Spartans that took the match 3-1 (21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 19-25) with six total players tallying double-digit kills. ETSU has now dropped their first two conference matches for the first time since they have joined the Southern Conference.


Bucs Fall in Home Opener to Catamounts

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 24, 2021) – The Bucs didn’t start the conference season as they hoped, dropping to Western Carolina in straight sets (23-25, 19-25, 28-30). The Bucs have now dropped three straight matches to the Catamounts, dating back to last Spring. ETSU still leads the all-time series 45-42.


Home Sweet Home; Bucs Open SoCon Play in Brooks

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 23, 2021) – Conference play is finally here for ETSU volleyball as they start the conference season at home against Western Carolina and UNCG. The Bucs finish the non-conference season 4-7 after a slew of tough matches, including now #22 Tennessee and ACC-contender Clemson. This will be the first two home matches of the fall campaign for the Bucs. Western Carolina also finished the non-conference schedule 4-7 while UNCG went 11-2.


Dykes Tabbed Setter of the Week

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Sept. 20, 2021) – ETSU Volleyball’s freshman setter Caroline Dykes (Flower Mound, Texas) has been named the Southern Conference Setter of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon.


Bucs Drop Tight Match in Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. (Sept. 18, 2021) – ETSU’s final match against a non-conference opponent lived up to expectations from the day before that this would be a great match. Despite Clemson dropping their first set all weekend, the Tigers were still able to outlast the Bucs in four sets (16-25, 26-24, 19-15, 24-26) after Jenna Forster’s (Maryville, Tenn.) impressive weekend in which she finished every match with at least 12 kills. The Bucs fall to 4-7 on the year after a difficult non-conference schedule that has prepared them well for conference play.


Forster’s Field Day Forces Split on First Day of Big Orange Bash

CLEMSON, S.C. (Sept. 17, 2021) – ETSU’s final weekend of non-conference play started with energy and grit in both of the Bucs’ matches. Despite falling to Rutgers in four sets, ETSU responded dominantly with a sweep against UNC-Asheville. Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy), Jenna Forster (Maryville, Tenn.), and Josannah Vazquez (Mansfield, Texas) each recorded 10+ kills in both matches, and all three had a hitting percentage over .250 in total.


Bucs Set for Final Weekend of Non-Conference Play

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 16, 2021) – The final weekend of non-conference volleyball is upon us, as the Bucs are set to play two more Power 5 schools in Rutgers and Clemson down in the Palmetto State. This will be the first matchup between ETSU and Rutgers, while the Bucs last saw Clemson in 2018 at the Gamecock Invitational. ETSU is also scheduled to play UNC-Asheville, their first meeting since 2012.


Late Rally Fuels ETSU Sweep over Winthrop

ROCK HILL, S.C. (Sept. 11, 2021) – The ETSU Buccaneers might not have started the weekend they were hoping, but they sure did finish it on an exciting note, turning the tables against Winthrop and sweeping the Eagles (25-18, 25-17, 25-23). ETSU ended the match on a 7-0 run with kills from Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy), Lundyn Coffman (Nolensville, Tenn.), Josannah Vazquez (Mansfield, Texas), and Jenna Forster (Maryville, Tenn.). ETSU is now 3-1 in games after they were swept, and this is ETSU’s second sweep of the season (vs. NC State, 8/27/21).


Eagles Stuff Bucs in Straight Sets

ROCK HILL, S.C. (Sept. 10, 2021) – ETSU didn’t start the weekend on the note they were hoping, falling in straight sets (20-25, 22-25, 18-25) to Winthrop and their spacious defense that recorded 65 digs and six blocks. Josannah Vazquez (Mansfield, Texas) and Ally Johnson (Rogers, Minn.) lead the team in kills with seven, while Caroline Dykes (Flower Mound, Texas) recorded her third double-double of the season (13 assists, 12 digs). The Bucs were outhit .263 to .137.


Bucs Face Two Against Winthrop

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 2, 2021) – The Bucs travel for the third weekend in a row to kick off the season, this time to the Palmetto state for two matched against the Winthrop Eagles. ETSU is looking to bounce back after a weekend in Boone against good competition. Winthrop, representing the Big South Conference, is two years removed from winning their conference regular season and the postseason tournament.


ETSU Falls in Four to App State

BOONE, N.C. (Sept. 4, 2021) – ETSU fell in four sets to the host Mountaineers Saturday afternoon, dropping to 2-4 on the season. Despite Jenna Forster (Maryville, Tenn.), Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy), and Josannah Vazquez (Mansfield, Texas) each recording 10+ kills, it wasn’t enough for the Bucs against the Mountaineers and their .252 hitting.


ETSU Takes Split on First Day of Black and Gold Challenge

BOONE, N.C. (Sept. 3, 2021) – ETSU’s second weekend of volleyball starts with a high and a low, defeating Old Dominion in four sets before falling to UMKC in three. This is the first time the Bucs have faced either program. The Bucs are now 1-2 all-time against Summit League opponents, while ODU is the 9th Conference-USA opponent ETSU has faced all-time.


Bucs Ride to Boone for Black and Gold Challenge

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 2, 2021) – ETSU kicks off their second pre-conference tournament just on the other side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, facing the likes of Old Dominion, Kansas City (UMKC), and Appalachian State. The Bucs will play Old Dominion and UMKC for the first time ever, while App. State and ETSU have a long history, playing their 59th match.


Bucs Fall in Straight Sets to Host Volunteers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 28, 2021) – The Bucs continued their season-opening streak of playing three-set matches, except coming on the losing side of things against the host Tennessee Volunteers (25-12, 25-16, 25-14). ETSU managed just 23 kills against the Vols’ 41. Taylor Roberts (Sneads, Fla.) lead all players with 13 digs.


Bucs Sweep NC State to Earn Split on Day One of Tennessee Classic

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 27, 2021) – ETSU’s volleyball team opened its fall 2021 campaign in an entertaining fashion, dropping the first contest to Texas Tech 3-0, but the Bucs responded with a sweep of their own against NC State. This was the program’s second win against NC State, their second straight over the Wolfpack and the Bucs’ seventh win over a Power-5 program in the last five seasons.


Bucs Start on the Road in Knox

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 26) – The Bucs open their fall campaign against three solid programs from the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 this weekend in Knoxville, Tenn. This is the second time ETSU has been invited to the Tennessee Classic in the last three years, going 2-1 in the tournament in 2019.


ETSU Athletics launches Tri-Star Student-Athlete award

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 23, 2021) -- With Monday marking the first day of class for the fall semester, the East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics launched the Tri-Star Student-Athlete award.


ETSU announces creation of the Blue and Gold Club

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug 18, 2021) -- The East Tennessee State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Wednesday the creation of the Blue and Gold Club. The Blue and Gold Club is an alumni network for all former ETSU student-athletes, spirit squad members, student managers and student training staff members.


ETSU Athletics partners with Food City and WJHL to hold ‘BUCS for Kids’ in Support of Niswonger Children’s Hospital

ABINGDON, Va. (Aug. 16, 2021) -- ETSU Athletics, Food City and WJHL News Channel 11 are partnering to host the BUCS for Kids fundraising campaign in support of Niswonger Children’s Hospital. The event will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday August 21, 2021 at Food City locations in Johnson City (S. Roan St., N State of Franklin Rd, and Boones Creek), Jonesborough, and Gray.


ETSU volleyball releases 2021 schedule

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 9, 2021) -- Highlighted with five non-conference games against Power-5 programs and a 16-game Southern Conference schedule, ETSU volleyball head coach Benavia Jenkins released the Buccaneers’ 2021 schedule on Monday.


Jenkins Announces Addition of Three Transfers to 2021 Squad

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 3, 2021) -- ETSU volleyball head coach Benavia Jenkins announced on Wednesday the addition of Anna Mayer, Samantha Shafer and Josannah Vazquez. The three transfers will join the Buccaneer roster this fall.


ETSU volleyball earns AVCA team academic honor

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 21, 2021) -- For the second straight year and tenth time in the last 12 years, the ETSU volleyball team earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) team academic honor, as the organization announced its awards earlier this week.


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Delevry to coach in USA Volleyball All-Star Championships

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 19, 2021) -- ETSU volleyball assistant coach Giovanny Delevry has been named the top assistant coach for the Girls International Select Team for the Florida Region of USA Volleyball. The group will be playing in the upcoming USA All-Star Championships, which gets underway July 21 in Orlando, Fla.


ETSU Lands 249 Student-Athletes on SoCon Honor Roll

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (July 15, 2021) – For the second consecutive day, the ETSU Athletic Department received recognition for its student-athletes, with the Southern Conference Honor Roll being announced on Thursday afternoon. The Bucs placed 249 student-athletes on the 2020-21 list, just shy of the program record 262 selections last year.


ETSU places 118 student-athletes on SoCon All-Academic list

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (July 14, 2021) -- A total of 118 ETSU student-athletes earned Southern Conference All-Academic honors as the league office announced its 2020-21 selections on Wednesday.