August 27, 20211st2nd3rdFinal
ETSU2019210
Texas Tech2525253
ETSUTeam StatsTTU
0.111Hitting Pct.0.292
37Kills36
24Errors10
117Total Attacks89
34Assists35
3Aces4
43Digs38
3Blocks10
ETSULeadersTTU
Vazquez - 13
KillsDugan - 11
Dykes - 27
AssistsKirby - 30
Esposito - 2
AcesKirby - 2
Roberts - 18
DigsAdams - 12
Coffman - 2
BlocksKanas - 4
Gilliland - 4
August 27, 20211st2nd3rdFinal
NC State2626280
ETSU2828303
NCSUTeam StatsETSU
0.186Hitting Pct.0.238
53Kills43
27Errors12
140Total Attacks130
51Assists35
6Aces2
66Digs55
4Blocks13
NCSULeadersETSU
Rowland - 12
KillsVazquez - 11
McDaniel - 44
AssistsDykes - 30
Parchment - 2
McDaniel - 2
AcesMattress - 1
Vazquez - 1
Rowland - 11
Frazier - 11
McDaniel - 11
DigsRoberts - 17
Allen - 3
BlocksCoffman - 8
August 28, 20211st2nd3rdFinal
ETSU1216140
Tennessee2525253
ETSUTeam StatsUT
0.011Hitting Pct.0.39
23Kills41
22Errors9
95Total Attacks82
23Assists36
4Aces3
30Digs46
5Blocks11
ETSULeadersUT
Vazquez - 9
KillsFelts - 11
Dykes - 14
AssistsHayward - 29
Roberts - 2
AcesFelts - 2
Roberts - 13
DigsRunnels - 10
Esposito - 3
Coffman - 3
BlocksBell - 9
Bucs Start on the Road in Knox
Bucs Start on the Road in Knox
Thursday, August 26, 2021

Volleyball opens against three Power-5 opponents

 

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 26, 2021) – 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.

 

MATCHUPS

Game 1 (8/27): Texas Tech vs. ETSU – 11 a.m.

Game 2 (8/27): NC State vs. ETSU – 4 p.m.

Game 3 (8/27): Texas Tech vs. Tennessee – 7 p.m. / Game airing on SEC+

Game 4 (8/28): NC State vs. Texas Tech – 10 a.m.

Game 5 (8/28): ETSU vs. Tennessee – 12:30 p.m. / Game airing on SEC+

Game 6 (8/28): NC State vs. Tennessee – 6:30 p.m. / Game airing on SEC+

 

ABOUT ETSU

The Bucs are coming off a shortened-spring season in which they only played a SoCon schedule, going 7-9 in a season hurt by injuries. The squad got off to a hot start, winning their first four games before losing two key players. ETSU was able to finish the season on a high note against in-state rival Chattanooga, sweeping the Mocs in straight sets in back-to-back matches.

Senior Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy) and Sophomore Jenna Forster (Maryville, Tenn.) are two returners that received post-season accolades from the Southern Conference, with Esposito being awarded All-SoCon Second Team and Forster recognized on the All-SoCon Freshman Team.

The team features 10 newcomers, four of which are transfers. Coach Jenkins enters her third year as head coach, compiling a record of 32-15 through her two seasons.

 

SCOUTING TEXAS TECH

This will be the first meeting between ETSU and Texas Tech. The Red Raiders played in the fall and spring during the 2020-21 academic year and went 9-13 and 5-11 in tough Big12 play.

Texas Tech is led by Head Coach Tony Graystone, who has over 500 career wins on file entering his 23rd year as a head coach and his sixth with the Red Raiders. This team is returning most of their statistical leaders from last season including Samantha Sanders (305 kills), Alex Kirby (715 assists), and Lindsey Dodson (18 aces).

 

SCOUTING NC STATE

This will be the fourth meeting between ETSU and Texas Tech, the most recent since 2006 in which the Bucs were victorious in a 3-1 match in Charlotte, N.C. The Wolfpack too played in the fall and spring this past academic year, going 8-9 in a strictly ACC schedule.

NC State’s coaching staff features second-year coach Luka Slabe, who most recently helped coach USA Volleyball as they qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Similarly, the Wolfpack feature a slew of returners that led the team in kills (Melissa Evans, 230), assists (Kristen McDaniel, 602), and blocks (Pam Chukwujekwu, 50).

The Wolfpack lead the all-time series against ETSU 3-1.

 

SCOUTING TENNESSEE

The Volunteers and Buccaneers are frequent opponents, with their first meeting dating back to 1978. The Volunteers, led by coach Eve Watt, went 12-8 in a dual fall/spring schedule in SEC play.

In a conference that featured the 2020 National Champion Kentucky Wildcats, Tennessee finished second in the conference in digs and third in blocks. Senior Lily Felts is back after leading the Vols with 242 kills while posting 198 digs and 11 aces.

Tennessee swept the Bucs the last time these two squads faced off. The Volunteers lead the all-time series against ETSU 18-3.

 

SEASON OPENERS

The Bucs have won three straight season-openers, dating back to the 2017-18 season in which they defeated the Clemson Tigers 3-1 in Columbia, S.C. The Bucs have posted at least two wins in their season-opening tournaments in three of the last four seasons. 

 

For more information on Buccaneer volleyball, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s volleyball page.