August 28, 20211st2nd3rdFinal
ETSUTeam StatsUT
0.011Hitting Pct.0.39
95Total Attacks82
Vazquez - 9
KillsFelts - 11
Dykes - 14
AssistsHayward - 29
Roberts - 2
AcesFelts - 2
Roberts - 13
DigsRunnels - 10
Esposito - 3
Coffman - 3
BlocksBell - 9
Bucs Fall in Straight Sets to Host Volunteers
Bucs Fall in Straight Sets to Host Volunteers
Saturday, August 28, 2021

ETSU drops second-straight match against UT

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 (12-25, 16-25, 14-25). ETSU managed just 23 kills against the Vols’ 41. Taylor Roberts (Sneads, Fla.) lead all players with 13 digs.


Matchup: ETSU (1-2) at Tennessee (2-0)

Set 1 (Tennessee, 25-12): The start of the match featured back-to-back 3-0 runs from both squads, but Tennessee found their rhythm shortly afterwards. An 8-0 run by the Vols late in the set secured this one for the Orange and White. The Bucs would tally just seven kills while Tennessee notched 19, the highest in each of the sets. Roberts was everywhere this set, pacing all players with eight digs. Lundyn Coffman (Nolensville, Tenn.) and Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy) both recorded two block assists. 

Set 2 (Tennessee, 25-16): Tennessee started this match on fire, jumping to a 9-4 lead. Aces from Roberts, Esposito, and Josannah Vazquez (Mansfield, Texas) trimmed the Vols lead, but their .368 hitting and 5 blocks were enough to take the second set. The Bucs out-killed the Volunteers 10-9 this set, getting help from Vazquez, Esposito, Coffman, Abbey Thomas (Goldsboro, N.C.), and Jenna Forster (Maryville, Tenn.). The Bucs hit a negative hitting percentage this set for the first time this season.

Set 3 (Tennessee, 25-14): Similar to the previous set, Tennessee started quick. This time, a 6-0 run after the Bucs took the first point of the set put the Vols in a comfortable position in the early stages. UT put things away with a kill and block to seal their second-straight sweep. ETSU recorded just six kills this set, their lowest to-date this season.


Outside the Box Score:

  • Three Bucs made their respective debuts: Anna Mayer (Franklin, Tenn.), McKenna Dietz (Gray, Tenn.), and Samantha Shafer (Franklin, Tenn.). Shafer notched a block assist in the third set, while Mayer and Dietz both recorded their first assists as Buccaneers.
  • Thomas was efficient earlier this afternoon, snagging four kills on just seven attempts. That’s good for a .429 hitting percentage.
  • Roberts finished the weekend with recording double-digit digs in every game (18, 17, and 13).
  • Vazquez was named to the all-tournament team following a great weekend in her first few games as a Buc.
  • ETSU is now 3-19 all-time against the local foe. The last time the Bucs won was September 4th, 2018 at home in a five-set thriller.
  • The Bucs hit under .100 as a team for the first time this weekend, and the lowest since Samford came to Johnson City on March 8th.


Up Next

The Bucs are again on the road, this time in Boone, N.C. for the Black & Gold Challenge hosted by Appalachian State University. ETSU first plays Old Dominion on Friday, September 3rd at 10 a.m.

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