September 17, 20211st2nd3rd4thFinal
Rutgers262525253
ETSU242327221
RUTeam StatsETSU
0.296Hitting Pct.0.26
61Kills56
19Errors18
142Total Attacks146
54Assists52
9Aces6
58Digs56
6Blocks5
RULeadersETSU
McNamara - 18
KillsVazquez - 15
Balyko - 49
AssistsDykes - 43
Maksimova - 3
Chitty - 3
AcesEsposito - 5
Kojadinovic - 14
DigsRoberts - 17
McNamara - 4
BlocksMattress - 3
September 17, 20211st2nd3rdFinal
ETSU2525253
UNC Asheville1222190
ETSUTeam StatsUNC-A
0.336Hitting Pct.0.147
50Kills32
13Errors17
110Total Attacks102
44Assists30
3Aces1
48Digs36
5Blocks4
ETSULeadersUNC-A
Esposito - 14
KillsCole - 7
Dykes - 40
AssistsVolk - 26
Forster - 2
AcesHackett - 1
Roberts - 11
DigsSkryd - 11
Thomas - 3
BlocksVolk - 2
Cole - 2
Finderle - 2
Forster’s Field Day Forces Split on First Day of Big Orange Bash
Forster’s Field Day Forces Split on First Day of Big Orange Bash
Friday, September 17, 2021

The sophomore posted 27 kills on .382 hitting on the day

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.

Game 1: Rutgers (8-2) vs. ETSU (3-6)

In their first-ever matchup, ETSU had one of their closest matches fall in favor of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (24-26, 23-25, 27-25, 25-22) for their eighth victory of the season. ETSU managed to stave off the sweep in the third set thanks to clutch kills from Asia Mattress (Mauldin, S.C) and Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy). The Bucs weren’t able to hang on to a small lead in the fourth, even after scoring three-straight with Rutgers at match point. ETSU’s 56 kills and .260 hitting percentage are season-bests.

Set 1 (Rutgers, 26-24): A total of 15 ties and six lead changes, this set showed the tone and competitiveness of the rest of the match for both teams. Neither team had a sizeable lead, and the largest scoring run was 5-0 in the middle of the set with Esposito serving. An attack error from Rutgers forced a 24-24 score, but ETSU committed a service and attack error to end the set. ETSU outpaced Rutgers only in blocks, with Lundyn Coffman (Nolensville, Tenn.), Jenna Forster (Maryville, Tenn.), Josannah Vazquez (Mansfield, Texas), and Mattress each recording a block. Vazquez led the Bucs with four kills this set while Forster and Esposito each added at least a pair. Rutgers committed three service errors and three ball-handling errors to help ETSU keep the set close.

Set 2 (Rutgers, 25-23): ETSU got off to a great start thanks to Esposito’s three straight aces. She would finish with five of the team’s six. A 5-1 run in the middle of the set forced Rutgers to take the first timeout of the set for either team, as Vazquez and Forster each tallied two during that scoring run. Rutgers would keep ETSU’s lead minimal until a scoring run of their own late in the set. ETSU battled back to force a tie at 23 after a Forster kill, but a kill from Rutgers’ Shea McNamara put the Scarlet Knights up 2-0. Forster was on fire this set, notching five kills on nine attempts with no errors. Mattress and Vazquez each added to their block total this set, but five Rutgers aces and only two errors turned out to be the difference.

Set 3 (ETSU, 27-25): It was Rutgers that took the lead early, but the trend continued with no large lead at any point in the set. The largest lead Rutgers had this set was six at the 22-16, but ETSU flipped their switch at that point. The Bucs would rally seven straight points with kills from Esposito (who also recorded an ace this run), Vazquez, Coffman, and Forster to take a 23-22 lead. The two would trade points until the 25 mark when Mattress and Esposito stole the sweep away from Rutgers. Esposito had a great set, notching five kills on 11 attempts and no errors, while Caroline Dykes (Flower Mound, Texas) recorded a whopping 17 assists. Mattress was nearly flawless herself, finishing the set with four kills on five attempts with no errors. The Bucs recorded 20 kills this set, achieving this feat in back-to-back matches.

Set 4 (Rutgers, 25-22): After taking the previous set, ETSU set themselves in a good position early thanks to a few Rutgers errors and kills from Forster and Esposito. The match stayed tight until midway when the Scarlet Knights took a 9-3 run late. The Bucs managed to score three with Rutgers at set point, but Beka Kojadinovic thwarted any comeback from ETSU. Despite hitting more efficiently this set, the Bucs weren’t able to record an ace compared to Rutgers’ two. Both Forster and Esposito recorded three kills this set, putting them both in the double-digit mark for the match. 

Outside the Box Score:

  • Dykes recorded her third-straight match with a double-double (43 assists, 10 digs). Her 43 assists are a career-high.
  • Taylor Roberts (Sneads, Fla.) led the match with 17 digs, extending her season-opening streak of double-digit digs to all nine matches.
  • Forster tied her season-high with 14 kills. She had 14 in the match against Kansas City on 9/3. Her .345 hitting percentage is also her season-high (min. 12 kills).
  • Esposito’s five aces are a season-high and most by an individual this season.
  • The two teams combined for 15 service aces and 20 service errors
  • ETSU is now 0-8 all-time against Big Ten opponents
  • ETSU hit over .300 in the last three sets of the match, the first time this season that the Bucs have hit above .300 in at least three sets in a match.

 

Game 2: UNC-Asheville (2-7) vs. ETSU (4-6)

Strong from the start, ETSU kept the first-set momentum to sweep UNC-Asheville (25-12, 25-22, 25-19). Sara Esposito (Pianiga, Venezia, Italy) led the Bucs with 14 kills while Jenna Forster (Maryville, Tenn.) wasn’t too far behind her with 13. ETSU’s second straight match with at least 50 kills was a dominant effort all around as the Bucs held the Bulldogs to a sub-.200 hitting percentage. This was the first time this season that ETSU had above a .300 hitting percentage as a team.

Set 1 (ETSU, 25-12): The Bucs started strong with a 6-0 run with contributions from a Caroline Dykes (Flower Mound, Texas) ace, and kills from Esposito, Forster, and Lundyn Coffman (Nolensville, Tenn.). UNCA was able to salvage a few points before ETSU dominated with another 6-0 run with three kills from Abbey Thomas (Goldsboro, N.C.), another ace from Dykes, and a couple of Bulldog attack errors. This put the Bucs up double-digits and didn’t look back. The middle blockers of Coffman and Thomas started on fire, both with three kills on their first three attack attempts. Esposito and Forster would also finish the set with four kills on eight attempts with no errors. ETSU didn’t record an attack error until the 23-11 mark. The team’s .457 hitting percentage in the first set is the highest in a set this season.

Set 2 (ETSU, 25-22): A closer set than the one before with 15 ties and six lead changes, UNCA kept pace with the Bucs until a couple of Bulldog miscues allowed ETSU to get ahead and stay that way. UNCA made things interesting by taking three straight off a few ETSU errors late in the set, but Forster and Josannah Vazquez (Mansfield, Texas) posted back-to-back kills to end the set. Neither team hit statistically well, but ETSU held the Bulldogs to a .033 hitting percentage with just eight kills and seven errors. Dykes recorded all of ETSU’s 14 assists in this set. Esposito was perfect hitting this set with five kills on five attempts, while Forster also added five on nine attempts.

Set 3 (ETSU, 25-19): The Bulldogs were the ones with the early advantage this set, but it didn’t last long. ETSU would go on a 5-2 run to take the lead and never gave it up. UNCA was never able to score more than two points in a row until late in the set when ETSU already had a five-point lead. The first timeout wasn’t called until the 23-17 point, but ETSU finished the deal with a kill from Vazquez and an error from UNCA. Another sweet hitting set for the Bucs as they tallied 17 kills on a .317 percentage. Vazquez finished the match strong with a set-high six kills on ten attempts with no errors. Forster added two of the team’s three aces this set.

Outside the Box Score:

  • Taylor Roberts (Sneads, Fla.) recorded her second career kill the first set (she had one in her three years at Florida State). Roberts led the team again in digs with 11, extending her double-digit digs streak to all 10 matches.
  • Forster and Esposito both finished with over a .400 hitting percentage, their highest this season and just the second and third time that’s happened for Buc this season (min. 12 kills)
  • The Bucs hit above .300 in a set in five of the seven sets in today’s matches.
  • ETSU’s .336 hitting percentage is the highest this season and second-highest in the last two seasons behind a .363 clip against The Citadel (3/14/21).
  • Despite recording none in the first set, Vazquez managed to tally double-digit kills for the third-straight time and has only recorded less than 10 kills in two of ETSU’s ten matches.
  • Dykes recorded 40+ assists for the second-straight match, giving her 83 on the weekend thus far.
  • ETSU is now 4-2 after a loss this season.

Up Next:

ETSU finishes the weekend in Clemson against the host Tigers. First serve is set for 11 a.m. The match will be broadcasted on ACC Network Extra.

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