September 02, 20221st2nd3rd4thFinal
ETSUTeam StatsDuke
0.15Hitting Pct.0.242
113Total Attacks124
Cunningham - 8
Lowe - 8
KillsJohnson - 16
Dykes - 25
AssistsChang - 44
Forster - 2
AcesUnderwood - 4
Roberts - 11
DigsBryant - 15
Rammel - 3
BlocksKadel - 7
September 02, 20221st2nd3rd4thFinal
NETeam StatsETSU
0.224Hitting Pct.0.071
134Total Attacks154
Staunton - 17
KillsLowe - 11
Frannea - 43
AssistsDykes - 32
Martin - 2
AcesCoffman - 1
Hatch - 1
Forster - 1
Martin - 24
DigsSanders - 20
Jenkins - 3
Staunton - 3
Mitchell - 3
BlocksCoffman - 4
Rammel - 4
Bucs drop four-setters to Duke, Northeastern
Bucs drop four-setters to Duke, Northeastern
Friday, September 2, 2022

DURHAM, N.C. (Sept. 2, 2022) – The ETSU volleyball team is still searching for its first win of the season after the Buccaneers dropped a pair of four-set matches to Duke and Northeastern on the opening day of the Duke Invitational Tournament Friday inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.  

In their first match of day, the Bucs – who dipped to 0-5 on the season – fell to Duke, 3-1 (18-25, 20-25, 25-20, 14-25), while ETSU ended the day with four-set loss to Northeastern (23-25, 25-23, 8-25, 19-25). 

Against Duke, ETSU couldn’t muster together enough offense as they were held to a .150 attack percentage (36-19-113), while the Blue Devils posted a .242 (53-23-124) clip. The service game gave the Bucs fits as Duke recorded 12 service aces, while the Blue Devils were plus-4 in blocks, 9-5.  

Individually, Olivia Cunningham (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Amanda Lowe (Blacksburg, Va.) led ETSU with eight kills each, while Caroline Dykes (Flower Mound, Texas) registered 25 assists, six digs and two blocks.

After never taking the lead in the opening set, the Bucs scored the first three points of the second and led 11-4 following a kill by Lundyn Coffman (Nolensville, Tenn.). Unfortunately, Duke won 10 of the next 12 points to go up 14-13 – and after the Bucs regained a 20-19 lead – the Blue Devils won the next six points to complete the comeback. From there, ETSU used an 11-3 run in the third set to build a five-point advantage (14-9) and the Blue and Gold kept the match alive with a 25-20 victory. In the fourth, ETSU won the first point of the frame, but Duke rattled off 13 of the next 16 points and went on to win, 25-14.

With the win, Duke – who defeated ETSU for the first time in program history – improved to 2-2. The Blue Devils were led by Gracie Johnson and Rachel Richardson as they combined for 27 kills, 14 digs, six aces and three blocks.

In the nightcap, the teams played two tightly contested matches in the first two sets as Northeastern captured the opener, 25-23, before ETSU answered with a 25-23 win of its own in the second. Then, in the third set, the Huskies won 10 of the first 11 points and never looked back en route to recording a 25-8 victory. ETSU was never able to take the lead in the fourth, as the closest the Bucs would get was pulling even at 10-10. Northeastern went on to win the next four points – and after the Bucs inched within two (19-17) – the Huskies scored six of the final eight points to end the match.

Amanda Lowe was the lone Buccaneer to register double-digit kills (11), while the Virginia Tech transfer also added five digs and three blocks. Caroline Dykes accounted for 32 of ETSU’s 38 assists and Haley Sanders (Brentwood, Tenn.) totaled a career-high 20 digs.  

Miscues haunted the Blue and Gold as they committed 30 attack errors, 10 service errors and three ball handling errors.

Northeastern, who won both of its matches on Friday, had three players total double-digit kills, including Nailah Jenkins hitting .526 (12-2-19).  

The Bucs look to secure their first win on Saturday when ETSU concludes play in Durham against East Carolina at Noon.

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