Friday, November 17, 2006
"Take nothing away from
After scoring the match's first point, the Lady Bucs, dropped four consecutive points, and despite rallying to tie the frame twice, never regained the lead, dropping game one for just the fifth time in their last 18 matches 30-17. ETSU was uncharacteristically sloppy throughout game one, committing 11 errors and only accumulating 13 kills for a paltry .043 hitting percentage.
ETSU responded in game two, hitting .409 and converting 22 kills on 44 attacks with just four errors. The Dolphins (17-14) answered the Lady Bucs challenge, hitting .348 themselves while committing just three errors. ETSU built an early six-point advantage at 11-5, but
The Lady Bucs maintained their momentum into game three, pulling away with an early 8-1 run and easing to a seven-point win. Senior Crystal Palmer (
The Dolphins answered in game four, fighting off two match points and closing the game on a 4-0 run, forcing a decisive game five with a 31-29 win. The Lady Bucs twice held five-point leads and did not trail until the
The two teams traded leads early in game five, but the Dolphins pulled away with a 7-0 run for a 12-6 lead and held on for a 15-8 match-clinching victory.
Kiselich finished with a match-high 24 kills and senior Nani Emerson (
It's a disappointing end to a fantastic season for the Lady Bucs. The 2006 squad set a new school record with 16 consecutive victories and captured the program's first ever regular season championship with a perfect 9-0 conference record.
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