Thursday, November 21, 2013
KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 21, 2013) – For the second straight season, ETSU and Lipscomb will square off in the semifinals of the Atlantic Sun Championship as the Bucs and Bisons renew their rivalry Friday at night at 7:30 p.m., inside the KSU Convocation Center.
ETSU (22-8, 16-2), who earned a bye into the semifinals by securing the second seed, face third seed Lipscomb (22-7) in postseason play for the third time in the last four seasons. The Bisons advanced to their ninth straight conference semifinal by defeating tournament host Kennesaw State in four sets (25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 25-21) on Thursday night.
A year ago, the Bucs ended Lipscomb’s three-year run as tournament champs by taking down the Bisons in four sets on their home floor en route to ETSU claiming its first-ever A-Sun Championship.
This season, the Blue and Gold swept Lipscomb, becoming the first conference team to accomplish the feat since Florida Gulf Coast in 2008. Both matches went five sets, with the most recent being a thrilling comeback win for the Blue and Gold back on Nov. 8 inside Brooks Gym.
In the two matches, senior Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) averaged 4.60 kills and 2.40 digs per set, including a career-high 28-kill effort in the win two weeks ago. Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) hit .347 (20-3-49) and averaged 1.40 blocks per set against the Bisons this season.
Despite losing the battle on the stat sheet, ETSU picked up the most important result – the wins. As a team, the Bucs averaged 12.30 kills, 11.60 assists, 1.10 service aces, 12.30 digs and 2.70 blocks per set in the season series. Meanwhile, Lipscomb recorded 13.60 kills, 13.10 assists, 1.10 service aces, 13.60 digs and 1.80 blocks per set. ETSU hit .242 (123-43-331), while the Bisons posted a .243 clip (136-53-341).
The Bucs have won the last three meetings, but Lipscomb leads the all-time series, 11-8. Friday’s match marks the fourth meeting in postseason play, with the Bisons taking two of those three matches.
The winner of Friday’s semifinal match advances to take on No. 1 Jacksonville or No. 4 Florida Gulf Coast in Saturday’s A-Sun Championship.
Friday’s match will be broadcast live on ESPN3, while live stats can be accessed on Stat Broadcast.
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