Buccaneer volleyball falls to Tennessee
Kate Steidle
Kate Steidle

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (November 12, 2002) - East Tennessee State's volleyball team was shutout 3-0 by the Tennessee Lady Volunteers Tuesday evening in Brooks Gym. Tennessee, which defeated the Buccaneers 30-17, 30-22 and 30-28, improved its overall record to 19-9, while ETSU falls to 8-20 for the season. "Overall, I thought we put forth a good effort and we were aggressive from the start," said East Tennessee State head coach Deane Webb. "The intensity was there, but sometimes the execution wasn't - We needed to be more precise on the offensive end." ETSU jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage in game one, before the Lady Vols came back to tie the game at 4-4. From there each team took turns exchanging points until Tennessee's Julie Knytych (LaGrange Park, Ill.) served up seven consecutive points as the visitors went on to an easy 30-17 win. In game two, the Bucs again jumped out to the early lead. However, Tennessee's presence at the net helped the Vols, who out blocked ETSU 12-5 for the match, deny the Lady Bucs from keeping pace in the 30-23 victory. Game three proved to be the most exciting game of the night as neither team enjoyed more than a three-point advantage over the other. East Tennessee State led early in the game 8-6 after two straight kills by Meghan Connolly (Solon, Ohio) and Nicole Ryan (Etiwanda, Calif.). The Lady Vols bounced right back and eventually tied the game at 8-8 before taking a 17-14 lead. ETSU bounced back to regain the lead 21-20 on an attacking error by Knytych; however, the Bucs didn't have enough steam to finish the game on top as the Lady Vols rallied to escape with the 30-28 win. Junior left-side hitter Kate Steidle (Waynesboro, Va.) led the Bucs with 16 kills, including eight kills in game three, while Ryan recorded 10 kills on the evening. Freshman setter Renee Vesey (Paw Paw, Mich.) tallied a match-high 34 assists. Karen Freeburg (New Castle, Ind.) and Vesey led the defensive effort with 12 kills each. Tennessee was led by Michelle Piantadosi (Boca Raton, Fla.) and Kristen Andre (Kelseyville, Calif.), who paced the team with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Andre also added four block assists and one solo block. Knytych notched 33 assists and also had a team-high 15 digs. Senior outside hitter Kelli Scott (Peoria, Ariz.) collected eight kills for the match, including her 1,000th career kill as a Volunteer. The Bucs continue their current home stretch with a match Friday evening versus Southern Conference opponent UNC Greensboro. The match is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start in Brooks Gym.
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