Volleyball Drops Conference Opener

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

Johnson City, Tenn. (September 10, 2002) - Just a few days after Western Carolina's volleyball team defeated Tennessee, the Catamounts captured another big win by defeating East Tennessee State in the Southern Conference opener Tuesday night in Brooks Gym. The Buccaneers overall record dipped to 2-6 on the season, while Western Carolina improved to 5-3 overall by defeating the Bucs 30-22, 30-26 and 30-27. ETSU, who finished second place in the SoCon last year, didn't hit as well as head coach Deane Webb would have liked. But Webb noted it is going to take some time before his young team will gel, and the Bucs will be seeking revenge the next time around. "Western Carolina is traditionally a big rival for us," Webb said. "They played a little better than we did tonight, but they are a team we can beat." Leading the way for East Tennessee State was Nicole Ryan (Etiwanda, Calif.) with 16 kills, while Katie Ralph (Seattle, Wash.) hit .476 with 11 kills. Renee Vesey (Paw Paw, Mich.) saw plenty of action as the set-up person, registering 33 assists to lead the match. The Buccaneer offense had some trouble getting going against the height and athleticism of the Catamount front line. Tricia Eble tallied four of Western Carolina's 16 team blocks, while five different players garnered double figures in digs. Stefanie Peters led the way with 11 digs and 12 kills. Despite falling to 0-1 in conference play, ETSU is not concerned since it is early in the season. Coach Webb is confident that once his team gets going full steam, then the wins will follow. "We need to get a few wins to get the confidence it takes to be successful," Webb added. "We have to be a little smarter in certain situations, and communication has to improve in order for us to get to where we want to be." East Tennessee State is in action again this Friday, Sept. 13, when the Bucs host Chatanooga at 6:00 p.m. in Brooks Gym.
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WSOC Radford 2 F
Aug 22 ETSU 3
MSOC ETSU 1 F
Aug 23 Virginia Tech (Exh.) 0
WSOC ETSU 5 F
Aug 24 Tennessee Tech 1
WSOC Appalachian St. 0 F (2OT)
Aug 28 ETSU 1
MCC Covered Bridge Open Boone, N.C.
Aug 29 3 of 11
WCC Covered Bridge Open Boone, N.C.
Aug 29 5 of 11
VB ETSU 3 Charlotte, N.C.
Aug 29 Morgan State University 0
VB ETSU 1 Charlotte, N.C.
Aug 29 California State University, Sacramento 3
MSOC ETSU 3 F
Aug 29 William & Mary 2
VB ETSU 1 Charlotte, N.C.
Aug 30 UNC Charlotte 3
WSOC Campbell 2 2OT
Aug 31 ETSU 3
MSOC ETSU 2 F
Aug 31 VCU 1
WSOC South Carolina St. Johnson City. Tenn.
Sep 2, 6:00 p.m. ETSU
WSOC Alabama A&M Johnson City, Tenn.
Sep 4, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
VB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Sep 5, 3:00 p.m. The College of William and Mary
VB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Sep 5, 7:00 p.m. George Mason University
VB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Sep 6, 12:00 p.m. University of Maryland