ETSU volleyball begins 2004 campaign, prepares for Auburn
<b>Senior Karen Freeburg and the Lady Bucs begin the 2004 season tomorrow night versus Auburn</b>
Senior Karen Freeburg and the Lady Bucs begin the 2004 season tomorrow night versus Auburn

Thursday, September 02, 2004

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. (Sep. 2, 2004) - The Lady Bucs volleyball squad will begin the 2004 season tomorrow when they travel to Auburn, Ala. to face the host Tigers in the Mizuno/Auburn Challenge. ETSU will also face Iowa State and Birmingham Southern at the two-day event to conclude on Saturday. Auburn compiled a 10-18 record during the 2003 season competing in the highly talented Southeastern Conference. The Tigers will return five athletes from last year's squad and welcome four freshmen to the 2004 roster. Returning for AU will be their top attacker, Ashlee Johns, who posted a 3.90 kills per game average, as well as their top defensive specialist Julie Bosler who managed 89 total blocks last year. The Tigers are coached by Laura Farina who enters her third season at the helm of the AU program. Head coach Lindsey Devine returns four starters and a total of six letterwinners from the 2003 squad who went 9-22 with a trip to the Southern Conference championship tournament last November. Karen Freeburg (New Castle, Ind.), the team's lone senior and co-captain, will lead ETSU in becoming a tough conference contender during the 2004 season. Natalie Pittenger (Gaston, Ind.), a sophomore libero for the Lady Bucs, also carries co-captain honors this season. "We are so excited to have the opportunity to step onto the court this weekend and face tough competition while also seeing our team really come together. We have worked extremely hard throughout the preseason weeks and this weekend will be a great start to our season," Devine said. Sara Scandiffio (Purcellville, Va.) will bring a strong defensive presence to the net for the Bucs after posting 54 total blocks and 146 kills last year. Brittany Kessel (Libertyville, Ill.) joins the 2004 squad, a transfer from Kent State University, Kessel will step into the setter position this season after a successful freshman campaign where she posted 38 assists and seven kills in 42 games played for the Golden Flashes. Freshmen Michelle Mislan (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Callie Kiselich (Colorado Springs, Co.) will play major roles throughout the 2004 squad as well as Katie Longden (Fort Dodge, Iowa) a transfer from Iowa Central Community College. Follow the Lady Bucs volleyball squad on www.ETSUBucs.com throughout the weekend for updated scores and game stories.
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VB ETSU 3 Macon, Ga.
Nov 15 Mercer University 1
WBB High Point University 76 Final
Nov 17 ETSU 84
MBB Virginia-Wise 66 F
Nov 18 ETSU 111
WBB Appalachian State University 76 Final
Nov 19 ETSU 70
WBB ETSU 79 Final
Nov 21 Saint Francis University 63
VB ETSU Greensboro, N.C.
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. No. 5 Western Carolina (SoCon Quarterfinal)
MBB UNC Asheville 87 F
Nov 22, 12:00 p.m. ETSU 98
MBB ETSU 69 F
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Winthrop 64
WBB ETSU 69 Final
Nov 24, 12:00 p.m. Indiana State University 76
WBB ETSU Bloomington, Ind.
Nov 26, 2:00 p.m. Indiana University
WBB ETSU Blacksburg, Va.
Nov 29, 5:00 p.m. Virginia Tech University
MBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 1, 7:00 p.m. Morehead State
WBB ETSU Fairfax, Va.
Dec 3, 5:00 p.m. George Mason University
MBB Western Carolina Freedom Hall
Dec 3, 8:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Huntsville, Ala.
Dec 6, 6:00 p.m. Alabama A&M University
MBB UNC Greensboro Freedom Hall
Dec 13, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB Eastern Kentucky University Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 13, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Morehead, Ky.
Dec 15, 12:00 p.m. Morehead State University
MBB ETSU Richmond, Ky.
Dec 16, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky