ETSU volleyball opens 2010 season this weekend

Thursday, August 26, 2010



JOHNSON CITY, Tenn.
(August 26, 2010) - The ETSU volleyball team will open its 2010 season with three matches at the Deacon Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., this weekend.
 
The Bucs will open the tournament against Georgia on Friday at 4:30 p.m. The two teams have met seven times, with the Bulldogs leading the all-time series 4-3. The teams have not faced each other since 1984 when Georgia took that match 3-0. The Bulldogs finished with a 17-14 overall record last season, including an 8-12 mark in the SEC. The team returns eight letterwinners from a year ago and has added five fresh faces to the team.
 
ETSU is looking to win its season opening match for the first time since 2005 when the team knocked off UNC Greensboro, 3-2, in the season opener that season. Six seniors will lead the ETSU attack as they return five starters and nine letterwinners from last season.
 
On Saturday, the Bucs will take on Wake Forest at 12:30 p.m. before closing out the tournament against defending Big South champion, Coastal Carolina at 4:30 p.m. The Bucs are 0-2 all-time against Wake Forest, but the two teams have not faced each other since 2002 when the Demon Deacons defeated the Bucs 3-0. The Demon Deacons were 11-20 overall last season including 9-11 in the ACC. The team is returning 11 players from a year ago.
 
Meanwhile, ETSU and Coastal Carolina have split the all-time series with each team winning two games apiece. ETSU won the last meeting 3-0 back in 2002. The Chanticleers were pick to win the Big South for the second straight season as they finished the 2009 campaign with a 20-14 overall record including a 10-6 mark in conference play.
 
Live stats for the Deacon Invitational can be found at www.wakeforestsports.com. Admission for all matches at Reynolds Gym is free.
 
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MBB UNC Greensboro 80 F
Dec 13 ETSU 79
WBB Eastern Kentucky University 49 Final
Dec 13 ETSU 64
WBB ETSU 86 Final
Dec 15 Morehead State University 77
MBB ETSU 63 F
Dec 16 Eastern Kentucky 60
WBB ETSU 48 Final
Dec 19 University of North Carolina Wilmington 61
WBB ETSU 56 Final
Dec 20 Jacksonville State University 57
MBB ETSU Richmond, Va.
Dec 22, 7:00 p.m. VCU
WBB Iona College Johnson City, Tenn.
Dec 29, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MBB ETSU Knoxville, Tenn.
Dec 31, 1:00 p.m. Tennessee
WBB ETSU Chapel Hill, N.C.
Jan 2, 2:00 p.m. University of North Carolina
MBB VMI Freedom Hall
Jan 2, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
MBB ETSU Birmingham, Ala.
Jan 5, 8:00 p.m. Samford
MBB Mercer Freedom Hall
Jan 8, 7:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Greenville, S.C.
Jan 10, 2:00 p.m. Furman University
MBB Chattanooga Freedom Hall
Jan 10, 4:00 p.m. ETSU
WBB ETSU Spartanburg, S.C.
Jan 12, 11:30 a.m. Wofford College