ETSU volleyball falls to Kennesaw State 3-1

Saturday, November 06, 2010

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 5, 2010) -
Sabrita Gulley and Grace Hoyt combined for 25 kills to lead Kennesaw State past ETSU 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 15-25, 22-25) Friday night in Atlantic Sun volleyball action at the KSU Convocation Center.
With the victory, Kennesaw State moves to 15-9 overall and 7-1 in the Atlantic Sun. ETSU falls to 23-7 and 6-2 in the A-Sun. In addition, KSU extends their winning streak to seven straight, while snapping ETSU's eight match winning streak.
"I thought that Kennesaw State was just very consistent all night long," said ETSU head coach Lindsey Devine. "They were also very composed and it is just extremely difficult to win when committing so many errors."
The Bucs committed 30 attack errors on the night, while Kennesaw State recorded just 18 errors. KSU also outhit the Bucs .204 to .166. ETSU also had 13 service errors on the night, while the Owls committed just four.
Lauren Baufield (Plymouth, Minn.) and Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) led the way for the Bucs as each recorded a double-double. Baufield recorded 14 kills and 11 digs, while Devine had 10 kills and 18 digs. Erin Ryan (Davie, Fla.) was the third member of the Bucs in double figures as she finished with 10 kills. Alyssa Long (Romulus, Mich.) recorded nine kills and five blocks, while hitting .300 on the night.
Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) recorded 17 digs to go along with two aces and five assists. Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) had a solid all-around night with 44 assists, six kills, and eight digs, and five blocks.
Both teams traded points for much of the opening set until a Kennesaw State attack error put the Bucs up 12-11. ETSU won the next three points thanks to two blocks and a Cogburn kill that put ETSU up 15-11, and forced a KSU timeout. The Owls crawled back and eventually tied the set on four separate occasions. Then, with the scored knotted at 22, ETSU got back to back kills from Long and Devine followed by a Tamblyn service ace to close the set for the 25-22 victory.
The Bucs could not keep the momentum as the Owls rallied back to win the next three sets to earn the victory. With the victory, Kennesaw State moves into the number two spot in the A-Sun standings with two matches to play, while ETSU shares the third spot with Belmont with two matches to play. ETSU does own the tiebreaker with Belmont, however.
ETSU closes out the road trip tomorrow against Mercer at 3 p.m. inside the University Center. The Bucs return home on Wednesday for the regular season finale against USC Upstate. The match is set for 7 p.m.

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