Volleyball swept by first-place Mountaineers

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (October 28, 2003) - East Tennessee State's volleyball team was swept by Southern Conference rival Appalachian State Monday night from Brooks Gym, 30-22, 30-22, and 30-25. With the victory, the Mountaineers increased their lead in the north division standings by improving to 9-3 in league play (11-14 overall). ETSU (6-19, 4-9 SoCon) struggled offensively throughout the evening, finishing with a .115 attack percentage. The Mountaineers recorded six of their 10 team blocks in game one en route to the three-game sweep. The Buccaneers first lead of the match didn't happen until game three, when the Bucs took a 6-5 advantage. There were 10 ties in the final game, and ETSU held the lead on four separate occasions. However, the Bucs were unable to sustain the small push of momentum to force a game four. "They are tall, they served the ball hard, and any ball that we tried to hit they got a hand on," said ETSU head coach Lindsey Devine of visiting ASU. "In order for us to be successful against them or any other team, we have to be able to pass the ball better." Karen Freeburg (New Castle, Ind.) led ETSU with 11 digs and three blocks, but her performance was marred by the Mountaineers strong defensive presence. Freeburg had seven kills on 33 attacks, which led to an attack percentage of just .091. Senior Lissa Allen (Palm Bay, Fla.) and freshman Kelsey Sherich (Ogallala, Neb.) paced the Bucs with nine kills each, and sophomore Kristi Robinson (Knoxville, Tenn.) tallied 35 assists. On the other side of the net, Katherine Dean and Jackie Jennings led the ASU assault. Dean registered 13 kills and four blocks, while Jennings finished with 12 kills and three blocks. Stefanie Panzer recorded a match-high .357 hitting percentage and five blocks. Rachel Gates led all players with 16 digs, followed by Starla Gustafson (12) and Amy Lewis (11). Gustafson also tallied three of the team's eight service aces. The Buccaneers have some time in which to prepare for their next opponent. ETSU will not be in action again until Tuesday, Nov. 4, when Western Carolina comes into town. The match is set for 6 p.m. in Brooks Gym.
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WCC NCAA South Regional Tallahassee, Fla.
Nov 14 23 of 29
VB ETSU 3 Charleston, S.C.
Nov 14 The Citadel 1
WBB ETSU 81 Final
Nov 14 University of North Carolina at Asheville 68
MBB ETSU 76 F
Nov 14 Valparaiso 90
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 Rock Hill, S.C.
Nov 24, 7:00 p.m. Winthrop
WBB ETSU Terre Haute, Ind.
Nov 24, 8:00 p.m. Indiana State University
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
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