Records fall as Volley Bucs down Lipscomb in three games
Junior Kaena Apana had a record setting day against the Bisons Saturday afternoon.
Junior Kaena Apana had a record setting day against the Bisons Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (October 21, 2006) - One day after defeating Belmont for sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Sun, the Lady Bucs celebrated Senior Day with a record setting performance, setting a conference record for digs in a three-game conference match, led by junior Kaena Apana's (Waianae, Hawaii) conference record 31, and extended their winning streak to a school-record 11 matches with a three-game sweep of visiting Lipscomb Saturday afternoon.

 

"Having four seniors on the floor adds so much leadership and experience to this team," said head coach Lindsey Devine.  "Each match in this winning streak has built our confidence and brought us closer to where we need to be.  We had such great crowd support this weekend, and I am proud we were able to showcase all of our hard work in front of these great fans."

 

The Lady Bucs (20-5, 7-0) controlled the match, out-hitting the Bisons in all three games, as well as out-digging and out-blocking their opponents.

 

Apana and junior Callie Kiselich (Colorado Springs, Colo.) led ETSU in the opening game, as Apana amassed 19 of her 31 kills in game one and Kiselich belted seven of her match-high tying seven kills.  After failing to end the game in their first three chances, junior Marissa Mortensen (Elk Grove, Ill.) made the Lady Bucs' fourth game point the last one they needed with her second kill of the frame in as many tries.

 

The Lady Bucs raced out to a seven point lead in game two, but the Bisons climbed back into contention with a 16-9 run, tying the stanza at 28, but a service error and an attack error gave ETSU a stranglehold on the match.  Senior Crystal Palmer (Chico, Calif.) hit .417 for the game, hammering out a game high six kills.  Senior Jennifer Sartor (Toronto, Ontario) also chipped in five of her match-high tying 15 kills in the two-point victory.

 

Sartor and Kiselich  and senior Sarah Buhr (Stockton, Calif.) headed up the Lady Buc attack in game three, combining for 21 kills and achieving stratospheric hitting percentages of .533, .667 and .417, respectively.

 

Senior Nani Emerson (Tracy, Calif.) was spectacular as always, almost flawlessly directing the offense with a match-high 44 assists and just one error.  Apana's 31 digs breaks the old conference record for a three-game match of 30 set by Mercer's Liz Kane in 2004.  As a team, the Lady Bucs accumulated 84 digs in the three games, setting a new conference mark for a conference match topping the previous standard of 76 set by Lipscomb against Gardner-Webb in 2003.

 

The Lady Bucs take to the road, completing their conference schedule with visits to Stetson and Mercer in the coming week.  ETSU challenges Stetson Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in DeLand, Fla, and wraps up A-Sun play against Mercer at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 29 in Macon, Ga.

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