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ETSU volleyball battles back to split day two at the Liberty Invitational
Saturday, September 05, 2009
"We made a small step in the right direction today," said head coach Lindsey Devine. "When we mentally show up to play a match, I am confident we will be happy with the outcome. The Howard match was evidence of that."
Alysa Long (
Lauren Baufield (
Youell quarterbacked the Buccaneer offense tallying 73 assists 15 digs and 11 kills on the day, while Cogburn had 36 assists, 18 digs and 16 kills. Junior Erin Ryan (
"Long contributed tremendously, and Cogburn proved to be a hot hand for us," Devine said. "With a number of our girls getting double-doubles, it shows that our players are following the game plan and putting it into action. We need to use these last two weekends to realize what level we are capable of playing at, and translate that into conference play."
In the Elon match, the
The Phoenix came out strong in the second set by getting out to an 8-3 lead, but again ETSU battled back to tie it at 13-all. Play was tight until with the score tied at 16-16, the Bucs rallied to take five straight points to take a 21-16 lead. From there, Elon came back to tie the set at 24-all; however, ETSU got a kill from Kristan Provchy (
In the third set, play was back and forth until the
The fourth set saw 10 ties and four lead changes as neither team could get out in front until the Buccaneers got four straight points to take a 20-16 lead. ETSU held on to take the fourth set 25-22 on a kill by Ryan.
Elon used a 5-1 run to take a 9-5 lead in the final set. The Bucs cut the lead to 11-9, but the
ETSU fell behind early in the first set of the Howard match as the Lady Bison went on a 5-1 run to take a 10-5 lead. The Bucs battled back to tie the set at 17-all after a 6-1 run, but could not take the lead as Howard held on to win 26-24.
Howard jumped out to a 5-3 lead after taking four straight points in the second set. ETSU answered with a 7-2 run to take a 10-7 lead, but the Lady Bison battled back to tie the set at 13-all. The set remained tight until with the Bucs up 24-22 the Lady Bison went on a 5-1 run to take the second set 27-25.
In the third set, the Bucs jumped out to a 19-11 lead after going on a 9-3 run. ETSU went on to win the third set 25-17 as Ryan and Cogburn each had four kills in the set.
The two teams battled back and forth in the fourth set as there were ten ties and five lead changes in the set. The Bucs went on to win the set 25-22 after winning three straight points to force a fifth set.
With the score tied at 5-all in the final set, ETSU went on a 7-3 run to take a 12-8 lead. The Bucs held on to win the set 15-11 on a Jen Niece (
The Bucs (1-5) open the conference season Tuesday at 7 p.m. as they host USC Upstate in the home opener. For more information on Buccaneer volleyball and all other Buccaneer athletic news, please visit www.ETSUBucs.com.
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