JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 29, 2010) -ETSU had four players record double-digit kills and the Bucs earned their seventh straight victory, downing Stetson 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17), Friday night in Atlantic Sun volleyball action at Brooks Gym.
ETSU moves to 22-6 (5-1 A-Sun) on the year with the victory, while Stetson falls to 1-22 (0-7 A-Sun) with the loss. In addition, the Bucs are now a perfect 10-0 against the Hatters in the all-time series.
ETSU senior middle blocker Alysa Long (Romulus, Mich.) finished the night with a double-double that included 13 kills on .333 hitting and 10 blocks. Freshman Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) also finished the night with 13 kills, while also adding 11 digs for her ninth double-double of the year. Jamie Stancliff (Advance, N.C.) finished the night with 11 kills on .333 hitting. Erin Ryan (Davie, Fla.) was the fourth member of the squad in double figures as she notched 10 kills.
Lauren Baufield (Plymouth, Minn.) had eight kills and 19 digs, while Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) recorded a game-high 23 digs to lead the ETSU defense. Senior Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) dished out a game-high 47 assists, while also recording seven kills, four digs, and five blocks.
ETSU finished the night with a .154 attack efficiency and held Stetson to just .090 hitting for the night. The Bucs also finished with a 7-2 advantage in service aces. ETSU out-blocked the Hatters on the night 14.0 to 12.0 and are now a perfect 10-0 this season when recording 10 or more blocks.
Stetson jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead in the opening set, but ETSU answered by scoring the next four points to tie up the match. After a Stancliff kill that tied the match at 14 apiece, Baufield recorded a kill and a Stetson attack error put ETSU up for good in the set. The Bucs took the set 25-20 after Stancliff closed the frame with another kill. Baufield and Stancliff both had four kills in the set to lead the Bucs. ETSU hit a solid .222 during the frame while limiting Stetson to a .000 efficiency.
ETSU got off to the quick start in the second set as Stancliff and Devine helped put the Bucs in front 7-3. Stetson won the next four points, however, to tie the match at 7 apiece. With the score tied 11-11, a Ryan attack error put Stetson in front by one. The Hatters remained in front for the rest of the set as they took the 25-22 victory.
The Bucs jumped out to fast start for the second consecutive set as they took a 7-3 lead in the third set. Long started heating up as she recorded three of ETSU's first seven points. Once again, Stetson fought back to tie up the match on several occasions. Then, after the score was tied at 11, Stetson reeled off three straight points to take a 14-11 lead. The Hatters remained in front until a ball handling error tied the match back up at 22. The Bucs got two straight kills from Baufield and Ryan to force set point at 24-22. ETSU then benefitted from a Stetson attack error to close out the set 25-22.ETSU opened the fourth set with a commanding 18-6 lead thanks to three kills from Ryan during the first half of the set. The Bucs reeled off 10 straight points during the frame to take the 12 point lead. ETSU cruised to victory in the set 25-17, which closed out the match. Ryan led the way for the Bucs in the set with four kills.
The Bucs will return to action tomorrow afternoon as they host Florida Gulf Coast at 2 p.m. The match will be Senior Day for six ETSU seniors, Lauren Baufield, Whitney Cogburn, Alysa Long, Dani Howe, Desiree Dyck, and Erin Ryan.
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