JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 10, 2010) - Senior Erin Ryan (Davie, Fla.) recorded a game-high 12 kills on .345 hitting to lead ETSU volleyball past USC Upstate, 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-17) in the regular season finale, Wednesday night inside Brooks Gym.
With the victory, ETSU moves to 24-8 (7-3 A-Sun), while USC Upstate ends its season with a 10-18 (1-9 A-Sun) mark.
"The team got their focus back and playing at home really has a calming effect," said ETSU head coach Lindsey Devine. "Our fans have been very supportive of us all season and most importantly I think our seniors wanted to finish their last match at Brooks Gym on a winning note."
ETSU came away with 43 kills on .324 hitting, while limiting the Spartans to just 26 kills and a .112 attack efficiency. The Bucs also out-blocked the Spartans 7.0 to 2.0. The .324 attack efficiency recorded by the Bucs was their second best total of the season. The Bucs hit .333 against N.C. Central back in September.
Ryan led the ETSU offense as she only recorded two errors on 29 attempts. Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) had nine kills, three digs and two blocks. Lauren Baufield (Plymouth, Minn.) had eight kills on an impressive .417 hitting, while also adding four assists and seven digs. Alysa Long (Romulus, Mich.) had seven kills on .400 hitting and three blocks.
Whitney Cogburn (Kingsport, Tenn.) filled up the stat sheet with 31 assists, five kills, two service aces, four digs, and two blocks. Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) led the ETSU defense with a game-high 13 digs, while also adding three assists and two service aces.
With the victory, ETSU is guaranteed at least the No. 4 seed in next weekend's Atlantic Sun Championship. The Bucs will be the No. 3 seed if No. 2 Kennesaw State can knock off Mercer on Saturday.
The Bucs will be back in on Thursday as they will either take on North Florida, Jacksonville, or Belmont. If the Bucs enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed, they will take on Belmont. However, if they receive the No. 3 seed they will take on the winner of the North Florida-Jacksonville match that takes place on Friday night.
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