Volleyball wins Country Inn & Suites Invitational after defeating Tennessee Tech, 3-1

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tamblyn named Tournament MVP

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (September 10, 2011)Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Bethany Gesell (High Point, N.C.) combined for 30 kills to lead the ETSU volleyball team past Tennessee Tech, 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-17, 25-16), Saturday at Maclellan Gym.

With the victory, ETSU took home the Country Inn & Suites Invitational title with a perfect 3-0 record, moving to 6-5 on the season. Tennessee Tech falls to 1-9 on the season.

Devine led the offensive charge with 17 kills, while Gesell had a career high 13 kills and seven blocks. Devine extends her streak of 10 or more kills to eight straight matches, while also adding 11 digs for the double-double.

Senior Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) was named Tournament MVP after recording double figure digs in each of the three matches, capped off by a 17 dig performance against TTU. Jamie Stancliff (Advance, N.C.) and Kayla Williams (El Paso, Texas) were also named to the all-tournament team. Stancliff finished the match with 10 blocks, while Williams came in off the bench to record 25 assists.

The Bucs opened the first set on a 3-0 run to take the early advantage. It was a lead they would never relinquish. ETSU used a 4-0 run with the score 19-16 to extend its lead to 23-16. Gesell led the Buccaneer offense with five kills in the set, while also adding three blocks.

Tennessee Tech jumped out to the early 3-0 advantage to begin the second set. The Bucs quickly reeled off three straight points of their own to even the match at 3-3, thanks to two service aces from Devine. After back and forth play from both teams, Tennessee Tech got back to back kills with the score tied at 23 to clinch the set, 25-23.

The Golden Eagles got off to a quick start in the third set as well, but ETSU quickly responded by going on a 5-0 run to take a 7-4 lead. The Bucs maintained the lead throughout the rest of the set and used a 5-0 run to close the set with the 25-17 victory. Devine was impressive in the set by recording 10 kills.

With the score tied at 9-9 in the fourth set, ETSU reeled off six straight points to take a 15-9 advantage. The Bucs were able to maintain a lead throughout the rest of the set. ETSU clinched the set and the match after a Tennessee Tech attack error. The Bucs took the set, 25-16.

ETSU returns to action Friday, September 16 for the JMU Invitational. The Bucs will open the tournament against James Madison at 7:30 p.m.

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