This Week in ETSU Athletics: Oct. 8-14

Monday, October 08, 2012

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 8, 2012) – Below are a list of all the ETSU Athletic events taking place for the week of Oct. 8-14.

Men’s Cross Country

This week: The Bucs make their final tune-up before the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship when ETSU travels to Boone, N.C. for the Blue Ridge Open on Friday, Oct. 12. The men will run an 8K race with the “Gold Race” beginning at 3:45 p.m. and the “Open Race” starting at 5 p.m. from the ASU State Farm Fields.   

Last week: Idle

Women’s Cross Country

This week: Like the men’s team, the women’s cross country team will also race in Boone, N.C. on Friday at the Blue Ridge Open. The women will run a 5K as the “Gold Race” kicks off at 3 p.m., while the “Open Race” starts at 4:30.     

Last week: Idle

Men’s Golf

This week: The Bucs return to action this weekend when ETSU hosts the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at Blackthorn Club, beginning Friday, Oct. 12. The teams expected to appear in the tournament include Army, Coastal Carolina, Furman, Memphis, Missouri, Penn State, Pepperdine, Tennessee, UNC-Wilmington, No. 22 Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. The 54-hole tournament will conclude on Sunday. Stay tuned to ETSUBucs.com for more information and results following each round.

Last week: Freshman Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) and sophomore Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales) competed in the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship in Turkey. Meronk posted a top-10 finish as he tied for seventh with a three-round score of 7-under 207, while Pugh shot a 235 and finished in a three-way tie for 145th.

Women’s Golf

This week: The Bucs will return to action on Oct. 13th and 14th at the Hoosier Fall Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. Coverage will be available at ETSUBucs.com throughout the weekend.

Last week: The ETSU women’s golf team enjoyed a dominating performance at the UNCG Starmount Forest Tournament. The Bucs won the team title finishing a full 24 strokes ahead of any other team in the field, while four players placed in the top six individually. Overall, the Blue and Gold set multiple new program records during the tournament, including best second-round score (283), best two-round score (570) and best three-round score (852). ETSU finished 24 strokes ahead of Maryland, while also besting No. 20 East Carolina by 29 strokes and No. 17 Campbell by 36 strokes.

Men’s Soccer (6-5-1, 2-1-0 A-Sun)

This week: The Bucs wrap up their four-game home stand Tuesday night when 2007 National Champion and 15th-ranked Wake Forest makes a trip to Summers-Taylor Stadium for a non-conference showdown. Game time is set for 7 p.m. ETSU returns to conference action on Saturday when the Bucs travel to Nashville to take on Lipscomb. Kickoff with the Bison is slated for 8 p.m. (Eastern) at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. Both games will be video streamed live on ASun.TV, while live stats will be provided via StatBroadcast.com.

Last week: ETSU earned six critical points after defeating North Florida, 4-0, on Friday night and taking down Jacksonville, 2-1, Sunday afternoon. Four different Buccaneer players found the back of the net against the Ospreys as David Geno (Kingsport, Tenn.) scored the first goal in the first half, while Franck Doumbe (Silver Spring, Md.), Colin Pugh (Dublin, Ireland) and Theo Yang (Lilburn, Ga.) provided some insurance scores in the final 45 minutes of play. The four goals by the Blue and Gold tied program records for most in a game and largest margin of victory. On Sunday, Geno scored ETSU's first goal 20 minutes into the first half, breaking Aaron Schoenfeld's school record for career points. The Dobyns-Bennett product now has 52 in his career, while the goal was also the 20th of Geno’s career, tying him with Schoenfeld for the career mark in that department. Meanwhile, junior defender Nate Hodges (Meridian, Miss.) buried a left-footed free kick in the 89th minute to snap a 1-all game and pull the Bucs past the Dolphins.

Women’s Soccer (9-4-0, 3-2 A-Sun)

This week: After playing three straight conference road matches, the ETSU women’s soccer team returns home for the final time in regular season play this weekend. The Bucs face conference newcomer Northern Kentucky Friday night at 7 p.m., while Senior Day will pin the Blue and Gold against Lipscomb on Sunday at 1 p.m. from Summers-Taylor Stadium. Free live video will be streamed on ASun.TV and live stats will be available on ETSUBucs.com.

Last week: The Bucs took advantage of a short schedule as ETSU knocked off USC Upstate, 3-0, on Saturday night in Spartanburg. Junior Ramey Kerns (Kings Mountain, N.C.) continued her record-setting season as she scored her 14th and 15th goals of the year to move her points total to 33 and surpass Erin Ashton's program record for points in a season (30). Senior Morgan Thomas (Maryville, Tenn.) opened the scoring, putting ETSU ahead just six minutes in, and later was fouled in the box to setup a penalty conversion by Kerns.

Men’s Tennis

This week: Idle

Last week: The Buccaneers hit up the weekend-long UVA Fall Classic, with sophomores Ricardo Pabon (Bogota, Columbia) and Jorge Varon (Valencia, Venezuela) each winning a back-draw title. Ironically, the Blue and Gold saw their luck come in the Blue and Gold Flights, with Pabon defeating Coast Carolina’s Sam Barr in Sunday’s final, while Varon won the back draw in the Gold Flight over another Chanticleer in Ted Nilsson. ETSU also had junior Roger Ordeig (Gurb, Spain) and senior Jesus Bandres (Caracas, Venezuela) make it to the main draw finals in the White and Black Fights, respectively, but were each defeated by opponents from VCU.

Women’s Tennis

This week: Idle

Last week: Senior Antonia Kolovou (Larisa, Greece) made it all the way to the Flight A final at the Wake Forest Invitational, but was outlasted by UNC Greensboro’s Nitooli Willkins in a third-set tiebreak 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4). The Bucs had plenty more to be proud of, as sophomore Lyn Yee Choo (Kuching, Malaysia) and freshman Anna Gerbasi (Mexico City, Mexico) each advanced to the Flight B back draw final, leaving the match scheduled against one another uncontested. Junior Salma Dahbi (Marrakech, Morocco) also competed in the three-day tournament, winning her first-round match before being ousted in the Flight C quarterfinals. The duo of Gerbasi and Choo highlighted doubles action, advancing to the Flight A semifinals.

Volleyball (12-8, 3-3 A-Sun)

This week: ETSU wraps up its season-long five-game home stand this week as the Bucs host Mercer on Tuesday at 6 p.m., Jacksonville on Friday at 7 p.m., and North Florida on Saturday at 3 p.m. inside Brooks Gym. All three matches will be streamed live on ASun.TV, while live stats will be offered via ETSUBucs.com.

Last week: The Bucs split their two conference matches as ETSU won a five-set thriller (26-28, 25-21, 26-24, 21-25, 15-13) over Northern Kentucky Friday night; however, the Blue and Gold suffered their first home loss of the season Saturday against Lipscomb. Despite taking the opening set, 25-17, the Bucs saw the Lady Bison win the next three (25-27, 23-25, 16-25) inside Brooks Gym. On Friday night, four Buccaneer players recorded double-digit kills, while freshman Khadijah Wiley (Columbus, Ga.) hit a blistering .696, marking the highest attack percentage by an ETSU player with at least 20 attempts in a single match. Wiley finished with a career-high 18 kills on 23 attempts. Junior Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) and sophomore Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.) recorded double-doubles in both matches. Devine finished with 19 kills and a career-best 22 kills versus Northern Kentucky, and added 13 kills and 16 digs in the Lipscomb match. Meanwhile, Rutledge posted a career-high 64 assists to go along with 11 digs in the win over the Norse, while tallying 38 assists and 10 digs against the Lady Bison.

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