JOHNSON CITY, TN- Once again the ETSU Volleyball team was able to defeat an opponent in three sets as the Buccaneers won 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-16) over The Citadel on Saturday afternoon inside Brooks Gym.
It’s the seventh straight victory for the Bucs this season, their longest winning streak of the season and longest since a nine-game winning streak back in 2013. ETSU improved their home record to 8-0 and hasn’t dropped a set at home since Oct.7 versus Western Carolina. The blue and gold clinched their 12th three-set win this season, the most since having a program-record 15 back in 2010.
“We have a lot of confidence and a lot of belief in what we are able to do,” said head coach Lindsey Devine. “The players are putting in the work on the front end and reaping the benefits of it in games. Everyday we have been working hard and competing.”
Overall ETSU recorded a hitting percentage of .359, the third best mark this season and held the Bulldogs just a .091 hitting percentage. Senior Briana Allmon (Flower Mound, Texas)led the Bucs with 11 kills. Sophomore AJ Lux (Shelbyville, Ind.) led all ETSU hitters with a .700 hitting percentage with seven kills.
Defensively, freshman Kaela Massey (Brentwood, Tenn.) had a team and match-high six blocks with Allmon pitching in with four blocks. The blue and gold totaled 10 blocks on the afternoon, the third most in a match this season. The win improves ETSU’s overall record to 16-6 and the Bucs remain in first place in the Southern Conference at 8-2.
“We know that the last half of the schedule everyone is going to bring their best game,” said Devine. “It is easier to be the hunter instead of the hunted and right now we are being the hunted. However, I think our girls are embracing that and are playing with confidence and trusting each other.”
Courtesy: East Tennessee State Athletics