Athletics fuel campus over break
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 22:10
For most students, fall break is a time to either get caught up with school or relax and prepare for the second half of the semester. For the athletes that participate in fall sports at ETSU, the break falls right in the middle of their season, when relaxing could undo months of hard work.
Over the break, there were five different athletic events on campus and six of ETSU’s teams competed over the four-day weekend.
The men’s soccer team hosted Atlantic Sun conference foes Florida Gulf Coast and Stetson University over the weekend. Senior goalkeeper Ryan Coulter earned the A-Sun Defensinve Player of the Week heading into the weekend matches after recording his sixth and seventh shutouts. The Bucs split the matches, dropping the first to FGCU, 2-1, then bouncing back to shut out Stetson 3-0. The weekend split put the Bucs in third place in conference play.
While the men’s team was in Johnson City defending their home pitch, the women’s soccer team hit the road to take on Stetson and FGCU in their territory. The women were less successful in their attempts as they dropped both matches, 2-1 to FGCU and 3-0 to Stetson. Along with Coulter, sophomore midfielder Sarah Zadrazil also earned A-Sun Player of the Week honors heading into the break. Zadrazil is currently second in the nation in assists per game.
Rounding out a successful weekend of competition was the volleyball team, who continue to dominate in conference play, stretching their win streak to nine matches. The Lady Bucs beat both Stetson and FGCU on their home court inside Brooks Gym. Making quick work of both teams, ETSU shut out both opponents, recording consecutive 3-0 straight set wins. For her part, junior Meredith Hardy earned A-Sun Player of the Week honors on Monday. The Lady Bucs currently sit atop the A-Sun standings with a 7-0 conference record, having beat every team in the A-Sun with the exception of Jacksonville and North Florida.
The women’s tennis team finished off the weekend, sweeping the ETSU Invitational.