Volleyball tops Furman in straight sets
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 21:09
The ETSU Bucs volleyball team opened their home court for the 2013 season in a face-off against future Southern Conference rival, the Furman Paladins.
The Bucs look to get back on track after a slow start to the season, falling to UNCG and Wake Forest at the Deacon Invitational in Winston Salem, N.C. The Lady Bucs used the home opener to correct the ship before hitting the road again, beating Furman in straight sets, 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 26-24).
“Winning our first match at home is great,” coach Lindsey Devine said. “We carried in some good play from the weekend.”
ETSU hopped out to an early 4-2 lead in the first set but the Paladins fought back to tie the match at 5-5. Both teams traded points before ETSU stretched the lead, forcing Furman to take a timeout, 16-11 ETSU. The Bucs continued to roll, taking a dominating late game lead 21-16, but the Paladins weren’t done. They made a late charge to cut the lead to one, 22-21 ETSU. ETSU proved to be too much for Furman to overcome in the first set as they finished strong to take the first set 25-21, 1-0 ETSU.
Furman came out swinging at the start of the second set to take a quick 3-0 lead over ETSU, but the Bucs charged right back with the help of sophomore Khadijah Wiley to reclaim the lead.
The Bucs continued to build on the charge to stretch their lead as the set continued, Furman called another timeout, but the damage had already been done and ETSU led 19-13. The Bucs continued to have their way and went on to outscore the Paladins 6-2 to take the second set 25-15, 2-0 ETSU.
ETSU struggled to start the third set but did not let the match get out of hand tying things up at 8-8.
From there the teams started to trade points with both looking for the others weakness to build a lead on. ETSU struck first and managed to stretch the lead to a 16-13 advantage but the Paladins fought back to tie the set back up at 18-18. The set continued to be tight as the Bucs looked to finish the set strong, while Furman looked to keep their match alive. After a chance to put the match away, a strong showing by Furman sent the set to extra points. The Paladins looked to steal the set from ETSU but the Bucs fought to take the third set 26-24 and win the match in straight sets.
“Furman coming here gives us a little taste of the what the SoCon has to offer,” Devine said. “I have always scheduled SoCon opponents since leaving the conference because I like the challenge they bring to our schedule.”
The Bucs were led by lone senior Megan Devine who recorded a 16-kill, 17-dig double-double on the night. Junior Meredith Hardy was a big force at the net-blocking seven shots and assisting in one block.
ETSU returns to the road in a grueling 13-game road swing lasting into October.
“We have to go on the road to face off against some teams that went to the NCAA tournament and even to the Sweet-16,” said coach Devine. “This way when we enter conference we are going to be strong and post season this will provide experience.”
The Bucs return home Oct. 11 against A-Sun rival Stetson.