Volleyball swept at ETSU, 3-0
Junior Kylie Jacob
Junior Kylie Jacob
The JU volleyball team couldn’t get over the hump in a 3-0 loss (20-25, 19-25, 23-25) to East Tennessee State in A-Sun action Friday night at Brooks Gym.

Bethany Gesell (12) and Megan Devine (10) each had double-digit kills to lead the Buccaneers (14-8, 5-3 A-Sun) offense. Meredith Hardy chipped in with nine kills and five blocks to help the cause.

“We couldn’t turn the corner tonight,” JU head coach Michelle Collier said. “We were in every set, but were not able to win one in the end. Our goal is to regroup and be better tomorrow when we hit the court at USC Upstate.”

Freshman Gabriela Roman posted a team-high 10 kills as the Dolphins (4-17, 2-6) finished with a .144 hitting percentage (38-23-104). Freshman Sammie Strausbaugh and junior Kylie Jacob each had eight kills and four blocks in the loss.

In the first set, a kill from senior Alison Loeppky capped a 5-1 run to give JU a 9-8 advantage. The Buccaneers pulled away with a 15-11 advantage on a Devine ace. After a Jacob kill, ETSU used a 7-3 stretch, capped on a JU error, to build a 23-15 lead. Three straight ETSU errors helped JU get to 24-20, but a Devine kill wrapped the set for the Buccaneers.

In the second set, the Buccaneers raced out to a 7-1 lead on consecutive Dolphin errors. The Dolphins kept it close until an Ivery Rice ace gave the Buccaneers an 18-12 lead. Gesell had two of the final three kills to give ETSU a 2-0 advantage.

In the final set, a Jacob kill gave the Dolphins an early 6-5 lead. The lead changed hands several times until two kills by Roman helped JU take a 15-13 advantage. Two ETSU errors extended the JU lead to 19-14. The Buccaneers took the next three points to force a Dolphins’ timeout. JU regrouped and built a 23-20 lead on a ball-handling error. The Buccaneers rallied to take the next five points to stun the Dolphins and secure the win.

The Dolphins will face USC Upstate tomorrow for an A-Sun match in Spartanburg, S.C. First serve is set for 7 p.m.