Spartans swept at Buccaneer Classic
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – UNCG dropped a 3-1 decision to host East Tennessee State earlier in the afternoon before falling to Austin Peay, 3-0, in the final match of the day at the Buccaneer Classic on Saturday afternoon.
Alissa Beaudway was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts over the weekend.
The Spartans fell to 8-3 on the season, while Austin Peay improved to 9-1 and ESTU to 5-4 this year.
"This just wasn't a great tournament for us this weekend," said coach Patrick Nicholas. "We made too many unforced errors today. When you are playing quality opponents you can't make that many errors and expect to have a chance to win. Now, we have some work to over these next few days to figure out how to improve as a team."
In the first match, Billi Baker led UNCG offensively as she had a team-high 10 kills. Olivia Humphries and Ariel Newman had six kills each as well for the Spartans. Ari Lysacek and Kellie Orewiler each added a team-high 11 digs.
The Bucs were led by four players with double-digit kills, including Megan Devine who posted a match-high 14. Whitney Cogburn added 49 assists and Kiley Tamblyn had a match-high 24 digs.
Things started off well for UNCG as it led for most of the first set, but found itself trailing 20-18 in the later part of the set. UNCG would then take a timeout before taking seven of the final eight points to claim the first set, 25-21.
The Bucs took early control of the second set as they led 12-7, but the Spartans rallied behind a trio of blocks to tie the set at 12. The teams went on to keep trading points as they found themselves tied at 23. UNCG then had set point after a kill by Beaudway before ETSU took the final three points to win the set, 26-24.
Coming out of the break, the two teams kept things close as they were tied at nine early. The Bucs went on to win the next seven-straight points to take a commanding 16-9 lead en route to winning the set, 25-17.
The Spartans were once again done in by an ETSU run in the fourth and final set. UNCG trailed just 14-13 midway through the set before the Bucs went on a 6-1 run to take an insurmountable 20-14 lead. A kill by McKayla Barber gave ETSU the set, 25-18.
Against Austin Peay, Baker and Humphries paced the Spartans offensively with six kills each. Baker also had a team-high 10 digs.
Ilyanna Hernandez had a match-high 11 kills to lead the Lady Governors and Nikki Doyle added nine kills. Paige Economos also had a match-high 17 digs.
The Lady Governors took control of the match from the opening set as UNCG never led in the set. Austin Peay led by as many as five in the set at 15-10, but the Spartans tried to rally late as they pulled within 20-18. UNCG couldn't get any closer though as they dropped the set, 25-21.
Austin Peay used had just a one-point lead in the second set before scoring eight-straight points to take an 18-9 lead. The Spartans just weren't able to recover as they lost the set, 25-19.
The Lady Governors continued to put the pressure of the Spartans as they took a commanding 18-4 lead to start the third set as they went on to take the set, 25-9.
The Spartans will return for their home opener this week as they host cross-town rival North Carolina A&T on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Fleming Gymnasium.
ETSU def. UNCG 21-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-18
ETSU (5-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - DEVINE, Megan 14-2-4; LONG, Alysa 12-0-5; STANCLIFF, Jamie 11-0-6; RYAN, Erin 10-0-1; COGBURN, Whitney 8-2-2; BARBER, McKayla 8-0-4; KREMER, Summer 1-0-0; Totals 64-4-12.0. (Assists) - COGBURN, Whitney 49. (Dig leaders) - TAMBLYN, Kiley 24; RYAN, Erin 13; DEVINE, Megan 9
UNCG (8-2) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Billi Baker 10-0-1; Olivia Humphries 6-0-2; Ariel Newman 6-1-0; Karrian Chambers 5-1-0; Caley Redden 4-0-2; Kayren Finney 3-0-3; Alissa Beaudway 3-0-1; Karen Stedman 1-0-0; Kimiko Naito 1-0-0; Kellie Orewiler 1-0-0; Savannah Tomlinson 1-0-0; Ari Lysacek 1-2-0; Totals 42-4-6.0. (Assists) - Ari Lysacek 17. (Dig leaders) - Ari Lysacek 11; Kellie Orewiler 11
Site: Johnson City, Tenn. (Brooks Gym)
Date: Sep 11, 2010 Attend: Time: 1:54
Referees: Keith Weller, Stephen Shepherd
Austin Peay def. UNCG 25-21, 25-19, 25-9
UNCG (8-3) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Olivia Humphries 6-0-2; Billi Baker 6-1-2; Karrian Chambers 5-0-0; Caley Redden 4-0-0; Alissa Beaudway 3-0-2; Samantha Deutchman 3-0-0; Karen Stedman 1-0-0; Ari Lysacek 0-0-1; Totals 28-1-4.0. (Assists) - Kimiko Naito 12. (Dig leaders) - Billi Baker 10; Caley Redden 8; Karrian Chambers 8
Austin Peay (9-1) (Kills-aces-blocks) - HERNANDEZ, Ilyanna 11-1-2; DOYLE, Nikki 9-2-1; MOLLMAN, Jessica 8-0-2; SKINNER, Taylor 7-1-3; GRANTHAM, Kayla 6-0-3; ALISALEH, Sarah 1-4-0; Totals 42-8-6.0. (Assists) - ALISALEH, Sarah 37. (Dig leaders) - ECONOMOS, Paige 17; ALISALEH, Sarah 11; GRANTHAM, Kayla 8
Site: Johnson City, Tenn. (Brooks Gym)
Date: Sep 11, 2010 Attend: Time: 1:10
Referees: Stephen Shepherd, BJ Willard
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