East Tennessee State has released its women’s basketball schedule, and coach Karen Kemp admits it was tailored to a fairly young team.
The Lady Bucs play non-conference games at North Carolina, LSU, Iowa State and Chattanooga. Memphis and Appalachian State would be the most attractive non-conference home dates.
“It’s definitely not as challenging a schedule as we normally have, but it’s still challenging,” Kemp said Wednesday. “We’re still young – only three freshmen but a really big sophomore class and two transfers that haven’t competed with us yet. So I think it gives us a better opportunity to be competitive in non-conference games. I think having Memphis come in will be good. That’s a name everyone knows.”
The Memphis game is set for Nov. 30 – sandwiched between road games at High Point and Chattanooga, and Morehead State and LSU.
The latter is a return trip from last season, when the Lady Tigers visited the Dome and escaped with a 71-68 overtime victory.
“We were really pleased with our performance against an SEC team, one that made the (NCAA) tournament,” said Kemp. “We know it will be a little different playing down at their place.”
The Lady Bucs finished 8-22 overall after losing their first 10 games. They were 7-11 in the Atlantic Sun Conference and then beaten by top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast in the quarterfinals.
The Lady Eagles have become the dominant team in the league. They will play in Johnson City on Jan. 12.
A-Sun newcomer Northern Kentucky is also on the schedule twice; it visits the Dome on Feb. 4.
The Lady Bucs’ season opens at High Point on Nov. 10. There will be two exhibition games the previous week – Carson-Newman on Nov. 3 and Young Harris on Nov. 5.
There’s still no official word on whether Hunter Harris has been cleared academically for the upcoming basketball season at ETSU.
The junior-college signee from Nashville has completed his summer work at Volunteer State Community College and will reportedly be on campus this weekend. Sources say he could be cleared to play for the upcoming season any day now.
Harris, a 6-7, 220-pound forward, averaged 22 points and 13 rebounds last season for Volunteer State.
The women’s soccer team has gotten off to a good start on its season, with road victories last week at Tennessee Tech and North Carolina-Asheville.
Sarah Zadrazil, a freshman from Austria, scored the season’s first goal and then assisted on another by sophomore Kristi Davis in a 2-0 shutout in Cookeville.
In Asheville, senior Morgan Thomas scored a golden goal in double overtime to give the Lady Bucs a 2-1 victory. Ramey Kerns had scored the game’s first goal just 14 seconds into the second half.
Freshman goalkeeper Sierra Campbell was named A-Sun defensive player of the week on Monday. The freshman from Thomson’s Station, outside Nashville, had 16 saves in the two games. Fourteen came on 26 Asheville shots.
The men’s soccer team opens its season Friday night at Appalachian State. Match time is 7 o’clock.
The Bucs bounced back from a 2-1 exhibition loss to Milligan to shut out College of Charleston 2-0 in their final tuneup. Senior Theo Yang and redshirt freshman Emmanuel Wilson scored the ETSU goals.
The volleyball season gets started with a flourish when the Bucs travel to Columbia, S.C., for the Gamecock Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
They’ll open with a morning match against Asheville, and will play Temple later in the day. On Saturday, the Bucs face Akron and South Carolina.
The team will also play in tournaments at Clemson and Alabama the next two weeks.