The Bucs avenged a loss by the same score at Furman earlier in the year, and the Paladins were the best team in the Southern Conference coming into Saturday’s match.
“We’re really starting to come together as a team now,” said ETSU head coach Lindsey Devine. “We played really well as a team this evening against a really disciplined team in Furman.”
The Bucs got off to a hot start in the first set, going up 11-3 early.
The Paladins responded though with a fierce run of their own to bring the score to 14-10 and then 16-14. The Bucs had a number of miscues that cost them some points early on.
The Bucs then went on a 9-4 run to close out the first set and win 25-18.
The second set was much of the same for ETSU as they won the second set 25-16. Leah Clayton was the difference maker in the second set as she had several hard hit kills that put away Furman early.
Coming out of the locker room, the Paladins finally had something for ETSU as they matched them almost point-for-point and had the set tied at eight early on.
A.J. Lux had something to say about that though as she had two key blocks that got the bench and the crowd at Brooks Gym fired up to stop the Furman charge. The Bucs eventually put away Furman after a late rally by the Paladins, 25-20.
The win improves ETSU to 13-10 overall and 9-3 in the SoCon. The win is also the seventh win out of the last eight games. The Bucs improved to 5-1 at home as well and handed Furman its first league loss of the year.
Rylee Milhorn had 14 kills to lead the Bucs. Lexie Libs had 20 assists and Marija Popovic had 28 digs.