SPARTANBURG, SC-The 2018 ETSU volleyball team is the Southern Conference regular season champion after sweeping the Wofford Terriers (25-23, 25-16, 25-23) on Saturday afternoon inside the Jerry Richardson Stadium.
“Back in August, the team set three goals for our season,” said head coach Lindsey Devine.“Today we were able to accomplish one of those goals. I’m proud of this team for today’s determination, the season long grit and the individual growth.”
This is ETSU’s second SoCon regular season title within the last three years and the 14ththree set victory of the season. With the win the Buccaneers secured the No. 1 seed in the upcoming SoCon tournament and improves their overall record to 24-5 and 13-1 in SoCon play.
“This is our second time winning first in conference,” shared senior captain Alyssa Kvarta. “It’s a really great feeling because we’ve worked really really hard this year, especially in preseason. We didn’t take our preseason games lightly. We went in and we played as hard as we could against some of those big teams. We were focused and we came out on top and it was really exciting. We’re going to finish those last two games at home, hoping to maintain that record. We’re going to stay level headed and go into the conference tournament with a good mindset. We’re going to work really hard to maintain that title like last year.
Fellow senior captain AJ Lux was also just as thrilled, as the senior class has now won two regular season titles.
“It’s exciting, but also very humbling,” Lux said. “We work very hard day in and day out. We deserve this. We’re not complacent and we want to beat every team in three sets no matter what. We hold ourselves to a high standard at all times. It’s a really good feeling and never gets old, but we’re not done yet”
Courtesy: East Tennessee State Athletics