Lauren Robeck earned a career-best 16 kills, hitting at a .538 average, led UNCG with four block assists, a block solo and earned six digs in the four-set victory
Lauren Robeck earned a career-best 16 kills, hitting at a .538 average, led UNCG with four block assists, a block solo and earned six digs in the four-set victory
Courtesy: Photo Courtesy of Tim Cowie

Volleyball Wins Its Sixth in a Row, Defeating SoCon-Leading ETSU in Four Sets

UNCGSpartans.com 10-29-2016

GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG volleyball earned a four-set victory (17-25, 25-18, 25-17, 25-23) over the ETSU Buccaneers on Saturday evening inside Fleming Gymnasium. UNCG improves to 14-10 overall, and 8-3 in the Southern Conference.  ETSU falls to 17-7, and 9-3 in the SoCon.  ETSU entered the match with the top record in the SoCon with two weeks remaining in the regular season.  The Spartans snapped ETSU’s eight-match winning streak, and have won eight of their last nine matches, including six-in-a-row.

Jasmine Jones (Stafford, Va./Brook Point) led the Spartans with 17 kills.  Jones also added a block solo and a block assist in the match.  Lauren Robeck (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) added a career-best 16 kills.  The pair hit at .517 and .538 averages, respectively. Robeck also handed out four block assists, and a block solo to go with six digs. 

Ashley Muench (Hurdle Mills, N.C./Orange) connected for 16 kills, while leading the team with 21 digs. Alexis Mourier (Elkview, W.Va./George Washington) connected for 10 kills, including the match winner. 

Allison Penner (Aurora, Neb./Aurora) led all competitors with 55 assists, and chipped in 16 digs. 

The Spartan defense came to play, as five players earned double-digit digs.  Along with Muench and Penner, Christina Gregory (Louisville, Ky./Sacred Heart Academy) earned 19 digs, Ronni Katarzynski (Winfield, Ill./West Chicago) added 15, with Anna Romaniszyn (Port Orange, Fla./Spruce Creek) finishing with 12.

The first set proved to be the lone blemish for UNCG on the night. ETSU raced out to a four-point lead early.  The Bucs maintained that lead until the Spartans cut it to 12-10, before ETSU scored five-straight.  UNCG used a small four-point run, aided by kills from Robeck, and two ETSU attack errors to cut the lead to 20-17 before ETSU closed the set scoring five-straight points. 

UNCG came out firing in the second set, earning a 12-5 lead before ETSU could slow the attack.  The Spartans maintained a 7-9 point cushion throughout the match before the Bucs could come within five at 22-17.  UNCG then scored three of the last four points to even the match at one set each.  UNCG hit at a .390 average during the set, committing just two attack errors.

The third set was all UNCG again, as ETSU led just twice during the set, and never after leading 4-3.  UNCG used four-straight points to take the 7-4 lead, and stretched the lead out to as many as ten at 21-11 before ETSU was able to get something going.  UNCG and ETSU went point-for-point down the stretch, as a pair of kills from Muench closed it out. The Spartans hit at a .311 average throughout the third set.

The final set was back-and-forth, with neither team leading by more than five points.  ETSU earned their largest lead of the set at 11-9, before the Spartans used a 4-1 run to take the lead at 13-12.  After back-to-back kills from Muench extended the Spartan lead to 19-15, UNCG earned its largest lead at 22-17 following kills form Robeck, Penner and Mourier.  ETSU climbed back into the set, cutting the lead to 24-23 before a kill from Mourier gave the Spartans the set, and the match.

UNCG returns to action next Friday Nov. 4th as it hosts The Citadel at 7:00 p.m.  The match will be broadcasted on ESPN3. 

-UNCG-

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