Lady Buc dispatch Citadel, Lipscomb

By DALLAS COOK

STAR Staff

   JOHNSON CITY - Saturday afternoon at Brooks Gym the East Tennessee State Lady Buccaneers (10-1, 6-1) took wins over The Citadel Lady Bulldogs (4-7, 0-4) and the Lady Bisons of Lipscomb (1-11) to increase their winning streak to seven games.
   "It wasn't one of our better matches as far as focus wise goes," said East Tennessee State coach Deane Webb. "We let down in the second game but The Citadel really worked hard out there."
   After an impressive win Friday evening against the College of Charleston, the Buccaneers kept rolling as they took sets of 30-8, 33-31, 30-12 from The Citadel to collect their sixth Southern Conference win on the season.
   "Anytime you have a big win they're is an occasion that you get too high and then turn around and get a little too low," said Webb. "We were concerned a little bit, but we were able to have enough to pull it out."
   Leading the way for the Buccaneers Amber Ciskowski, Carey Cavanaugh and Natalie Atzinger all contributed to help prevail East Tennessee State to victory.
   "They're definitely the players we count on from match to match," Webb said of his players. "Carrie and Amber are both seniors for us and they've done a good job for a long period of time. Natalie is only a freshman and she is very smart out there and that makes us a much better team."
   In the game Ciskowski totaled nine kills along with four digs while Cavanaugh added 35 assist and Atzinger collected eight kills and three digs.
   "We've made a drastic change in our ball control from last year," said Ciskowski of the much improved Buc offense. "That's expected since we have been practicing it and it helps because everyone on this team plays together. We had a different lineup when we beat Furman but we still played together."
   The Bulldogs looked as if they were going to take the second set from the Buccaneers, but with some poise the Buccaneers held on to take the two point win 33-31 and denying the Bulldogs.
   "It was just a lack of mental focus," coach Webb said of the second set. "We took a few things for granted, we didn't pass as well as we normally do."
   "Our passing and ball control has really allowed us to be successful. That is something we've worked and focused on since the beginning of the year and it's something we continue to work on."
   In game two the Buccaneers faced off against the Bisons in non-conference play as they continued their dominance by defeating Lipscomb in sets of 30-18, 30-16 and 33-31.
   "We were very focused on our challenge today," said Cavanaugh. "I'm impressed with the way we've been working hard and the outcome that we have right now is not a shock."
   East Tennessee State was able to roll over the Bisons due to the play of Jessica Miller, Lissa Allen and Katie Steidle. All three added service aces as the Buccaneers took the first set in no time.
   Steidle, who collected four kills in the second set, helped her team take a 2-0 game lead as the Buccaneers rolled 30-16. The third set was a little closer, but the Buccaneers were able to hold on and send the Bisons home with a 33-31 match win to complete the doubleheader sweep.
   Karen Freeburg led the Buccaneers on the day with 23 kills, two aces and 12 digs while teammate Miller collected 44 assist, two kills and 14 digs.
   "We still need to get better offensively," Webb said. "We need to have more options and run a few more plays, but that's something we haven't worked on as much. We're going to focus on that, get it right and move on."
   The Buccaneers will be in action again as they play host to the Davidson Lady Wildcats on Oct. 5th, with gametime set for 7 p.m. at Brooks Gym.