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Hardy breaks A-Sun block record

Bucs earn a tournament berth with a victory over Kennesaw State

Milligan College, Tenn. -

The ETSU volleyball team is taking over the Atlantic Sun record book.

Two weeks after senior Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) broke the all-time kills mark, junior Meredith Hardy (Kingsport, Tenn.) set the A-Sun blocks record as ETSU swept its way past Kennesaw State  (25-18, 25-23, 25-19) to earn a spot in the conference tournament on Tuesday night inside Brooks Gym.

Hardy entered the match needing only two blocks to surpass Campbell’s Rachel Templin for the record, and the Buccaneer middle blocker broke the mark midway through the opening set. On the night, Hardy ended with nine kills and eight blocks, moving her career total to 429 in 89 career matches played. Hardy has now registered a block in 86 consecutive matches.

As Hardy was rewriting the history book, Devine registered her sixth straight double-double (15th of the year) after tallying 12 kills and 10 blocks, while junior Ivey Rice (Johnson City, Tenn.) hit a team-high .364 (11-3-22). Fellow junior Jamie Rutledge (Kingsport, Tenn.) directed the offensive attack by posting 35 assists and seven blocks, and Katie Muey (Alexandria, Ind.) recorded 10 digs, marking the 21st time this season the junior libero finished with double-digit digs.

With the victory, ETSU (17-7, 11-1 A-Sun) has now won 12 straight home matches, while the Blue and Gold have also swept five of their six opponents inside Brooks Gym this season. Kennesaw State had its two-match win streak snapped and dropped to 10-13, 5-8 on the campaign.

Courtesy: Milligan
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