KNOXVILLE — The East Tennessee State volleyball team accomplished something Saturday that none of its members had ever seen before.
They couldn’t have; they weren’t alive the last time it happened.
The Lady Bucs defeated Tennessee 31-29, 25-21, 21-25, 27-25 at Thompson-Boling Arena, ending a 19-match losing streak against the Lady Vols.
The last time ETSU beat Tennessee in volleyball was on Nov. 10, 1978. Only Lady Bucs coach Lindsey Devine was around when that happened.
Devine achieved some personal history Saturday as well. The victory was the 171st of her career, tying her with Kelly Andrews for the most wins in program history.
Two Lady Bucs posted double-doubles: Megan Devine finished with a career-high 27 kills and 16 digs and Ivey Rice had 17 kills and 18 digs. Jamie Rutledge directed the offense, accounting for 62 assists and eight digs, and libero Katie Muey added a match-high 20 kills to go with six assists.
ETSU set season highs in digs (77) and assists (69).
“We keep preaching to the team, if they battle and compete at the highest level then good results will happen. This is exactly what took place today,” Lindsey Devine said. “I am proud for what they did for ETSU and the team believed they could win this match. Over the past couple years, we have been on the cusp of defeating a team like Tennessee, and today the team played with a competitive attitude and had fun on the court.”