YEAR IN REVIEW: 2013 ETBU Volleyball
YEAR IN REVIEW: 2013 ETBU Volleyball
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
By Erik Holth

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MARSHALL, Texas – A new school record for wins and a run to the American Southwest Conference tournament championship game marked a 2013 magical year for the East Texas Baptist University volleyball team.  With 32 wins and nine players named as All-ASC performers, head coach Lyndsay Mashe is looking forward to more success next season.

“Playing in the ASC tournament was such a great time,” Mashe said. “I think our team peaked at the right time.  They played incredibly well and I think we learned a tough lesson: going through the loser’s bracket is an extremely hard thing to do.  I loved the heart and soul that I saw from them on Saturday was incredible.  We are only losing one senior, and she is a big one, but we are excited about what we can do next year.”

ETBU had two eight-match winning streaks during the season and beat every team in the conference tournament.  In the ASC tournament, ETBU won in the first round, than lost to Mary Hardin-Baylor, falling into the loser’s bracket.  From there, they made a run all the way to the conference championship ‘what if’ game, where they lost to tournament champion Hardin-Simmons.

ETBU finished the season leading the conference in attack percentage (.254) and blocks (346).  They also finished second in the ASC in kills (1934) and blocks-per-set (2.3).  Additionally they were third in the conference in kills-per-set (12.3) and digs (2454).

Kolby Sharp, Adaeze Elonu, Mallory Sanders, Hannah Jones, Kayla Taylor, Melanie Moyer, Nicole Buzzard, Kassie Freitag and Madelynn Kinsel all earned ASC awards for their performance during the season. 

Sharp, who was a first-team all-ASC selection, an AVCA all-region first team selection and an AVCA honorable mention all-American, finished fifth in the NCAA and led the conference in hitting percentage (.393) and finished tied for third in blocks-per-set (1.03) and was the team leader in kills with 367 and second on the team in blocks with 157. 

Elonu, the other first team selection, was third in the conference in hitting percentage (.303) and second in blocks-per-set (1.08) and led the team in blocks, setting a new single-season school record with 166.

Sanders was the ASC’s freshman of the year and was also a second-team all-ASC selection after finishing ninth in the conference in kills-per-set (2.67) and second in aces-per-set (0.48).  She was second on the team in overall kills with 352, third on the team in digs with 303 and tied for fourth on the team in blocks (58).

 Jones was a third-team all-ASC selection and finished eighth in the ASC in digs-per-set (4.26) and was the teams overall digs leader with a total of 635. 

Taylor, also a third-team selection, finished seventh in the conference in assists-per-set (5.66), led the team in assists with 866 and finished second in digs with 339. 

Moyer was an all-ASC honorable mention selection after finishing fifth on the team in kills (228), fifth in aces (16) and fourth in digs (298). 

Buzzard was second on the team in assists (694) and fifth in digs (259) and also earned all-ASC honorable mention honors. 

Freitag, a first-team performer last year, was selected to the honorable mention team this year and finished third on the team in kills (349) and tied for fourth in blocks (58). 

Kinsel, the final all-ASC honorable mention selection finished the year with 204 kills and 89 blocks, which was third on the team.

When asked about how this season will help with next year, Mashe replied: “It gives us a confidence that we were sketchy about having this year.  We thought we had a good team, but didn’t really know it.  Now they have the confidence to know that we can beat anybody and that we can compete well in this conference.  They are ready to get to work in the offseason and very motivated for next season already.”

Listen to Coach Mashe's Podcast about the ASC Tournament


NOTES from 2013

32 Program Wins – New Record
This season proved to be one of the best seasons, ever, in the history of the program as ETBU won a record 32 matches.  They defeated Schreiner University, 3-0, on November 2nd for the 27th win to break the record.  ETBU went on to win five more matches winning five of their next six matches for 32 wins.  In 2013, they also recorded 17 sweeps in 32 wins.  The old record of 26 was set in 2003, a team that head coach Lyndsay Mashe played on.  

ASC Tournament
The 2013 American Southwest Conference tournament ended up being a very exciting one for ETBU.  ETBU, who was the #3 seed overall, set three new ASC records in the tournament, defeated all five teams in the tournament, and played for the championship.  ETBU is the first team to defeat the winner’s bracket team and force the elimination match playing three matches in one day.  ETBU fell to Hardin-Simmons, 3-1, but had the Cowgirls on the edges of elimination in set four.  ETBU was up 24-21 in set four but ran out of steam as Hardin-Simmons scored the next five points for the 26-24 match win.  

ETBU opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Concordia-Texas before falling to #2 seed Mary Hardin-Baylor, 3-1.  On Friday, ETBU bounced back with a 3-0 victory over Texas-Tyler and then eliminated #1 seed and host Texas-Dallas, 3-1.  Saturday brought three matches as ETBU took a 3-1 win over Mary Hardin-Baylor and then upset Hardin-Simmons, 3-1, before falling in the elimination match.

Mallory Sanders and Kolby Sharp were named to the all-tournament team and ETBU broke tournament records for matches played (7), sets played (27), and wins (5).  They also tied the ASC record for wins in a season at 32.

AVCA All-American
Kolby Sharp became program’s first-ever All-American when she was named to the AVCA honorable mention team.  She received the award after being voted onto the AVCA All-Region first team as a sophomore.  For the season, she finished fifth in hitting percentage in the NCAA and led the ASC.  This was her seventh award this year as she started the being voted the ASC’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.  Her awards are below:

AVCA All-American honorable mention
ASC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
All-ASC First-Team
ASC All-Tournament
AVCA All-Region First-Team
ASC Offensive Player of the Week
 (Sept. 10, Sept. 17)

ASC Awards
Being one of the top ASC teams in 2013, ETBU had nine players awarded post-season awards.  For the second year in a row, ETBU had the ASC Freshman of the Year in Mallory Sanders.  Kolby Sharp and Adaeze Elonu were named to the first-team as it was the second year in a row for Sharp to be on the first-team.  Sanders made the second-team after being named the freshman of the year and then Hannah Jones and Kayla Taylor were on the third team.  Melanie Moyer, Nicole Buzzard, Kassie Freitag, and Madelynn Kinsel all were named honorable mention.  It was the first award for freshmen Sanders, Buzzard, and Kinsel.  

Freshman of the Year: Mallory Sanders
First-Team: Kolby Sharp, Adaeze Elonu
Second-Team: Mallory Sanders
Third-Team: Hannah Jones, Kayla Taylor
Honorable Mention: Melanie Moyer, Nicole Buzzard,
    Kassie Freitag, Madelynn Kinsel
All-Academic: Kassie Freitag, Hannah Jones,
    Melanie Moyer, Kolby Sharp, Kayla Taylor
Players of the Week: Kolby Sharp (Sept. 10,
   Sept. 17), Hannah Jones (Oct. 8)

Single Season Record/Top 5
In just her second year on the team, junior Adaeze Elonu broke the single season record for blocks with 166.  The old record of 135 was set in 1999 by Amy Carlson.  Kolby Sharp also broke the record but came in second this year with 157 blocks behind Elonu.  

Freshman Mallory Sanders made the 50-ace club with 64 aces for third place.  She just slipped past Allison Castillo’s 60 from 2001 and was 12 away from Arden Tunnell’s 76 from 2002.  

Hannah Jones finished the season with 635 digs to become a member of the 500 dig club.  Her 635 digs is fifth best in a season and is just 115 less than the single season record of 750 set by Jill Boyd in 2007.

Career Top 10
Several players have moved up on the top 10 list this past season with blocks record in contention to be broken in 2014.  Adaeze Elonu has 271 career blocks which is third all-time.  The record is held by Casey Hugman (2001-04) with 365.  Kolby Sharp is fifth all-time with 260 blocks and is contention of also breaking the record.

When it comes to career kills, three players are currently in the top 10.  Kassie Freitag, Ashley Lindsey, and Kolby Sharp.  Kassie is eighth with 741 followed by Lindsey in ninth with 676 and Sharp in 10th at 657.  The career record is 2,015 set by Arden Tunnell set from 2002-05.

Hannah Jones and Melanie Moyer are in the top 10 for digs.  Jones has 1,067 digs for sixth place and has a chance to move up to second place in 2014 as Robin Cook has 1,524 digs.  Moyer is in eighth place with 1,037.

Two players have made their name in assists in Kayla Taylor and Nicole Buzzard.  Taylor, who has played for three years as a setter, has 2,281 assists for third place.  She will most likely finish third all-time as Allison Castillo has 4,356 assists in second place.  Buzzard, a freshman, finished with 694 kills.

Winning Streaks
ETBU reeled off two eight-match winning streaks in 2013.  After starting the season off 1-3, ETBU won eight straight going undefeated at the UT-Tyler Tournament (Sept. 6-7) and the Rhodes College Tournament (Sept. 13-14).  Of those eight matches, four of them were swept, 3-0.    The second eight-match winning streak came from September 24 through October 5th.  It started with a 3-0 win over Centenary and then three more wins at the ASC Pod in Longview, Texas, over Mississippi College, LeTourneau University, and Texas-Tyler.  They then traveled to Shreveport, La., for their second win over Centenary in a week followed by going undefeated in Ornelas Gym.  Hosting the ASC Pod, ETBU swept Sul Ross State and Concordia-Texas and then gave Mary Hardin-Baylor their first ASC loss of the year, 3-2, to end the winning streak.  

Double Doubles
Five different players recorded double-doubles this year for ETBU.  Kayla Taylor lead the way with 12 double-doubles followed by Melanie Moyer who had 10.  Mallory Sanders added nine double-doubles and Nicole Buzzard had seven.  Kassie Freitag added two double-doubles