JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Mercer sophomore Caroline Carlton turned in a career-high 15 kills as the volleyball team fell to East Tennessee State 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18) at Brooks Gymnasium on Tuesday evening.
Mercer's setback dropped the team to 7-11 (3-5 A-Sun) while ETSU's third win in its last four matches put the Buccaneers at 13-8 (4-3 A-Sun).
Carlton posted her 15 kills on 33 attempts with only four errors. Her .333 hitting percentage was bolstered by a phenomenal opening set that saw her tally four kills with no errors on seven swings. In that set, Mercer held an 8-5 lead before ETSU scored five consecutive points to take a lead they would not surrender.
Mercer evened the match score at 1-1 in the second set when senior Charlayna Braxton and Carlton hammered down back-to-back kills to break a 23-23 tie.
The third set was the most competitive, with 12 tie scores and seven lead changes. Once again, ETSU scored five-straight points to break away from a tie score and create the needed separation. In the fourth set, the hosts raced out to a 6-0 advantage and never looked back on the way to victory.
Junior Emily Rochefort notched her fourth-straight match with 20 kills or more, picking up 24 in the losing effort. Senior Monica Sanchez dished out 37 assists and booked seven digs.
Mercer concludes its four-match road stretch at Kennesaw State on October 13. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m.