Pirate Volleyball Downs William & Mary 3-1 in Season Opener
Aug. 25, 2006
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina volleyball team opened the 2006 season with a 3-1 win over William & Mary in the second match of the ECU Invitational, sponsored by City Hotel & Bistro. Junior outside hitter Kelley Wernert tallied a career-high 10 digs while adding 17 kills to record a double-double.
The Pirates came out strong, winning the first two games 30-25 and 30-17. William & Mary battled back to win the third game 30-25, but ECU was too much for the Tribe, as they won the fourth and final game 30-21.
Sophomore middle blocker Kim Jefferson and junior outside hitter Mignon Dubenion each equaled their career-highs in kills on the night, with 15 each. Freshman outside hitter Stephanie Turner tallied 10 kills in her first match as a Pirate. Sophomore libero Trish Monroe added 11 digs, while senior setter Heidi Krug added 55 assists.
Senior outside hitter Sarah Long led the Tribe with 17 kills, while freshman outside hitter Lindsay Pflugner added 16 and sophomore outside hitter Abbi Owens had 11. Owens and senior libero Kathleen Hawley each collected eight digs on the night. Sophomore setter Kim Mount recorded 46 assists.
East Carolina finished the match hitting .372 while William & Mary hit .158. The Tribe finished with nine blocks while ECU finished with seven.
"I really think we came out on fire offensively," head coach Chris Rushing said. "It was a great way to open the season. I was really pleased overall how we played as a team."
In the first match of the ECU Invitational, sponsored by City Hotel & Bistro, Virginia Tech defeated Furman 3-1. The Hokies took the first two games (30-21, 30-28) before falling 30-25 in the third game. Virginia Tech put the match away in the fourth game, winning 30-18.
Freshman outside hitter Taylor Parrish led the Hokies with 23 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Sarah Munoz added 10 kills and 15 digs for a double-double. Junior libero Amanda Cloyd recorded 18 digs on the night.
Furman was led by junior outside hitter Chibuzo Agucha who tallied 22 kills and seven digs. Sophomore outside hitter Alison West added 12 kills while freshman libero Stephanie Smith collected 15 digs. Senior libero Kim Tonkin also finished the night with double-digit digs, with 11.
The second day of the ECU Invitational sponsored by City Hotel & Bistro begins at 10 a.m. with Virginia Tech facing William & Mary. East Carolina takes the floor at 1 p.m., facing Furman. William & Mary will play Furman at 4 p.m., while East Carolina will face Virginia Tech in the final contest of the Invitational at 7 p.m.