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Pirates Drop Opener To Charlotte, 3-0

Freshman Shelby Beasley picked up 13 digs in her collegiate debut Friday
Freshman Shelby Beasley picked up 13 digs in her collegiate debut Friday

Aug. 27, 2010

Box Score

Charlotte 3, East Carolina 0

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - Junior Amanda Lutzow put down 10 kills for the East Carolina volleyball team Friday night but Charlotte took a 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-22) victory in the season opener for both teams at Minges Coliseum.

The match was the second of the East Carolina Classic as Cleveland State downed Liberty in an entertaining 3-2 affair earlier in the day.

Five of the Pirates' eight newcomers experienced action in the contest as freshman Shelby Beasley picked up a squad-best 13 digs in her collegiate debut while fellow rookie Andrea Queck recorded 20 assists. Additionally, junior transfer Jackie Varnum racked up a team-high two block assists.

The 49ers had four athletes record seven kills while Sheri Davis dished out 31 assists. She also turned in a double-double for Charlotte, adding 12 digs.

The 49ers took an early 3-1 lead on an attack error by Kelly Derby but a Lutzow kill made the score 4-3. A 9-4 run put Charlotte in the lead at 13-7 before the Pirates responded and outscored the 49ers 7-2 to pull within 15-14. Four-straight Charlotte points forced a timeout from the ECU sideline as the Pirates failed to recover, dropping the frame by eight.



The visitors established a 7-1 advantage to begin the second interval. However, East Carolina scored nine of the next 15 points and induced a 49er timeout with the score settled at 13-10. The Pirates could only muster five more scores as Charlotte ended the set with a 12-5 run.

ECU took its first lead of the match when freshman Whitney Campbell put down a kill to begin the third frame. The 49ers scored 11 times over the next 16 rallies to assume an 11-6 lead and draw a timeout from the home bench. Down 19-13 near the end of the interval, the Pirates fought back and made the score 20-18 on an attack error by Bianca Rouse. However, Charlotte called timeout and outscored East Carolina 5-4 the rest of the way to clinch the match.

The 49ers enjoyed a 37-29 advantage in kills while also committing just 13 errors to hit .258 for the match. The Pirates did not hit as well, racking up 28 errors for a .009 mark. Charlotte also had the upper hand in digs (39-38) and blocking (6.0-3.0).

ECU returns to the Minges hardwood tomorrow as it closes out the tournament with matches against the Vikings and Lady Flames at 1 and 7 p.m., respectively. Additionally, the 49ers and Liberty will battle at 11 a.m. while Cleveland State takes on Charlotte at 5 p.m.