Pirates Suffer Pair Of Sweeps
Aug. 28, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina volleyball team could not find the win column Saturday as Cleveland State and Liberty recorded 3-0 wins on the final day of the East Carolina Classic at Minges Coliseum. The Pirates are now 0-3 to start the 2010 campaign while the Vikings (3-0) earned tournament champion honors and the Lady Flames (2-1) were awarded second-place.
Redshirt Junior Britney Roper was named to the All-Tournament Team, as she hit .255 in East Carolina's three matches and recorded 19 kills to go along with four blocks.
In the first set against Cleveland State, ECU jumped out to a 5-3 lead on an attack error by Marie Frease. With the score later tied at eight, the teams matched each other for eight more rallies as the score settled at 12-12. The Vikings, after edging out to a 20-18 advantage, held off the Pirates the rest of the way, taking a 25-21 win.
East Carolina fought evenly with Cleveland State for a majority of the second frame, but with the score 14-13 in favor of the visitors, the Vikings scored 11 of the next 14 points to pull away and record a 25-16 victory.
A Roper kill tied things at four in the third interval, but a 9-5 run allowed Cleveland State to assume a 13-9 lead and drew a timeout from the Pirate sideline. The Vikings led by as much as 21-11 before ECU came up with one last push. An Amanda Lutzow kill cut the Pirate deficit to just five at 22-17. However, East Carolina scored just twice more as Cleveland State closed out the match, 25-19.
Lutzow and Roper both reached double-digit kills in the contest, recording 11 and 10 respectively. Lutzow also completed a double-double, adding 11 digs. Freshman Shelby Beasley tallied double figures in digs for the second-straight affair, picking up 11. Additionally, Jackie Varnum racked up a team-high four blocks.
The Pirates were outhit .301-.193 while the Vikings also enjoyed advantages in kills (54-31) and digs (58-41). ECU did, however, own the net as it outblocked Cleveland State 6.0-2.0.
Liberty asserted itself from the beginning of the evening tilt, racing out to 12-5 and 19-9 leads on its way to a 25-10 win. The Pirates answered with an 8-2 run to begin the second frame as redshirt sophomore Kelly Derby tallied two aces and the Flames committed three attack errors during the stretch. Liberty quickly righted itself, tying the score at nine and allowing East Carolina just six more points in the set to take a 25-15 victory. A pair of 9-3 runs by the Flames put the contest out of reach for the home team. An 18-6 lead was too much to overcome for the Pirates as Liberty cruised to the match-clinching 25-11 margin.
Freshman Whitney Campbell and Roper led the offense with four kills each while rookie Andrea Queck dished out 11 assists. Senior Marina-Gusman Brown paced the defense with six digs. Additionally, for the third consecutive match, Varnum led the squad with three blocks.
The Flames recorded 40 kills and committed just nine errors to post a .348 hitting percentage while ECU tallied just 15 kills while making 22 errors for a -.074 mark. Liberty also held the upper hand in digs (48-29) and blocks (8.0-5.0).
The Pirates return to action Friday, Sept. 3, traveling to Newark, Del., for the University of Delaware Invitational. East Carolina faces Rutgers at 4:30 p.m. to begin the tournament while matches against the host Blue Hens and Sam Houston State are scheduled for Saturday.