Katie Prast was named MVP of the East Carolina Classic
Aug. 30, 2008
GREENVILLE, N.C. -- For the East Carolina volleyball team, Saturday inside Minges Coliseum was just as successful as Friday night. The Pirates swept both Howard and High Point to become champions of the 2008 East Carolina Classic.
In the first match of the day, ECU squared off against Howard and played a close opening set, 25-22, before enjoying a more comfortable set two victory, 25-13. In the third set, the Pirates established an 18-11 lead, just to see the Bison storm back to within three points, 19-16. East Carolina pulled away in the end, winning the final set 25-21.
In the final match of the tournament, the Pirates earned identical 25-21 victories over the Panthers of High Point in the first two sets before taking the third by a 25-18 score. The Pirates never trailed by more than one point in the entire match.
Individually, the day belonged to junior outside hitter Katie Prast, as she established career-highs in kills with 12 against Howard, digs with 13 against High Point and blocks with four against the Bison. Prast also collected the first double-double of the year for the Pirates in the High Point match, as her 13 digs went along with 11 kills. For her efforts, she was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Other offensive standouts for the Pirates included sophomore Lizzy Bruin, 10 kills against High Point, redshirt sophomore Erica Banning, 11 kills against High Point and freshman Amanda Lutzow, eight kills against Howard.
Senior defensive specialist Trish Monroe was all over the floor against High Point, as she collected a season-high 20 digs. Blocking was also key for the Pirates, as they had nine total team blocks in both contests. Bruin established a career-high with seven blocks against High Point and Banning added five against Howard.
In the other matches at the Classic on Saturday, East Tennessee State defeated High Point 3-2 and East Tennessee State defeated Howard 3-0.
East Carolina returns to action on Thursday Sept. 4, when it travels to Durham to take on North Carolina Central. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
East Carolina Classic All-Tournament Team
Gazelle d'Artois, Howard University
Kristina Taylor, High Point University
Jen Neice, East Tennessee State University
Whitney Cogburn, East Tennessee State University
Erica Banning, East Carolina University
Amanda Lutzow, East Carolina University
Katie Prast, East Carolina University
Tournament MVP - Katie Prast