Pirates Drop a Pair at Milwaukee Invitational

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Junior setter Kasey Kavanaugh

Sept. 1, 2012

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MILWAUKEE, Wisc. - The East Carolina volleyball team dropped a pair of contests to Bradley and Milwaukee Saturday to conclude the Milwaukee Invitational. The Pirates were swept by Bradley, 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-23), before losing in straight sets to the host Panthers, 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-21).

Junior outside hitter Hannah Allgood was the bright spot of the tournament for the Pirates as the Yadkinville, N.C., native notched her second double-double of the season against the Panthers in the second match of the day. Allgood tallied a team-high 11 kills and 13 digs to go with her nine kills and nine digs against the Braves in match one.

Despite dropping the first two sets, the Pirates (1-5) refused to back down in the third set as they forced the Braves into an attack error to take a 23-22 lead. However, the Bradley (5-1) squad would not go away quietly and it quickly tied the game at 23-all before finishing off the set and match with another two points to sweep ECU.

In the final match of the tournament, East Carolina jumped ahead in the second set as the Pirates led by as many as five points (8-3). Nevertheless, Milwaukee (4-3) did not back down and the Panthers went on a 7-0 run to take a 14-11 advantage. After that, the hosts never surrendered the lead despite ECU's relentless attempts as the Pirates fell just short (23-25). The third set was much of the same, as the Pirates stayed close on the Panther's heels, tying the set 10 times and exchanging leads five times. However, the match went to Milwaukee as it secured the victory with three consecutive points to seal the set and match.

Senior Kelly Derby was solid once again on offense with seven kills on 16 total attacks for a .312 hitting percentage versus Bradley. Zarah Cecich and Kasey Kavanaugh split setter duties in match one tallying 14 and 13 assists, respectively. Cecich was key in the second match as she turned in a 22-assist performance with four digs, three service aces and a block assist. Freshman outside hitter Torre Blake posted nine kills with a .350 hitting percentage and had four total blocks at the net.

The Pirates hope to snap their four-match losing skid when they compete in the Duke Invitational next weekend against Northeastern on Friday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m., host Duke on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m,. and take on Elon at 5 p.m.

All-Tournament Team
Emily Coon - SEMO
Rachel Neuberger - Milwaukee
Alise Tupuritis - Bradley
Lauren Zerante - Bradley
Ali Goosen - Western Michigan
Jessica Brown - Western Michigan
Tournament MVP - Lena Oliver - Western Michigan