Aug 31, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -Shelby Beasley dished out 12 digs and Nicole Willis knocked down a match-high 12 kills in East Carolina's 3-0 (11-25, 21-25, 14-25) loss to East Tennessee State to close out the Wake Forest Deacon Invitational Saturday afternoon.
Beasley, who paced the defense with her 12 digs, was named to the All-Tournament team as she turned in a consistent performance all weekend. In addition to her 12 kills, Willis added eight digs and three block assists for ECU (0-3), while freshman Bella Borgiotti led the Pirates with 18 assists, five digs and one block assist. Whitney Campbell and Torre Blake contributed to the offense as the duo added five and four kills, respectively.
"We have a lot of work to do to get where we need to be," Head coach Julie Torbett said. "I knew that coming in and I am committed to it with these girls. We've only had a short time to incorporate a new style. We will take some lumps early to find the right combination on the floor."
East Tennessee State (1-2) started out the match on an offensive surge as the Buccaneers hit .320 in the first set and forced the Pirates into six attack errors. Despite two early ties in the game, East Tennessee State rolled past ECU by a score of 25-11.
The Pirates, still looking for their first set victory of the season, came out in the second game and took a quick 5-0 lead on kills by Willis and Blake along with a few miscues on East Tennessee State's part. The Buccaneers fought back and took a 9-5 advantage, but the Pirates would not back down as they rallied to even the score at 12-all. With the score knotted at 13, the Buccaneers managed to go on a 5-0 run which gave them an 18-13 lead they would not relinquish. Despite the Pirates efforts, East Tennessee State went on to take game two, 25-21.
After the intermission, the Buccaneers came out swinging as they took an early 5-1 lead. East Tennessee State never trailed in the third set and although the Pirates fought hard to come back, the Buccaneers claimed the third and final set, 25-14.
ECU will look to bounce back Friday, September 6 at 7 p.m., when it plays host to The Citadel at the East Carolina Classic at Minges Coliseum. The four-team tournament will also feature Loyola Chicago and Morgan State.