Freshman Erika Figueroa
DURHAM, N.C. – Hannah Allgood recorded her third double-double of the season, but the Pirates were unable to pull out a victory at the Duke Classic as they dropped a pair of matches to Duke, 3-0 (21-25, 15-25, 10-25), and Elon, 3-1 (16-25, 25-18, 21-25, 17-25), to conclude the tournament Saturday.
Allgood posted seven kills, 12 digs and two assists in the match against Duke (7-1) before coming back and pounding out a team-best 12 kills, 10 digs and four total blocks in the nightcap versus Elon (5-6). The 12 kills marked Allgood’s fourth double-digit kill performance of the year. Freshman Torre Blake contributed seven kills and a pair of digs at Duke, while junior Shelby Beasley and freshman Erika Figueroa led the defense with 14 and 10 digs, respectively.
Against Elon, East Carolina (1-8) was led by senior Kelly Derby’s nine total blocks, four kills and one dig. Junior Kasey Kavanaugh took over setter duties and tallied 24 assists on the evening, while Figueroa added another 13 digs to her total.
The Pirates broke an early tie in the first set at Duke on three straight kills by Whitney Campbell, Allgood and Cecich, followed by an attack error by the Blue Devils to take a 10-6 lead. Duke continued to chip away at ECU’s lead and eventually tied the set at 19, before the hosts claimed the first game, 25-21.
The momentum of the rally in the first set got Duke going as it surged ahead in sets two and three and cruised to a 25-15 win in game two before completing the sweep with a 25-10 victory in the third and final set.
East Carolina fought Elon tooth and nail and was able to collect its first set victory since August 25, when it took the second game 25-18. The Pirates quickly jumped out in front of the Phoenix and claimed a 5-1 advantage in set two after falling 25-16 in the first set. Although the Phoenix managed to tie the score at 9-9, and even take a two-point lead, the Pirates did not let it faze them. They battled back and evened the score at 16 before taking the lead for good and winning the game.
With the match tied at one set apiece, the Phoenix dominated early in the third game, taking a commanding 10-3 lead. Despite ECU’s efforts, it was unable to force a comeback and dropped the third set, 25-21.
The fourth set was similar to the third as Elon quickly commanded the game and posted a 25-17 set win and a 3-1 match victory over the Pirates.
East Carolina returns home to host its own tournament in the Pirate Invitational Thursday, Sept. 13 – Saturday, Sept. 15. The Pirates will host conference rival Marshall Sept. 13, at 5 p.m., before taking on UMBC Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., and closing the invitational against Costal Carolina Saturday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.