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Pirates Fall in Straight Sets at Tulsa

Go Tigers! Junior middle hitter Virginia Fitch
Go Tigers!
Junior middle hitter Virginia Fitch
Go Tigers!

Sept. 23, 2012

Box Score

Box Score

TULSA, Okla. – Junior Shelby Beasley recorded a team-high 18 digs, but the East Carolina volleyball team could not overcome a .069 attack percentage and fell to Tulsa in straight sets, 0-3 (16-25, 14-25, 16-25) Sunday afternoon at the Reynolds Center.

Beasley and Hannah Allgood were the only two Pirates to reach double-figures as the pair notched 18 and 12 digs, respectively. Virginia Fitch recorded a match-high four total blocks, while Kelly Derby led the squad with a .312 attack percentage with six kills on 16 attempts and just one error. Nicole Willis led ECU in kills for the fifth-straight match as the junior outside hitter tallied eight in the contest and added nine digs. Zarah Cecich registered 21 assists and seven digs in the setback.

East Carolina (1-13, 0-3 C-USA) began the first set with a quick 2-0 lead on a Tulsa (10-7, 3-0 C-USA) attack error followed by a kill by Willis. The game was close in the early part of the set as the two teams traded points in a back-and-forth affair. It wasn’t until Tulsa’s Paige Panfil knocked down a kill to start a 4-0 run for the Gold Hurricane that things started to go south for the Pirates. After a pair of ECU timeouts, the Golden Hurricane led by five (18-13) and never looked back. The hosts cruised ahead to take a 25-16 win over the Pirates.



Tulsa seemed to take off right where it had left off as the Golden Hurricane took a 4-0 lead to kick off the frame and never trailed. The Pirates were limited to a .056 hitting percentage as Tulsa took game two, 25-14.

Despite staying within striking distance early in the third set, East Carolina was unable to secure the win as Tulsa broke a 6-6 tie on a kill from Nicole Newton and surged ahead to a 25-16 victory.

The Pirates will return home to Minges Coliseum for a Friday conference match versus Southern Miss on Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. Live stats and video will be available on www.ECUPirates.com.