Junior middle hitter Virginia Fitch
Sept. 23, 2012
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.
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.