Junior defensive specialist/libero Shelby Beasley
Sept. 30, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Kasey Kavanaugh tallied 18 assists which propelled her into the East Carolina career records, but the Pirates were unable to pull out a victory as they were swept by Conference rival UCF (15-25, 16-25, 11-25) Sunday afternoon at Minges Coliseum.
Kavanaugh's 18 assists gave her 1,182 for her career and puts her in 10th place in the ECU annals. In addition, Kavanaugh recorded seven digs, and hit .250 in the contest. Two days after recording 34 digs to set a new Pirate single-game record, junior libero Shelby Beasley led the squad in digs once again with 21. Nicole Willis notched a team-high eight kills, with seven digs, and a pair of blocks, while senior Kelly Derby registered seven kills, two blocks and a pair of digs. Junior Whitney Campbell was solid for the Pirates as she chipped in seven kills, four digs and had a solo block. Virginia Fitch hit a team-best .600 in the match after recording three kills on five attempts without committing an error. The junior middle hitter also added a solo block in the decision.
The Pirates struggled and hit just .041 in the match, however, East Carolina (1-15, 0-4 C-USA) refused to quit and managed to record nine kills in the first set. UCF (5-11, 2-2 C-USA) hit .233 in the first game and owned a 60 percent sideout margin to earn the win, 25-15.
Despite the loss, ECU knocked down 11 kills in the second set and hit .116 to force three ties and a pair of lead changes. Although the Pirates fought hard, they were unable to overcome the Knights' .326 attack percentage and dropped the second set, 25-16.
East Carolina will continue conference action Friday, Oct. 5, when it travels to Huntington, W.Va., to take on Marshall at 6 p.m. The Pirates and the Thundering Herd faced off earlier this season and the Herd came away with a 3-1 win over the Pirates in Minges Coliseum.