Pirates Fall To Miners In Three
Oct. 2, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina had late leads in the first two sets Sunday but could not finish, allowing UTEP to capture a 3-0 victory (25-23, 25-23, 25-14) Sunday at Minges Coliseum. The Pirates drop to 2-12 overall and 0-5 in Conference USA play while the Miners improve to 13-5 and 3-2.
Sophomores Hannah Allgood and Whitney Campbell paced ECU offensively, recording nine kills each - a career high for Allgood. Campbell nearly posted her first career double-double, adding a personal-best 11 digs. Allgood ended the match as the team's top scorer as she also tallied a service ace and five total blocks for 13.0 points. Defensively, sophomore Shelby Beasley racked up 19 digs to push her season average over four per set (4.06).
A strong effort in the third frame propelled UTEP to statistical advantages in hitting percentage (.195-.060), kills (41-30), assists (38-26), digs (52-47) and total blocks (12.0-10.5). The Miners also sided out at a 58-percent clip while limiting the Pirates to 47 percent.
UTEP looked in control from the start of set one, establishing a 7-2 cushion when Kelly Derby committed an attack error. However, it was a Derby kill which capped a 12-8 East Carolina run which made the score 15-14.
The Pirates were forced to call a timeout trailing 19-16 after Jeane Horton put down a kill, but responded by scoring four of the next five points to forge a deadlock at 20. The Miners dug down for the final eight rallies, eventually taking the frame on an Amanda Lutzow attack error.
The visitors grabbed another early advantage in the second interval, pushing in front 9-5 off a Horton kill. However, ECU responded once more, going on a 5-0 run capped off a Britney Roper kill to earn its first lead of the set. The teams traded points for the majority of the frame, until an Allgood kill made the score 20-18 in favor of the Pirates. Allgood put East Carolina ahead 23-22 with another kill, but UTEP was able to net the final three points and secure a 2-0 set lead.
With a 10-7 advantage in their possession in the third frame, the Miners used a 3-1 run to build a 13-8 lead and draw an ECU timeout. After Horton gave UTEP an 18-11 margin to work with, the Miners allowed the Pirates just three points more to complete the sweep.
East Carolina returns to the court Saturday, Oct. 8, welcoming Houston to Minges Coliseum for a league contest. First serve between the Pirates and Cougars is set for 2:00 p.m.