Oct. 8, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sophomore Torre Blake led the Pirates with 12 kills in East Carolina's 3-0 [27-25, 25-22, 25-19] sweep of Charleston Southern to give ECU its first nine-win season since 2009. The Pirates used a balance offense to control the match as they improved to 9-11 on the year, while the Buccaneers dropped to 5-14.
Along with her match-high 12 kills, Blake added three total blocks, two digs and a service ace while hitting .375 in the contest. Nicole Willis notched her 10th double-double of the season with 10 kills and 14 digs, while Kierra Lee-Dunson tied her career-best with nine kills and a .600 hitting percentage. Zarah Cecich paced the offense with 34 assists, while Shelby Beasley contributed 12 digs on defense.
"It was fun to bring ECU to a gym I've played in an awful lot throughout the years," Head coach Julie Torbett said. "I thought we got a really good performance from Kierra (Lee-Dunson) tonight. Zarah (Cecich) also had a good performance for us. I thought we controlled the match well. The scores were close, but we did manage to control the match. We missed some serves, but were able to get some aces to counter that. They started making mistakes which helped us out. It was just nice to get a win over fall break and start another winning streak before heading home for conference play."
The Pirates out-hit Charleston Southern in the first set .262 to .194 en route to a 27-25 win. The set was a close back and forth affair that featured 10 ties in the frame. East Carolina broke a 12-12 tie on a kill from Lee-Dunson which sparked a 5-1 run as the Pirates took a 17-13 lead. With ECU up by six (22-16), the Buccaneers went on a 7-1 run to even the score at 23-apiece. The two teams continued to fight each other until Ashley McRae broke a 25-25 tie with back-to-back kills to seal the
The second set was much of the same as the Pirates and Buccaneers matched each other point-for-point and battled through 12 ties and six lead changes. East Carolina managed to break the final tie as the Pirates closed out the set on a 3-0 run highlighted by kills from Willis and Lee-Dunson as ECU took the game by a score of 25-22.
East Carolina took an early 8-3 advantage in the third set, but Charleston Southern battled back and tied the game at 10-all. From that point on, the set remained close until a 4-0 run by ECU put the Pirates up 21-17. The run gave the Pirates the momentum they needed as they went on to win the set 25-19 en route to completing the sweep.
The Pirates return home to Minges Coliseum on Friday, October 11, when they play host to Conference USA newcomer LA Tech at 7 p.m. The contest marks ECU's first annual Dig Pink match.