Sophomore Whitney Campbell posted a team-high 10 kills against Houston Sunday.
Oct. 9, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina capped its four-match homestand by dropping a 3-0 decision to Houston Sunday at Minges Coliseum. The Pirates fall to 2-14 overall and 0-7 in Conference USA play while the Cougars rise to 12-5 and 5-2.
Whitney Campbell produced her second-straight double-digit kill effort, recording 10. Defensively, Amanda Lutzow reached double figures with 10 digs while Kelly Derby and Britney Roper posted four blocks each.
Houston ran an effective offense for the second-straight day, racking up 47 kills as compared to 25 for ECU. The Cougars also held the upper hand in hitting percentage (.274-.114), digs (56-36) and service aces (6-1). However, the Pirates out-blocked the visitors by one (6.0-5.0).
At the outset of the match, Houston raced to a 5-1 lead before East Carolina pulled within 7-5 on a Kadi Kullerkann attack error. The Cougars established some breathing room from there, going on a 7-3 run to push in front 14-8 and draw an ECU timeout. Houston would cruise from there, taking leads of 19-11 and 24-13 before closing out the frame 25-15.
The second interval was nip and tuck most of the way. A Campbell kill gave the Pirates a 10-7 lead, which they stretched to 15-11 when Hannah Allgood posted an ace. The Cougars responded with a 7-4 run which put them down only one at 19-18. East Carolina was the first to 20 points when Campbell scored again, but Houston captured two-straight rallies to knot the score. The Cougars completed the comeback, running away by netting five of the final six rallies to head into intermission up two sets to none.
A Kullermann kill gave Houston a 10-5 advantage in the third set and that would be all the Cougars needed to hold off the Pirates and ease their way to a 25-12 match-clinching win.
ECU heads back on the road for its next contest, traveling to Hattiesburg, Miss. for a league match with Southern Miss. First serve between the Pirates and Golden Eagles is set for 8 p.m. at Reed Green Coliseum.