Monroe's Defense Carries ECU To A 3-2 Win Over Coastal Carolina
Oct. 11, 2005
CONWAY, S.C.- Redshirt freshman libero Trish Monroe recorded a career-high 27 digs and senior outside hitter Pam Ferris tied a career-high with 23 kills as East Carolina edged out a 3-2 victory over Coastal Carolina Tuesday night inside Kimbel Arena. After Coastal Carolina won the first game, ECU won the next two before the Chanticleers forced a deciding fifth game. In the final game, ECU was able to take control, winning 15-12.
In addition to Ferris, Kelley Wernert and Erica Wilson also played well offensively for East Carolina (12-6). Wernert picked up 18 kills on 51 attack attempts while Wilson added 12 on 36 attempts. Middle blockers Kim Jefferson and Jaime Bevan also contributed with eight and seven kills respectively. Setter Heidi Krug finished with her third highest assist total of the season, tallying 64. Ferris reached the 20-kill, 10-dig mark for the fourth time this season, adding 12 digs to her 23 kills on the night. Johanna Bertini and Caitlin Daly also played well on defense with nine and eight digs respectively while Jefferson and Wernert each picked up three block assists to lead the defense at the net. Krug and Bevan combined for five of ECU's seven service aces.
Coastal Carolina (10-7) was led offensively by Katherine Jensen's 30 kills. Jensen, who recorded 75 attack attempts, committed just eight errors, finishing with a .293 attack percentage. Three other Chanticleers finished with double-digit kills including 12 kills from Krista Kimble and 11 kills from both Alicia Meyers and Laura Obert. Five CCU players finished with double-digit digs led by Jennifer Hampton's 18. Hampton finished with a double-double after directing the Chanticleers offense with 61 assists. Jensen picked up 10 digs and Meyers tallied 13 to give Coastal Carolina three double-double performers. Kimble was a force at the net for CCU, recording one solo block and nine block assists.
CCU won the first game 30-26 before ECU took a 2-1 lead after consecutive 30-28 wins in games two and three. Game four went to CCU with the Chanticleers winning 30-22 before the Pirates clinched the hard-fought match with a 15-12 victory in the fifth and final game. The Pirates won the match despite being out-hit .272-to-.197 on the match.
The Pirates have now won four straight matches and nine of their last 11 on the season.
ECU will hit the road this weekend to face Memphis on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. before traveling to Birmingham to take on UAB Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.