Kelly Derby led the Pirates with nine kills against Tulsa Sunday
Oct. 23, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Conference USA leader Tulsa hit .350 and posted 46 kills to pick up a 3-0 victory over East Carolina Sunday at Minges Coliseum. The Golden Hurricane (19-5, 10-1) has now won 30 of its last 31 league contests.
Reigning C-USA player of the year Tyler Henderson paced all players with 13 kills while Kelly Derby led ECU (2-18, 0-11) with nine. Defensively, Amanda Lutzow racked up 10 digs and Derby and Whitney Campbell recorded three block assists apiece.
Tulsa limited the Pirates to a .083 hitting mark as East Carolina put down 21 kills on 96 attempts with 13 errors. The Golden Hurricane also held the upper hand with 54 digs as compared the 41 for the home side. ECU did out-block its guest, however, enjoying a 5.0-4.0 advantage.
The Pirates established a 10-6 lead in the first set when Campbell recorded her second ace of the frame out of a Tulsa timeout. The Golden Hurricane would respond, scoring eight of the next nine points to push in front 14-11. A Lutzow service ace brought ECU back to within 16-15, but three-straight scores by the visitors forced East Carolina to call a timeout of its own. The Pirates came within two at 23-21 and 24-22, but Carly Boatwright ended the set with a kill.
Tulsa took control at the outset of the second interval, taking a 9-4 advantage on a Kellie Culbertson ace. ECU would get no closer than six the rest of the frame as the Golden Hurricane cruised to a 25-13 win and 2-0 match lead.
Any hope of a comeback was dashed early in the third set as Tulsa raced to a 7-2 cushion. A Derby kill made the score 9-5, but a 10-5 run aided the Golden Hurricane in building a 17-7 advantage. Tulsa was content to keep the Pirates at a distance, rolling to the match-clinching 25-13 victory.
East Carolina returns to Minges Coliseum Friday, Oct. 28 when it completes a home and home series with Tulane. First serve is set for 7 p.m.