Sophomore setter Zarah Cecich
Oct. 26, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Pirates’ volleyball team recorded a sideout percentage of 36 and could only muster 20 total kills as East Carolina fell in straight sets (7-25, 12-25, 20-25) to Conference foe UCF on Friday evening.
With the loss the Pirates drop to 1-21 on the year and 0-11 in conference action, while the Knights improve to 10-13 overall and 7-4 in the league.
Nicole Willis registered a team-high nine kills and added seven digs with a block assist, while Shelby Beasley tallied a team-best 15 digs on the night. Zarah Cecich posted 17 assists, three kills, one dig and hit .400 in the contest.
Despite tying the first set twice, the Pirates were unable to grab the lead as the Knights used a balanced offense that hit .360 in the game to cruise to a 25-7 victory.
The second set was much like the first. While ECU was able to even the score twice, the visitors could not overcome UCF’s .290 attack percentage and 13 team kills as the Knights took the second game, 25-12.
The third set proved to be more competitive and the Pirates took an early lead (4-1) on a kill by senior Kelly Derby, followed by an ace serve by the middle hitter. Derby would finish the match with four kills, two aces, a pair of digs and two block assists. Although UCF went ahead 6-5, on a kill off the hands of Evija Vilde, the Pirates would regain the lead on back-to-back kills by Willis and Hannah Allgood. Allgood concluded the match with eight digs, a pair of block assists and a kill. ECU held the lead half-way through the set until the Knights took advantage of a trio of Pirate miscues that would give the hosts a lead they would never relinquish. From there, UCF edged East Carolina, 25-20, to take the game and the match.
East Carolina will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., to go head-to-head with Southern Miss in a 2 p.m. conference match on Sunday, October 28.