Tulane Outlasts East Carolina, 3-2
Oct. 28, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina won the first two sets for the first time this season Friday, but ultimately fell victim to a Tulane rally as the Green Wave captured a 3-2 (20-25, 21-25, 25-17, 25-21, 16-14) victory at Minges Coliseum. The loss drops the Pirates to 2-19 overall and 0-12 in C-USA play while Tulane is 9-14 and 4-8.
Senior Amanda Lutzow recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 kills and 20 digs. Kelly Derby and Whitney Campbell also reached double figures offensively with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Defensively, Shelby Beasley racked up 13 digs while Hannah Allgood fell one block short of her career high as she posted nine. Additionally, Zarah Cecich distributed a personal-best 35 assists and career-high four aces.
ECU hit over .200 for just the second time this season and first since a .253 performance at UNC Wilmington. The Pirates put down 49 kills on 150 attempts with just 16 errors for a .220 mark. The Green Wave recovered from a slow start to produce a .243 percentage. It was all East Carolina in terms of blocking as it enjoyed a 14.0-4.0 advantage. The total was the highest of the year for ECU.
The Pirates broke a 5-5 tie by going on a 11-7 run to assume a 16-12 lead in the first set. Tulane rallied to within a point at 16-15 on a Cori Martone kill, but East Carolina scored four of the next five points to give itself some breathing room. With the score at 22-20, the Pirates ripped off the final three points as the frame ended with a Britney Roper service ace.
The Green Wave jumped out to a 7-3 advantage to begin the second interval, but an attack error by Olivia Utt capped an 8-4 run for ECU which tied the score at 11. The Pirates had to rally once more as Tulane took an 18-16 lead and they did so, scoring the next five points to grab a 21-18 cushion of their own. East Carolina held off the Green Wave the rest of the set, taking a 2-0 lead into intermission.
The third set was nip and tuck throughout until, with the score tied at 13, Tulane scored two consecutive points to force a Pirate timeout. The Green Wave extended that lead to 19-14 and allowed ECU to score just three more times in the frame.
It was all East Carolina at the outset of the fourth set as the Pirates looked in control with an 18-13 advantage. However, Elysa Jackson put together a nice serving run for Tulane as the Green Wave scored 11 of the next 12 points to reach set point. ECU captured the next two rallies but Martone ended it with a kill to send the match into the deciding frame.
Tulane stayed in front by a few points as the fifth set progressed, but with the visitors holding a 7-5 lead, the Pirates netted four-straight points to assume a two-point advantage of their own. When Martone connected to make it 12-10 in favor of the Green Wave, East Carolina ripped off three-straight to establish a 13-12 margin in its favor. A kill by Derby gave the Pirates their first match point of the conference season, but Tulane answered with three consecutive scores to compete the comeback.
ECU completes the weekend on Sunday, taking on Southern Miss at Minges Coliseum. First serve is set for 2 p.m.