Sophomore Shelby Beasley posted a team-best 16 digs Sunday against Southern Miss.
Oct. 30, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Southern Miss hit .264 and limited East Carolina to a .080 percentage to cruise to a 3-0 Conference USA victory Sunday at Minges Coliseum. The Pirates fall to 2-20 overall and 0-13 in C-USA play while the Golden Eagles are now 12-13 and 6-7.
Amanda Lutzow and Kelly Derby ended up with eight kills apiece to lead the offensive attack for ECU, combining for 16 of the Pirates' 28 kills. Defensively, Shelby Beasley collected 16 digs to complement five total blocks by Derby. Setters Kasey Kavanaugh and Zarah Cecich split the duty during the match, recording assist totals of 13 and 12, respectively.
Southern Miss had little trouble on offense, tallying 45 kills on 110 attempts with just 16 errors. The Golden Eagles also held the upper hand in digs (57-42) and total blocks (8.0-7.0).
At the outset of the first frame, Southern Miss raced to a 10-3 lead and drew a timeout from the East Carolina bench. The Golden Eagles then extended the advantage to 18-8 and 22-10 before winning the set 25-17.
The Pirates called another early timeout in the second interval when Southern Miss scored five of the first six points. Staying aggressive with their serving, the Golden Eagles built on the lead and pushed in front 11-4 with a kill by Amelia Hendrickson. Southern Miss cruised from there, holding ECU to just 11 points in the set.
After intermission, the Pirates began to find some success, establishing a 10-7 cushion on a kill by Britney Roper. However, the Golden Eagles stopped East Carolina's momentum, scoring the next six points to move ahead 13-10. The Pirates rallied multiple times, pulling to within 20-19 when Lauren Sears committed an attack error, but a 5-0 run clinched the sweep for Southern Miss.
ECU embarks on its last road trip of the season next weekend, traveling to Houston for a pair of matches with Rice at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Pirates and Owls begin the two-contest set Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.