Junior setter Kasey Kavanaugh
Nov. 2, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Nicole Willis recorded a match-high 13 kills, while Shelby Beasley notched a match-high 22 digs as the Pirate volleyball team was swept (14-25, 14-25, 14-25) by conference rival UAB in a Friday night contest at Bartow Arena.
With the loss, East Carolina falls to 1-23 on the year and 0-13 in Conference USA action, while the Blazers improve to 17-12 overall and 9-4 in league play.
Willis has now led the squad in kills for seven consecutive matches after turning in her team-leading 14th double-digit kill performance at UAB. The junior outside hitter posted a .205 clip, with eight digs, and a team-best three total blocks. Beasley, who has been a defensive stalwart for the Pirates all season, posted her 12th straight match in which she has led the team in digs. She has been the Pirates’ defensive leader on 18 occasions this season. Hannah Allgood was solid on defense for East Carolina as she also tallied double-digit digs (10). Zarah Cecich finished the contest with 14 assists, while Kasey Kavanaugh contributed five.
The Pirates fell to the Blazers 25-14 in each set and finished the contest with a .081 hitting percentage. UAB ended the night with 43 total kills and a .324 attack percentage.
Despite an early battle in the first set, the Blazers took advantage of an ECU miscue to take a 10-9 advantage. From there, UAB jumped ahead, knocking down 17 kills in the first game to win the set, 25-14.
East Carolina knocked down 10 kills in the second frame, but the Blazer defense stopped the Pirates’ attack game limiting the visitors to a .114 hitting percentage. UAB tallied 13 kills and hit .278 in the set to take a 25-14 victory into the locker room at the break.
ECU will play its last regular-season road game of the season on Sunday, Nov. 4, when it travels to Memphis for a 2 p.m. conference match.