Freshman Torre Blake
Nov. 5, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Whitney Campbell led the Pirates with a .400 hitting percentage after knocking down eight kills on 15 attempts in the East Carolina volleyball team's 3-1 (25-20, 15-25, 22-25, 21-25) loss at Memphis on Sunday.
With the loss the Pirates drop to 1-24 on the year and fall to 0-14 in the conference, while the Tigers move to 11-18 overall and 6-8 in C-USA play.
Nicole Willis posted a team-best 16 kills, eight digs, three service aces, a pair of blocks and an assist to finish the match with a match-high 20.5 points. Kelly Derby recorded 10 kills and hit .381 in the contest, while contributing a team-high four blocks. Campbell tallied eight kills on 15 attacks while only committing two attack errors to lead the ECU in attack percentage. On defense, Shelby Beasley registered 15 digs, while Erika Figueroa and Zarah Cecich added seven. Cecich concluded the match with 35 assists, three blocks and a trio of kills.
Hannah Allgood got things started for the Pirates with a service ace to give ECU the early lead. However, the Pirates fell behind after a 5-0 run by Memphis to put the Tigers up 5-2, which forced head coach Pati Rolf to call for a timeout. Following the break in action, East Carolina got back on track after a kill from Willis and eventually took an 11-9 lead on a Figueroa ace followed by a Memphis attach error. The Tigers fought back and evened the score at 12, which led to the two squads rallying back and forth until the Pirates were able to take a 20-19 lead on a kill off the hands of Cecich. ECU finished the set on a 5-1 run to take the game by a score of 25-20.
With the match tied at one set apiece, Memphis took an early 4-0 lead in the third game and never looked back. The Pirates rallied from behind and were able to cut the Tigers' lead to one (8-7) after back-to-back kills by Torre Blake, but that was as close as East Carolina would come. The Tigers would go on to take the third set, 25-22.
East Carolina started off the fourth set with a kill by Willis and eventually led the Tigers by as many as six points (10-4). But Memphis would not go away easily and the Tigers battled back to take a 15-12 advantage after an 11-2 run. With the tables turned, the hosts would hold a slight edge for the rest of the game and eventually record a 25-21 win over the Pirates.
The Tigers had three players record double-figure kills in Marija Jovanovic (18), Maja Kostic (12), and Altrese Hawkins (11). Kostic recorded a double-double as she added 10 digs. Aleksandra Petronijevic led the defense with 26 digs, while Veronica Zimmerman contributed 10 digs and 49 assists.
The Pirates will close out the regular-season with a pair of matches at Minges Coliseum next weekend. On Friday, Nov. 9, East Carolina will play host to UTEP in a 7 p.m. match. ECU will welcome Tulane to Greenville for a Sunday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m. match. Live stats and video will be available for both matches.