Pirates Close Weekend With 3-0 Loss At Rice

UABSPORTS.COM Sophomore Whitney Campbell tied her career high with 12 kills Sunday at Rice.
Sophomore Whitney Campbell tied her career high with 12 kills Sunday at Rice.

Nov. 6, 2011

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HOUSTON, Texas - East Carolina continued its struggles in league play, dropping a three-set decision to Rice Sunday afternoon at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Pirates fall to 2-22 overall and 0-15 in C-USA matches while the Owls rise to 15-11 and 10-5.

Sophomore Whitney Campbell capped off a fine individual weekend by tying her single-game career high of 12 kills. For the weekend, she racked up 18 kills on 40 attempts with just a single error - a .425 hitting mark. Senior Amanda Lutzow also paced the defense with 20 digs at the libero position.

Rice produced a solid offensive performance, downing 54 kills on 118 attempts with 10 errors - a .373 mark. The Owls also picked up 49 digs and seven blocks. East Carolina racked up 46 digs while recording 32 kills.

Rice took a 4-1 lead at the beginning of set one, but ECU scored two points in a row to make it a one-point deficit. The Owls took control from there, racing to a 15-5 lead which forced the Pirates to call two timeouts in the process. Rice would reach set point with a 24-9 advantage and take the frame by a 25-10 score.

The Owls established a 7-4 lead in the second set when Zarah Cecich was called for a bad set, but East Carolina rallied to tie the score at nine. Rice was able to stop the momentum, scoring four-straight points to draw a timeout from the Pirate bench. ECU pulled to within 14-12 on an Owl attack error, but a 4-1 run by the home side extended its advantage to 16-12. Rice cruised from there, taking the second interval 25-18.

With the score knotted at nine in the third set, the Owls took advantage of a couple East Carolina attack errors to move in front 12-9. The Pirates rallied to make it a 14-13 score, but Rice strung together three consecutive points to establish some breathing room. The Owls held ECU at bay over the final points, clinching the sweep 25-19.

East Carolina completes its last road swing of the season next weekend, traveling first to El Paso for a rematch with UTEP, who downed the Pirates 3-0 in Greenville earlier this season. First serve at Memorial Gymnasium is set for 9:00 p.m.