Ferris Leads ECU To A 3-1 Win On Senior Night
Nov. 11, 2005
GREENVILLE, N.C.- Senior outside hitter Pam Ferris had one of her top performances of the season on senior night with 19 kills and 18 digs as East Carolina knocked off Memphis, 3-1, Friday night at Minges Coliseum. In addition to Ferris' team-high 14th double-double, Heidi Krug, who picked up 59 assists on the night, became ECU's all-time, single single assist leader with 1,313.
The Pirates, looking to finish strong in a battle for Conference USA tournament seeding, improve to 8-6 in league play and 17-10 overall. ECU has now won four matches in a row. With the loss, Memphis drops to 16-14 on the season and 7-6 overall.
Mignon Dubenion also played well offensively, recording 15 kills while Erica Wilson and Kelley Wernert each picked up 13 en route to the victory. Wilson was nearly flawless offensively, hitting .500 on the night, committing just one error on 24 attack attempts. Dubenion and Wilson also excelled at the net with four total blocks apiece. Trish Monroe had a great day defensively, tallying 20 digs. In addition to Monroe and Ferris, Bertini finished in double-digit digs with 11. Ferris' 19 kills give her 400 on the season, making her one of five players in school history to reach that mark in a single-season. Krug, who also finished with four kills, surpasses Sarah Laurent who finished with 1,268 assists in 1994.
Three Tigers finished with double-digit kills led by Nancy Nellan's 17. Ashley Liford was the top hitter for Memphis, recording 16 kills while committing just three errors on 35 attempts en route to hitting .371. Shelby Burton, who finished with 10 kills, was the top defender at the net for the Tigers recording three solo blocks and two block assists. Christen Clayton led the Tiger defense with 22 digs while Nellans added 13 to collect the double-double and Laura Cote, who led Memphis with 48 assists, recorded 10.
After being down 11-8 in the opening game, the Pirates went on a 12-3 run to take a 20-14 lead over the Tigers and never looked back. Ferris and Wilson combined on 11 kills as ECU claimed the win in game one, 30-26. Memphis edged ECU, 31-29 in game two behind Liford and Nellan who picked up seven and six kills respectively. The Tigers out-hit the Pirates .295-to-.222 in the second game. ECU bounced back in game three, taking advantage of Memphis' nine attack errors and three service errors to win 30-25. The Pirates hit .256 as a team in the third game with Ferris leading the way with six kills. Wernert's offense and Ferris' defense were the difference in game four as East Carolina defeated Memphis, 30-17, to take the match. Wernert collected eight of her 13 kills in the final game while Ferris was a force defensively, tallying eight kills.
ECU will take a day off before returning to action Sunday afternoon when the team hosts UAB at 1 p.m. inside Minges Coliseum. The Pirates and the Blazers, who are 5-8 in C-USA play and are facing league-leader Marshall Friday night, will both have tournament seeding at stake in the final regular season C-USA match of the year.