Junior Jackie Varnum
Nov. 12, 2010
HOUSTON, Texas - East Carolina out-blocked Houston 9-7 Friday, but the Cougars went on to capture a 3-0 decision (25-19, 25-17, 25-14) at the Athletics/Alumni Center. The Pirates fall to 1-26 overall and 0-15 in league play while Houston improves to 18-10 and 12-4.
Junior Jackie Varnum recorded six kills to lead the offense while also putting up a career-best seven blocks. Sophomore Kelly Derby had a solid hitting showing, posting four kills on seven attempts with one error for a .429 mark. Defensively, junior Nicole Jones racked up a team-best nine digs.
The Cougars hit .250 in the match while holding East Carolina to .000 efficiency. Houston also had the advantage in kills (42-22), digs (39-28) and service aces (3-1).
ECU kept it close in the first set, trailing just 9-7 before the Cougars used an 8-4 run to establish some breathing room at 17-11. The Pirates would rally to within 18-15, but Houston proved too much in the end, eventually taking the frame by six points.
The Cougars went ahead 11-4 in the second interval on a kill by Ingrida Zauere and kept East Carolina at arms length the rest of the way. The Pirates came as close as 22-16 but Houston scored three of the last four points.
The third frame was tied at five before the Cougars put together a 12-3 run to build an insurmountable lead. With Houston ahead 21-14, ECU dropped the last four rallies to end the contest.
The Pirates are back in action tomorrow as they travel across town to face Rice. First serve is set for 8 p.m. at Tudor Fieldhouse.