Senior Amanda Lutzow posted 12 digs in Friday's match at UTEP.
Nov. 12, 2011
EL PASO, Texas - East Carolina came up short against UTEP Friday night, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Miners at Memorial Gym. The Pirates are now 2-23 overall and 0-16 in Conference USA play while UTEP rises to 18-11 and 8-8.
Senior Britney Roper posted seven kills to lead ECU offensively while Amanda Lutzow continued her solid defensive play, collecting 12 digs. Sophomore Shelby Beasley nearly reached double figures in the back row, recording nine digs. Additionally, redshirt junior Kelly Derby racked up a total of five blocks (all assists).
The Miners rode a .296 hitting performance and put down 49 kills while limiting East Carolina to 29. The Pirates hit .151 in the match and fell just short of the home side in digs by a 42-37 count. ECU ended up with the advantage in blocking ultimately, producing seven as compared to six for UTEP.
A 3-3 deadlock was broken by the Miners with a 14-8 run, capped off by a Derby attack error to make the score 17-11. The Pirates never really threatened the rest of the way as UTEP cruised to a 25-15 victory in the frame.
The second interval started much more competitive, as a Lutzow kill made the score 8-7 in favor of East Carolina. The Miners answered, however, taking six of the next seven rallies to establish some breathing room at 13-9. That run was enough to keep the Pirates from mounting a comeback of their own as UTEP won the set convincingly at 25-14.
With ECU leading 12-10 on a Victoria Valencia service error, the Pirates stretched the advantage to 14-11 when Andrea Queck scored off a Kasey Kavanaugh set. That would force the Miners to call timeout and that move proved effective as the home team ripped off a 9-2 run to assume a 20-16 cushion. East Carolina rallied to within 24-23, but a Marie Therese-Joyce kill clinched the sweep for UTEP.
The Pirates play their final road match of the season Sunday, traveling to Orlando to face UCF. First serve at the Venue at UCF is scheduled for 1 p.m.