ECU Drops Four-Set Affair At Rice

UABSPORTS.COM Junior Nicole Jones
Junior Nicole Jones

Nov. 13, 2010

Box Score

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HOUSTON, Texas - East Carolina won the third set after dropping the first two to force a fourth frame Saturday, but Rice recovered to clinch the match (25-21, 25-9, 22-25, 25-9) at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Pirates dip to 1-27 overall and 0-16 in Conference USA play while the Owls are now 15-14 and 10-7.

Junior Amanda Lutzow paced the offense with 10 kills while classmate Nicole Jones picked up 13 digs. At the net, freshman Kasey Kavanaugh racked up two solo blocks.

Rice put down 59 kills on 131 attempts to post a .282 hitting mark as compared to a .076 showing by ECU. The Owls also held the advantage in digs (62-41) and service aces (4-3) but the Pirates had the best of the blocking 9-6.

Down 15-11 midway through the first set, East Carolina rallied with four-straight points to tie the score. Whitney Campbell kept the Pirates close with a kill to make it 19-18 in favor of the home team, but the Owls pulled away by taking the next three rallies.

A 3-3 deadlock would be the closest score of the second frame, as a 10-1 run pushed Rice far into the lead. ECU failed to reach double digits in the set, allowing Rice to go ahead 2-0 in the match.

Tied at 11 in the third interval, the Pirates scored three-straight to force an Owl timeout. The break proved ineffective as a block by Kavanaugh and Jackie Varnum kept East Carolina rolling to a 19-12 lead. Rice was not done, however, as it answered with a 7-2 run to pull within 21-19. The Pirates reached set point at 24-19 but it took four rallies and a Britney Roper kill to dispatch the Owls in the set.

Rice rolled out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth frame and never looked back, allowing ECU just nine points to capture the 3-1 win.

East Carolina returns home for its last three of four matches, beginning Friday against Southern Miss. First serve at Minges Coliseum is slated for 5 p.m. and will take place before the women's basketball team squares off against UNC Wilmington at 8.