Pirates Fall To Knights, 3-1

UABSPORTS.COM Kasey Kavanaugh put together a career-high defensive performance Sunday with 11 digs.
Kasey Kavanaugh put together a career-high defensive performance Sunday with 11 digs.

Nov. 13, 2011

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Despite winning the first set Sunday, East Carolina could not sustain the momentum as the Pirates dropped a four-set decision to the Knights at the Venue at UCF. ECU falls to 2-24 overall and 0-17 in Conference USA play while UCF is now 18-10 and 10-7.

Sophomore Kasey Kavanaugh posted a career-best 11 digs in the contest and was joined in defensive double figures by sophomore Shelby Beasley and senior Amanda Lutzow who racked up 19 and 12 respectively. Redshirt junior Kelly Derby was a force at the net, amassing six total blocks while senior Britney Roper and sophomore Whitney Campbell paced East Carolina offensively with nine kills apiece.

The Knights held the upper hand in most statistical categories, including kills (62-37), service aces (5-2) and digs (75-58) but the teams ended up even in blocking with 12 total stuffs each. UCF also sided out at 67 percent as compared to a 45-percent mark for the Pirates.

ECU took firm control at the outset of the match, establishing an 11-5 lead when Derby recorded an ace. The advantage stretched to 19-14 with a Lutzow kill, forcing the Knights to call a timeout. A kill by Evija Vilde completed an 8-3 run by the home side which knotted the score at 22, but two kills and a pair of attack errors enabled the Pirates to capture a 25-23 victory in the frame.

The second interval was close at the beginning as UCF clung to a 9-7 advantage, but a 10-2 run allowed the Knights to build a 19-9 cushion they would not relinquish as they tied the match 25-12.

East Carolina called a timeout when UCF scored eight of the first 11 points of the third set. The Pirates would rally late, pulling to within 20-17 on a Lutzow ace, but they would score just once more and lost the frame by seven at 25-18.

The Knights raced to a 12-3 lead in the fourth set on a Tory McCutcheon ace, prompting a timeout from the visitor bench. It would prove ineffective however as UCF clinched the match with a 25-12 win in the frame.

With its road schedule now complete, ECU returns home for the final three matches of the campaign. The Pirates next host UAB Friday, Nov. 18 at Minges Coliseum with first serve set for 7 p.m.