Wilson and Monroe Lead ECU To A 3-1 Win Over 49ers
Nov. 15, 2005
GREENVILLE, N.C.- In her final home match in Minges Coliseum, Erica Wilson recorded a team-high 16 kills while libero Trish Monroe led the defense with 18 digs as East Carolina won their sixth straight match to end the regular season with a 3-1 win over Charlotte. Wilson, whose kill total was her second-highest of the season, also led the Pirates hitting .577, committing just one error on 26 attack attempts.
ECU closes out the regular season with an overall record of 19-10, just the third winning season since 1983 for the Pirate volleyball program. The team's 19 wins thus far marks the highest win total for ECU since the Pirates won 24 games in 1982. The Pirates now look ahead to the upcoming Conference USA tournament this week in Houston. With the loss, Charlotte drops to 17-15 overall on the season.
Another senior, Pam Ferris, collected her team-leading 15th double-double, recording 14 kills and 11 digs. Kelley Wernert also finished with double-digit kills, tallying 13 while also picking up six digs and three block assists. Middle blockers Kim Jefferson picked up eight and nine kills respectively while Jefferson recorded six total blocks and Dubenion added five. Wilson also recorded six total blocks as East Carolina recorded 13 total blocks on the night. Heidi Krug's 53 assists marks the ninth time in the last 12 matches that Krug collected at least 50 kills in a match. Ferris added two service aces, moving her within four of the all-time career record at ECU of 156 held by Jennifer Parsons.
Charlotte was led offensively by Alma Arroyo who recorded 26 kills while hitting a team-best .422. Lisa Newell and Jessica Oldenburg also finished in double-digits with 16 and 11 kills respectively. Setter Eden Ramos directed the 49er offense, tallying 63 assists while also adding six digs on defense. Arroyo also starred defensively for Charlotte, picking up 19 digs to record the double-double while libero Carly Romberg also played well with 14 digs. Oldenburg led the defense at the net with four block assists while Lynae Mulder added three.
Charlotte won a closely contested game one, 30-28, before the Pirates bounced back with a convincing 30-18 win in game two. The Pirates out-hit the 49ers .429-to-.083 in the second game while also collecting five total blocks. Wilson and Dubenion each collected three block assists while Ferris and Wernert carried ECU offensively with five kills apiece. With the match tied 1-1, ECU took the lead with a close win in game three, 30-27. Despite Newell and Arroyo combining on 14 kills for Charlotte, ECU got strong defensive play out of Monroe, who recorded half of her digs on the night in the third game. The Pirates won game four and clinched the match with an identical 30-27 as in game three. ECU, led by Dubenion's five kills, slightly out-hit the 49ers, .310-.308, en route to the three-point victory in the fourth and final game.
ECU will now travel to Houston to participate in the 2005 Conference USA Volleyball Tournament, Nov. 17-20. The Pirates, who earned a fifth-seed in the 12-team tournament, will face No. 12 Southern Miss in the opening round, Thursday at 4 p.m. in Autry Court. For more information on the 2005 C-USA Volleyball Tournament, visit www.conferenceusa.com.