Tigers Grind Past Pirates, 3-0

UABSPORTS.COM Senior Amanda Lutzow posted a team-best 10 kills Sunday against Memphis.
Senior Amanda Lutzow posted a team-best 10 kills Sunday against Memphis.

Nov. 20, 2011

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina came up short against Memphis Sunday, falling to the Tigers in three sets at Minges Coliseum. The Pirates move to 2-26 overall and 0-19 in Conference USA play with one match remaining in the regular season while Memphis is now 19-13 and 8-11.

Senior Amanda Lutzow finished the match with a team-best 10 kills on 24 swings with three errors, hitting .292. Defensively, sophomore Shelby Beasley racked up seven digs while seniors Jackie Varnum and Britney Roper tallied three blocks apiece.

The Tigers were the better offensive team in the contest, hitting .296 and limiting ECU to a .121 clip. Memphis also held the advantage in digs at 37-30 but East Carolina won the blocking battle 7.5-7.0.

A kill by Lauren Hawkins staked the visitors to a 10-4 lead and the Tigers would extend that advantage to 20-14 when Hawkins posted a service ace. The Pirates responded, however, going on an 8-2 run which was capped off by a Memphis attack error - tying the frame at 22. Another Tiger miscue gave East Carolina set point, but a timeout settled the Tigers down and they scored three-straight to claim a 26-24 win.

ECU jumped out to a 7-4 advantage in the second interval, only to see Memphis go on a 9-2 run which put it ahead at 13-9. The Tigers kept the Pirates at bay from there, limiting the home side to just 14 points in the frame.

East Carolina held a slim lead at the beginning of the third set, but with the Pirates in front 9-8, Memphis scored nine of the next 12 points to establish a 17-12 cushion. That was all the Tigers needed to cruise to a 25-20 match-clinching victory.

The Pirates close their season Wednesday, hosting Marshall at Minges Coliseum. First serve is set for 6 p.m.