Tulane Outlasts East Carolina Sunday

UABSPORTS.COM Britney Roper tallied four of her six kills in the third set Sunday.
Britney Roper tallied four of her six kills in the third set Sunday.

Nov. 21, 2010

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina held control of all three sets Sunday, but Tulane rallied in each frame to post a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-20) win at Minges Coliseum.

Jackie Varnum led the Pirate offense for the second-straight match, putting down nine kills while Whitney Campbell had eight. Defensively, Nicole Jones tallied her third-straight double-digit dig effort and 14th of the season, racking up 13. Additionally, Varnum and Kasey Kavanaugh both racked up three blocks.

ECU (1-29, 0-18) raced out to a 5-2 lead in the first set and stayed ahead by as many as four at 13-9. However, Nikki Osuna tallied an ace which tied the score at 14 and capped a 5-1 Green Wave run. The Pirates led once more, 16-15, but Tulane (12-19, 9-10) went on a 10-2 tear to close out the set and go up 1-0.

Two kills by Varnum at the beginning of the second interval gave East Carolina a 4-1 advantage and prompted the Green Wave to call timeout. A Tulane attack error kept the Pirates in front by three (11-8), but a 6-0 run from the visitors swung the momentum back to the other side. The teams traded scoring runs over the next several points, leaving the score at 18-17 in favor of the Green Wave. However, Tulane closed out ECU again with a late run, this time to the tune of 7-3.

The Pirates held an early lead for the third-straight frame, scoring five of the first six points. They were able to hold off the Green Wave for a while, but the visitors took the lead for good on a block, making the score 15-14. Tulane would double up ECU from there, ending the match with a block.

East Carolina plays its final home game Wednesday, taking on Marshall at 4:00 p.m. The contest precedes the men's basketball matchup with Lenoir-Rhyne, scheduled for 7.