Senior Britney Roper tied for the team lead with seven kills in the Pirates' season finale Wednesday.
Nov. 23, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina volleyball team's 2011 season came to an end Wednesday night as the Pirates dropped a 3-0 (19-25, 18-25, 22-25) decision to Marshall at Minges Coliseum. ECU ends the year at 2-27 overall and concludes Conference USA play with a 0-20 ledger.
Senior Amanda Lutzow ended her career in fine fashion, picking up 22 digs to pace the Pirate defense. Sophomore Shelby Beasley also reached double figures in digs with 13. Offensively, senior Britney Roper and redshirt junior Kelly Derby posted seven kills apiece while sophomore Whitney Campbell contributed six. Additionally, Derby recorded a match-high four block assists.
The Herd put down 52 kills on 134 attempts to hit at a .254 clip, making just 18 errors. East Carolina only committed 12 attacking miscues, but could only manage 31 kills on 129 swings. Marshall also held the upper hand in digs (71-57) and service aces (4-1), however, the Pirates out-blocked their visitors by a 6-3 count.
ECU took an early timeout in the first set as the Herd raced to an 11-5 advantage. A Jackie Varnum kill capped a modest 3-1 run for the Pirates, forcing Marshall to call its first timeout. East Carolina rallied to within 14-13 when Laura Der committed an attack error, but the Herd recovered and scored eight of the next 10 points to put the frame out of reach.
A 4-4 deadlock in the second interval turned into an 8-4 Marshall lead when Cameron Yoho put down a kill to draw a timeout from the Pirate bench. A Dorothy Rahal service error kept the Pirates close at 18-15, but the Herd limited the home side to just three more points the rest of the way.
It was a nip and tuck affair in the third frame with ECU taking a 14-12 advantage on an Abby Thomas attack miscue. However, Marshall captured four of the next six rallies to knot the score at 16. A Campbell kill helped East Carolina keep the Herd in sight as the Pirates trailed just 19-18, but despite hanging around late at 21-20, ECU could not complete the comeback as a 4-2 run clinched the match for Marshall.