Volleyball Knocks Off Marshall, 3-2

UABSPORTS.COM Junior Nicole Jones (6) and Amanda Lutzow set career-high marks in digs with 28 and 27, respectively
Junior Nicole Jones (6) and Amanda Lutzow set career-high marks in digs with 28 and 27, respectively

Nov. 24, 2010

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - After Marshall rallied to tie the match at two sets Wednesday, East Carolina responded with a 6-0 game-ending run in the fifth frame to capture a 3-2 victory (25-22, 27-25, 19-25, 13-25, 15-8) at Minges Coliseum. The Pirates snap a 26-match Conference USA losing streak to improve to 2-29 overall and 1-18 in league play while the Herd drops to 11-20 and 5-14.

East Carolina picked up its second-ever win (2-11) against Marshall as both victories occurred at Minges Coliseum.

ECU racked up 104 digs, six short of the school record but it does represent the most in a C-USA match. As a result, Nicole Jones and Amanda Lutzow turned in career high marks with 28 and 27, respectively. The Pirates held a slight advantage in blocking with 13 as compared to 12 for the visitors and took advantage of 16 Marshall service errors. Jackie Varnum and Kelly Derby led East Carolina at the net, recording six blocks each. Marina Gusman-Brown also reached double figures in digs with 18.

Kasey Kavanaugh posted the first double-double of her career, handing out 41 assists and collecting 10 digs while Lutzow also picked up a double-double, adding 10 kills to her dig output. It is the fifth for the junior this season.

Offensively, Whitney Campbell secured a personal single-game best with 12 kills and was complemented by Britney Roper, who put down 11.

After the score was tied at six in the first set, Derby and Roper initiated a 3-0 run with a block that forced the Herd to call timeout. A Lutzow kill made the margin four at 16-12, but Marshall responded with two-straight to draw a Pirate timeout. The Herd would tie the frame at 16 before ECU captured seven of the next 10 points to push in front 23-19. Marshall was able to stave off two set points, but Campbell tallied a kill on the left side to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the match.

East Carolina raced out to a 14-10 advantage in the second frame, but the Herd answered with a 4-0 run to tie the score. The Pirates then used three kills to take five of the next six points, making it 19-15. Elizabeth Herman sliced the Marshall deficit to one at 22-21 with a kill, but an Abby Tomas attack error gave the home team two opportunities to close the set. Laura Der kept the Herd in it with a kill to tie the score at 24, but ECU would not relinquish the lead, eventually taking the frame on a Varnum kill.

Marshall duplicated the Pirates' 14-10 lead from the second set, then pushed it to 17-11 on a block. East Carolina pulled within 19-16, but the Herd scored six of the last nine points to force a fourth interval.

After keeping it close early in the fourth, ECU could not match Marshall's intensity as an 8-8 deadlock was broken with a 17-5 Herd run to end the set and push the Pirates to their third five-set decision of the season.

The teams would trade the first six points before a block by Kavanaugh and Varnum put East Carolina ahead for good. Tomas made the score 5-4 with a kill, but the Pirates rattled off the next four points to go in front by five. Marshall produced one last push, cutting the ECU lead to 9-8, but it would be the last time the Herd would score as Gusman-Brown sealed the win with an ace.

East Carolina closes its 2010 campaign Saturday, facing Marshall again at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, W.Va. First serve is set for 7 p.m.