March 26, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The East Carolina volleyball team hit the hardwood over the weekend to open the spring season at NC State. The Pirates defeated Davidson after splitting sets with Virginia Tech and NC State's B team, while dropping two sets to NC State's A squad.
The Pirates started the day against NC State's A team and dropped both sets, however ECU was competitive in the second game and fell short by just two points.
Against the B team, ECU built a seven-point lead in the first set but was unable to close it out, and fell by two points. The Pirates came back strong in the second set as their solid serving earned them their first set victory under head coach Julie Torbett as ECU split with NC State's B squad.
Following a break in action, the Pirates faced Virginia Tech. Adjustments to blocking proved to be successful as ECU won its first set against the Hokies. The second set was close, but too many unforced errors plagued the Pirates and Virginia Tech came out on top.
The Pirates finished the day against Davidson and were able to collect a pair of set wins. ECU relied on strong serving and solid defense which allowed the Pirates to cruise to a win in the first set. The Wildcats made the second set closer, but the Pirates led the entire game and closed out the day with a victory.
"I was pleased with the overall performance of the team in our first outing," Torbett said. "We have been working very hard to make the necessary changes. Spring results normally do not matter, but this team needs to see that hard work pays off. It also gives them confidence in me and what I am bringing to the program. It was a fun day with good competition."
ECU will head to Greensboro, N.C., for more spring volleyball action on Saturday, April 6, before wrapping up spring play at NC State on Saturday, April 13.