April 16, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina volleyball team concluded its spring season over the weekend as the Pirates were successful in defeating Charlotte and Duke.
"I am very pleased with our spring season and the remarkable changes the team made," Head Coach Julie Torbett said. "We played good competition and I learned a lot about our strengths and weaknesses. We have to work very hard to continue to improve and change the culture."
The Pirates opened up spring action with set wins over Davidson, Virginia Tech and NC State, and most recently added victories over Charlotte and Duke.
Shelby Beasley paced defense on Saturday as she notched 32 digs. Last season, Beasley led the Pirates with 430 digs to average 4.34 digs per set. Kierra Lee-Dunson, who redshirted last year, led the offensive surge as she hit .450 in the pair of victories. As a team, the Pirates tallied 26 block assists and seven solo blocks.
"We have been working on setting a better block with strong transition and playing from a solid base defense," Torbett explained. "These numbers show improvement in those focus areas and should reinforce the direct correlation with the quality practice into competition and results. Our passing and serving was weak, so that will be our focus for the remainder of the spring."
The Pirates will continue to plug away during the spring in preparation for the fall season which begins in August.