April 22, 2014
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina volleyball team completed its spring season as the Pirates notched set wins over Coastal Carolina, Wingate, Bridgewater, Radford, Winthrop, William & Mary and UNC Wilmington.
The spring season saw second year head coach Julie Torbett guide the Pirates in fundamentals and progression in tournaments at NC State, Richmond and UNC Wilmington. East Carolina continually improved throughout the spring as a number of players stepped up and made great strides.
"I am very pleased with the progress of our players," Torbett said. "I think Zarah Cecich has matured into a confident setter. She did a good job of anchoring the offense. Bella Borgiotti continues to grow as our other setting option with the ability to hit as well. Sierra Lee-Dunson has made astronomical improvements physically and in her specific skill sets. She is a strong blocker and is consistently attacking over the block. Her twin sister, Kierra, has also made improvements after a strong sophomore season."
Kierra Lee-Dunson led the ECU offense against UNC Wilmington as she hit .555 with 11 kills. Additionally, Torre Blake saw action at the UNC Wilmington and Richmond Tournaments. Against Winthrop at the UNCW Tournament, Blake hit .666 and registered 11 kills.
While the offense was on point, the Pirate defense performed at a steady pace.
"Erika Figueroa had a really good showing at Wilmington," Torbett said. "Her serve reception numbers were solid and she finally seemed confident in her role as the leader on defense."
In addition to the returning Pirates posting solid performances, East Carolina also saw a strong effort from newcomer Sydney Darden.
"Sydney Darden has proved to be a great addition to the team after transferring from UNC Greensboro," Torbett said. "She was our leading point scorer every weekend during the spring season. Our other transfer, Nicole Higgins has missed most of the spring with an illness."
The Pirates will head into the 2014 campaign with a solid spring season under their belts as they begin action in the American Athletic Conference.
"It was nice to finish on a strong note," Torbett said. "Losing five seniors is a lot for a team to work through. We are young and with a lot of hard work and some solid recruiting we will have the team where we need to be to compete in the American Athletic Conference."