Purple Defeats Gold, 2-1, in Volleyball Scrimmage

UABSPORTS.COM Head Coach Julie Torbett
Head Coach Julie Torbett

Aug 23, 2013

GREENVILLE, N.C. - In the first action of the 2013 season, the East Carolina volleyball team held the Purple and Gold Scrimmage at Minges Coliseum on Friday night in a three-set contest. The Purple squad, which was led by first year head coach Julie Torbett, was victorious over the Gold team, which was directed by assistant coach Cindi Miller, 2-1.

The Purple team won the first two sets by identical scores of 25-18, and the Gold squad took game three, 25-22. Torbett's team pushed ahead early in the first set and never trailed as the Pirates cruised to a seven-point victory over the Gold squad. The Purple team used the momentum it gained in the first set to break a 5-5 tie in the second game and never look back as ECU's Purple Pirates went on to claim set two.

Coach Torbett shuffled the line up in the third set and the contest got off to a bumpy start as the teams needed a few points to regain their composure. Miller's Gold team took a 4-3 advantage on a service ace by senior Andrea Queck and never relinquished the lead, despite the Purple squad's threats. With Torbett's Purple team hot on their tails, the Gold team was able to hold on and win, 25-22.

"The first two sets were pretty good," Torbett said. "We changed the line up a little in the third set and we encountered some difficulties. We need to do a better job of adjusting. But, I saw glimpses of what we'd like to accomplish on a more consistent basis."

Senior Nicole Willis gave the Purple squad an offensive boost as she led all scorers with 11 kills in the match. She added eight digs and four block assists to give her team the victory. Shelby Beasley, the libero for the purple team, tied with Queck, the defensive specialist for the Gold squad, for a match-high 13 digs. Erika Figueroa, who represented the Gold team, added 12 digs to round out the double-figure defensive efforts.



Freshman Bella Borgiotti, who donned Purple, led the Pirates with 19 assists, while junior setter Zarah Cecich, who was Borgiotti's teammate on the Purple squad, added 17. The Purple team's Ashley McRae set the standard with eight block assists and one solo block for nine total blocks.

"The scrimmage definitely got some of the jitters out for the freshmen," Torbett said. "It's beneficial for them to put on the jersey and get a run thru with fans in the stands before the first official game."

The Pirates' first game contest of the season will be on the road, as ECU travels to Winston Salem, N.C., to compete in the Wake Forest Deacon Invitational beginning Friday, August 30. The Pirates will battle it out with the host Demon Deacons Friday at 6:30 p.m., before going head-to-head with UNC Greensboro and East Tennessee State Saturday, August 31 at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively.