Pirates Look To Snap Skid At UNC Wilmington
Sept. 8, 2011
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Looking to snap a three-match skid, East Carolina continues its road swing Friday by taking on former CAA rival UNC Wilmington in the second match of the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Tournament at newly-renovated Hanover Hall. First serve is set for 7:30 p.m. as the schools meet for the 65th time.
The Pirates have held the upper hand in the series lately, winning 14-straight matches against the Seahawks. The last time UNC Wilmington came out on top was during the 1998 season when the schools were conference mates. In the next-to-last match of that season, the Seahawks knocked off ECU in five sets.
UNC Wilmington has split its last four matches heading into the weekend, most recently dropping a 3-0 decision to Campbell Tuesday evening in Buies Creek. Overall, the Seahawks are 3-4. Their defense and serving have excelled as UNCW is averaging 1.64 aces and 14.0 digs per set. Freshman middle hitter McKenzie Keightley was named the Colonial Athletic Association's volleyball Rookie-of-the-Week last week as she earned All-Tournament Team honors in the George Washington Invitational last weekend. The first-year player fashioned a team-best .519 hitting percentage and posted 14 kills (1.40 kills per set) in guiding the Seahawks to a 2-1 finish in the event.
If the Pirates were to pick up a win against UNC Wilmington, they would match their 2010 season output for victories as well as improve to 28-37 against their former Colonial Athletic Association rivals. ECU has also triumphed in the last 13 meetings between the schools.
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