Volleyball Continues League Play At Southern Miss And Tulane
Oct. 13, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina continues Conference USA play this weekend, traveling to Hattiesburg, Miss. and New Orleans, La. for a pair of matches against Southern Miss and Tulane.
If the Pirates are able to emerge victorious this weekend, they would surpass their 2010 season output for victories as well as secure their first league win of the campaign. ECU is also looking for its first-ever win over the Green Wave and first triumph against Southern Miss since the 2007 season. East Carolina is 0-11 vs. Tulane and 7-10 against the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss enters the weekend having lost five of its last six matches, including a pair of five-set decisions at Rice and Houston. The Golden Eagles' lone win in the stretch was a 3-0 sweep of Memphis at Reed Green Coliseum. The last time the Pirates came away with a win in Hattiesburg was in 2006 when they captured a five set victory.
Halie Ecker paces the Southern Miss offense with 185 kills for an average of 3.03 per set. The Golden Eagles boast an experienced setter in Kelsea Seymour, who has handed out 657 assists - good for 10.27 per set and fifth in the league. Defensively, Lisa Knecht has collected 325 digs, nearly five a frame as she sits third in the C-USA rankings. Amelia Hendrickson also excels in the back row with 207. At the net, Lauren Sears tops the team with 62 total blocks.
Southern Miss stands as the top defensive team in Conference USA, averaging 17.92 digs per set. Overall, the Golden Eagles hit at a .165 clip and average 12.14 assists, 0.85 aces and 2.04 blocks.
Tulane will face Marshall Friday before welcoming the Pirates to Fogelman Arena Sunday. The Green Wave is looking for its second win in league play while sporting a 1-5 C-USA mark. Opponents have downed Tulane in four-straight matches, but the Green Wave took current league leader UAB to five sets on Sept. 30.
The last time ECU traveled to Tulane, the Green Wave captured a 3-0 victory. Moreover, East Carolina has captured just one set against Tulane all-time.
This season, Cori Martone leads the Green Wave attack with 152 kills and is hitting a team-best .267 on 333 attempts. Mel Mandelbaum and Lilly Wolfe have shared the setting duties, racking up respective marks of 347 and 275 assists respectively. Defensively, Nikki Osuna paces the squad with 297 digs (4.64 d/s) and Anna Wruck has collected a total of 61 blocks.
As a team, Tulane is hitting .172 while also averaging 1.17 aces, 13.92 digs and 1.79 blocks per set. Additionally, three Green Wave players have double digit service aces.
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