Volleyball Looks To Snap Skid Against UTEP
Oct. 16, 2009
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The East Carolina volleyball team returns home after a four-match road swing, hosting UTEP at Minges Coliseum Friday at 7 p.m. Both teams look to snap four-game league winless streaks.
The Pirates are currently tied for 11th with Memphis in the C-USA standings, two games back of Houston for the eighth and final spot to qualify the league tournament. UTEP resides in 10th-place with a 2-5 C-USA ledger, just one game back of the Cougars.
Looking Back: East Carolina dropped three-set decisions at Memphis and UAB last weekend, hitting just .127 in the contests, while tallying only 52 digs in six sets for an average of 8.6. The Pirates also notched 9.8 kills a set, well under their 11.84 average. Redshirt sophomore Britney Roper led the offense, tallying 21 kills in six sets for an average of 3.5 per frame.
About the Competition: UTEP enters the weekend off of two home losses to UCF and Southern Miss last weekend, both in four-set decisions. Amy Sanders paces the Miner offense, as she has collected 235 kills. Defensively, Jennifer Nolasco has picked up 235 digs for an average of 3.31 per set. Additionally, UTEP leads the league in blocking, averaging 2.44 blocks a frame.
UTEP: The Series:
Arriving at the Top:
.200 or Better:
If the Pirates have compiled a .200-plus hitting percentage in 2009, they have been unstoppable, racking up a 7-0 record. In two of those contests, East Carolina has surpassed the .400 plateau, firing at .442 and .434 clips against Savannah State and Winston-Salem State, respectively.
A Good Start Is Essential: