Pirates Host Tulane And Southern Miss In Rematches
Oct. 27, 2011
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina will help celebrate Homecoming weekend with a pair of matches against Tulane and Southern Miss. The Pirates will square off against the Green Wave Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. before welcoming the Golden Eagles to Minges Coliseum Sunday at 2 p.m.
ECU dropped 3-0 decisions at SMU and at home against Tulsa last weekend as the Pirates look to snap a 15-match skid. East Carolina has been swept in five consecutive matches, last taking a set from an opponent Oct. 8 versus Houston. A win this weekend by the Pirates would surpass their 2010 season output for victories as well as secure their first league triumph of the campaign. ECU dropped 3-0 decisions in Hattiesburg, Miss., and New Orleans, La., two weeks ago as the Pirates still look to pick up their first-ever win over the Green Wave.
Tulane has dropped four of its last six matches, but defeated Southern Miss in straight sets at home during that stretch. The Green Wave have thus dropped to 11th place in the C-USA standings with a 3-8 record.
Cori Martone leads the Tulane offense with 228 kills (3.04 k/s) and is second on the squad with 18 aces. Mel Mandelbaum and Lilly Wolfe share the setting duties, having produced assist totals of 471 and 349 respectively. Defensively, Nikki Osuna has racked up a team-best385 digs (4.70 d/s). In the blocking column, Anna Wruck has collected 86 blocks for a 1.02 average. A few weeks ago in the teams' last meeting, Milica Jovic ripped 15 kills on 27 attempts with just two errors for a .481 hitting mark. Cori Martone also hit double-digits in kills with 12. Additionally, Izabella Grot had a fine match, hitting a stellar .611 with 12 kills.
As a team, the Green Wave is hitting .180 and averages 12.35 kills per set. The Green Wave are a decent serving squad, having posted 95 aces (1.13 a/s).
Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles made a big jump in the league standings with two wins last weekend as they downed UCF and home and UTEP in El Paso. Southern Miss is now tied for sixth with the Knights as both teams sport a 5-6 record.
A trio of seniors led C-USA in their respective categories in the last two matches as the Offensive Player of the Week award was given to Ashley Mell, followed by Kelsea Seymour earning Setter of the Week merits and, for the second-straight time, Lisa Knecht was voted Defensive Player of the Week. Mell was a catalyst for the Golden Eagles in their last match with the Pirates, as she put down 16 kills. Knecht also had a fine showing, racking up 18 digs.
Speaking of defense, Southern Miss is tops in C-USA with 18.18 digs per set. The Golden Eagles are 11-12 overall and are hitting .183 collectively. Additionally, Southern Miss is averaging 13.40 kills, 12.78 assists and 2.13 blocks per frame. In the all-time series with East Carolina, the Golden Eagles hold an 11-7 advantage and have not dropped a match to the Pirates since 2007.
ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS Redshirt junior Kelly Derby has been named to three all-tournament squads this season at the Jefferson Cup, UNCW Mayfaire Tournament and the Thunder Invitational. The middle hitter is attacking at a .301 clip this season, a team high, and is second on the squad with 30 total blocks. Additionally, Derby has committed just 12 errors on 146 attempts in 2011.
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