Pirate Volleyball Plays Host to UTEP in Friday Evening Contest

UABSPORTS.COM Freshman defensive specialist Erika Figueroa
Freshman defensive specialist Erika Figueroa

Nov. 8, 2012

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GREENVILLE, N.C. – The East Carolina Volleyball team will host its final regular-season matches of the year Friday, November 9, versus UTEP at 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 11, against Tulane at 1 p.m.

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East Carolina came up short against UTEP Friday night, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Miners at Memorial Gym. The Pirates are now 2-23 overall and 0-16 in Conference USA play while UTEP rises to 18-11 and 8-8.

Sunday’s match will celebrate the career of Kelly Derby in a senior day ceremony prior to the start of the match. In addition, ECU is having an 11/1 at 1 p.m. for $1 promotion where admission is just $1.00 for fans. All ECU students and youth (under 17 years of age) will receive free admission.

The Pirates will enter Minges Coliseum with a 1-24 record and an 0-14 conference mark. They are coming off a tough few matches in which East Carolina was swept at UAB before dropping a 3-1 decision at Memphis. Over the weekend, Nicole Willis led the Pirates’ offense with 29 kills to average 4.14 kills per set. The junior outside hitter added 16 digs (2.29 digs per set), five total blocks (0.71 blocks per set) and 35.5 points. Kelly Derby finished the weekend with 13 kills and four blocks, while Shelby Beasley tallied 37 digs (5.29 digs per set). Zarah Cecich contributed 49 assists and Whitney Campbell added 11 kills.



ECU and UTEP will go head-to-head for the 12th time in program history. The Miners lead the all-time series 8-3 over the Pirates. This will mark the first meeting of 2012 for the conference foes. Last season, the Miners swept the Pirates on two occasions. East Carolina has not defeated UTEP since 2009, head coach Pati Rolf’s first season at the helm, when the Pirates won in five sets.

East Carolina is looking to earn its first league victory of the season as well as snap a 23-match losing skid which dates back to August 25, when the Pirates held off Bethune-Cookman in five sets at Minges Coliseum during the East Carolina Classic.