Volleyball Starts Three-Game Homestand Friday
Nov. 19, 2010
GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina jumpstarts a three-game homestand Friday, welcoming Southern Miss to Minges Coliseum for a 5 p.m. first serve. The match precedes the women's basketball matchup with in-state rival UNC Wilmington at 8.
The Pirates are coming off a 3-1 loss in Houston Sunday against Rice, marking the second time East Carolina took a set off of the Owls this year. The Pirates were down 2-0 in the match before coming back with a 25-22 win in set three. However, Rice would win the fourth frame 25-9.
The Golden Eagles captured a 3-0 win over the Pirates earlier this season in Hattiesburg as ECU looks to avoid the season sweep. In that match, juniors Amanda Lutzow and Nicole Jones combined for 33 digs to lead East Carolina defensively while sophomore Kelly Derby racked up four blocks. Junior Jackie Varnum paced the offense for the second-straight match, tallying seven digs. Southern Miss held the advantage in hitting (.260-.102), kills (44-30) and digs (62-56), but the Pirates did out-block the home team 6-5.
Four ECU players have collected over 100 kills this season, led by Lutzow with 191 who is followed by classmate Britney Roper with 181 and Varnum with 171. Rookie and C-USA All-Freshman Team candidate Kasey Kavanaugh has 569 assists while Jones leads the team with 273 digs.
Southern Miss improved to 18-10 and 11-6 in conference play after wins over UAB (3-0) and Memphis (3-1) Nov. 12-14. The Golden Eagles remain in sole possession of fourth place in the C-USA standings.
USM has won 10 of its last 11 matches. As a team, the Golden Eagles are averaging 13.9 kills per set, 13.04 assists per set, 16.60 digs per set and 1.92 blocks per set, while out hitting their opponents, .225 to .206. Outside hitter Ashley Mell continues to lead the offense with 475 kills averaging 4.44 kps. Setter Kelsea Seymour guides the offense with an 11.07 assists per set average and Lisa Knecht lead the back row with 501 digs (4.77 dps). Lauren Sears is tops on the team with 25 aces. Seymour recorded the league's first triple double this season with 10 kills, 34 assists and 13 digs against Memphis (Nov. 14).
The series between the schools is tied at eight, but the Golden Eagles have won five-straight over ECU. The last Pirate win occurred in Greenville during the 2007 season as the home team knocked off the visitors in three sets.
East Carolina continues play Sunday with a contest against Tulane at 2 p.m. at Minges Coliseum.