Volleyball Wraps Up 2011 Campaign Against Marshall

UABSPORTS.COM Britney Roper is one of four seniors who will play their last match at Minges Coliseum Wednesday.
Britney Roper is one of four seniors who will play their last match at Minges Coliseum Wednesday.

Nov. 22, 2011

Match 27-29: Marshall
Date Wednesday, Nov. 23
Time 6:00 p.m.
Location Greenville, N.C. (Minges Coliseum)
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GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina closes its 2011 campaign Wednesday, hosting Conference USA rival Marshall at Minges Coliseum. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

The match will serve as the final home contest for the Pirates' four seniors - Amanda Lutzow, Nicole Jones, Britney Roper and Jackie Varnum. The quartet was recognized for their efforts during their careers Sunday.

ECU looks to end the season on a high note after dropping a pair of 3-0 decisions to UAB and Memphis last weekend. The Pirates fell to 2-26 overall and 0-19 in league play with the setbacks.

The Herd enters the match at 8-21 overall and 7-12 in conference contests after taking two losses this past weekend - also against the Tigers and Blazers. Marshall is led at the net by Abby Tomas, who sits 13th in the conference with 338 kills and a 3.16 kill per set average. Cameron Yoho adds 306 kills of her own and possesses a 2.86 kill per set average. Freshman Sammie Bane ranks 7th in the conference in assists after tallying a 10.16 assists per set average. Bane reached the season plateau of 1,000 assists against Memphis this past weekend and has 1,087 for the season. The rookie also boasts 12 double-doubles.

Last Time Against Marshall:
After winning the first set against Marshall in Huntington, East Carolina could not sustain its momentum and dropped a 3-1 decision at the Cam Henderson Center in the Conference USA opener for both squads.

Senior Britney Roper was the story for the Pirates (2-6, 0-1) in the match, producing a team-best nine kills to go along with a career-high 15 digs. Classmates Amanda Lutzow and Nicole Jones, as well as sophomore Shelby Beasley, joined Roper in double figures with 10 digs. Sophomore Kasey Kavanaugh was also credited with 17 assists.

The Herd (2-7, 1-0) held the upper hand in each statistical category, topping ECU in kills (54-34), assists (50-29), service aces (6-1), digs (74-54) and total blocks (6.0-5.0). It was only the second time all season the Pirates had been outdone in the blocking column.