Volleyball Plays Home Finale Wednesday

UABSPORTS.COM Nicole Jones is averaging four digs per set in conference play.
Nicole Jones is averaging four digs per set in conference play.

Nov. 23, 2010

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina closes the 2010 season Wednesday at Minges Coliseum and Saturday in Huntington, taking on Marshall in a pair of Conference USA contests. First serve Wednesday is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the match precedes the men's basketball matchup with Lenoir-Rhyne at 7.

The Pirates seek their first home and league wins of the season in Wednesday's match while the Herd look to improve on a 1-11 record away from the Cam Henderson Center.

The Pirates enter the week after dropping two decisions at home to Southern Miss and Tulane.

Against the Green Wave, ECU held control of all three sets but the visitors rallied in each frame to post a 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-20) win. Jackie Varnum led the offense for the second-straight match, putting down nine kills while Whitney Campbell had eight. Defensively, Nicole Jones tallied her third-straight double-digit dig effort and 14th of the season, racking up 13. Additionally, Varnum and Kasey Kavanaugh both racked up three blocks.

Amanda Lutzow leads the offense in 2010 with 201 kills while Britney Roper and Varnum are close behind with 194 and 191, respectively. In the back row, Jones boasts 302 digs for an average of 3.28 per set. She is even better in league play, producing exactly four per frame to rank 10th in the league. At the net, Kelly Derby leads the team with 86 total blocks.

Marshall split a pair of matches inside the Cam Henderson Center over the weekend. Following a four-set defeat to Tulane, the Herd bounced back to sweep Southern Miss. Against the Golden Eagles, four players recorded nine-or-more kills led by Kaitlin Holm's 13. Elizabeth Fleming produced a double-double by dishing out 39 assists and posting 11 digs.

The Pirates a 1-11 all-time against Marshall and 8-1 since the Herd joined C-USA. ECU's lone win occurred in the 2008 season by a 3-1 score in Greenville.