GREENVILLE, N.C. – The ECU volleyball team matched up with No. 20 Wichita State for the second time this season Friday afternoon, dropping a 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-14) decision to the Shockers inside Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
Team Records: ECU (18-10, 9-6 AAC) | Wichita State (23-3, 15-0 AAC)
Senior outside hitter Ashton Mares paced the offense with seven kills while senior middle hitter Natalie Montini put down five kills and turned in a .417 hitting percentage. Abbie Lehman led the Shockers with 12 kills and a .524 hitting mark.
Wichita State hit .400 for the match, recording 53 kills on 100 attempts with 15 attacking errors, while the Pirates ended up at .108 after compiling 25 kills on 93 attempts with 15 errors. The Shockers also held the upper hand in digs (48-30) and total blocks (5.0 – 2.0).
Torbett’s Take: “Wichita State is a great team with a strong tradition, but I was unhappy with our lack of energy. We will work on that for Sunday because that is part of our DNA here at ECU. We still have a number of goals that we can accomplish this season.”
Set One: The teams split the first six points of the opening frame before a kill by Emma Wright put the visitors ahead 8-4. The Pirates pulled within 9-7 on a solo block by sophomore middle hitter Toya Osuegbu, but a 7-0 run by Wichita State put the set out of reach.
Set Two: The second stanza was much closer early on as an attacking error by Alex Koon knotted the score at 11. The Shockers led 19-16 before scoring the final six points to win the set and take a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
Set Three: Wichita State broke open a close third frame with a 5-0 run that made the score 12-5. After an ECU timeout, the Shockers started to pull away, building a 20-9 cushion before sealing the match on a kill by Tabitha Brown.
News and Notes
The Pirates dropped to 11-5 at home and 5-2 against American Athletic Conference opponents.
Mares needs 34 more kills to become the fifth player in program history to notch 1,000 career kills and digs.
Of ECU’s last four losses, two have occurred against the nationally-ranked Shockers
The Pirates fell into a fourth-place tie with Cincinnati for fourth-place in the conference standings.
Up Next: ECU closes its four-match homestand with a Sunday contest against AAC foe Memphis. First serve is set for 1 p.m.