GREENVILLE, N.C. - After taking an early 1-0 lead against Tulane, the East Carolina volleyball team could not hold on, falling 3-1 on Sunday afternoon inside Minges Coliseum in front of a crowd of 231. The Pirates fall to 12-9 on the season and 3-3 in conference play while the Green Wave improves to 16-4 overall and 6-1 in C-USA. Three ECU players recorded double-digit kills in the match.
The Pirates went out in front 8-4 early in game one, forcing Tulane to take a timeout. However, the Green Wave would go on an 8-5 run, taking the lead back at 13-12 and inducing an ECU timeout. A 7-4 stretch by the Pirates put them back in front 19-17. ECU would not look back, coasting to a 30-23 win in the frame.
Tulane rolled to a 14-5 advantage in the second game. A 5-3 run forced the Pirates to take a timeout but it proved ineffective as the Green Wave took the frame 30-18.
Tulane forced a pair of ECU timeouts early in game three as they took leads of 10-5 and 13-8. The Pirates would get within 19-15 and 24-20 but the Green Wave proved too much, taking the third frame 30-24
The teams stayed close throughout the fourth game until ECU went ahead 18-16 to force Tulane to call a timeout. The frame stayed tight as the score went back and forth. With the game tied at 27, Tulane used two kills and a service ace to close out the match with a 30-27 victory.
Seniors Kelley Wernert and Mignon Dubenion, as well as sophomore Peyton Thompson, each enjoyed double-digit kills with 19, 13 and 10 respectively. Wernert now sits just nine kills away from breaking the career record. Junior Trish Monroe led the defense with 10 digs. Freshman Katie Koop dished out 44 assists for an 11.0 assist per game average.
The Green Wave enjoyed a strong hitting effort, recording percentages of .422 or more in three of the four frames. On the match, Tulane out-hit the Pirates .396 to .344 and out-dug them 48-36. ECU won the battle at the net, out-blocking the Green Wave 10-6.
The Pirates continue their four-game homestand on Friday when the Memphis Tigers travel to Greenville. The conference contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Minges Coliseum.