ECU volleyball picks up 3-0 road victory at Connecticut

STORRS, Conn. (ECU) – East Carolina recorded an important American Athletic Conference victory to close the weekend, sweeping Connecticut 25-20, 25-22, 25-15 Sunday afternoon inside Gampel Pavilion.

The Pirates, who defeated the Huskies for the third-straight time on the road, improve to 14-5 overall and 2-4 in league play. Connecticut dropped to 8-10 and 2-4. ECU is now tied with UConn for third place in the AAC East Division.

Junior Sydney Kleinman posted a match-best 10 kills along with six digs while senior Toya Osuegbu recorded a .545 attacking percentage with seven kills on 11 attempts. Junior Shelby Martin tallied her second double-double of the weekend, distributing 21 assists and collecting 12 digs. Junior libero Brandee Markwith anchored the back row with 15 digs. Jasmine Davis paced the home side with eight kills.

East Carolina hit .220 on the strength of 43 kills while holding Connecticut to .083 efficiency as the Huskies committed 23 attacking errors. The Pirates also held the upper hand in digs (59-55) and the teams finished with six blocks apiece.

With the score knotted at five in the opening stanza, a UConn attacking error sparked a 4-0 ECU run that put the Pirates in control. A second-ball kill by Martin later extended the lead to 12-6 and East Carolina was not seriously threatened after that. Connecticut made a late 3-0 run that reduced its deficit to three, but the Pirates claimed the final two points.

The Huskies raced out to a 5-1 edge in the second before ECU rallied back to grab a 10-9 advantage following a Sydney Hall service ace. The sides traded points in the middle portion of the frame, but the Pirates broke the deadlock with four consecutive scores to pull ahead 18-14. East Carolina later reached set point at 24-21 and clinched the stanza following an attacking error.

Connecticut seized control in the third set, going up 10-6 on a kill by Davis. However, a match-defining 13-1 run by the Pirates ended the suspense. ECU’s cushion stretched to as much as 23-14 before junior Marissa Harmon scored a second-ball kill to seal the sweep.

East Carolina returns to the court next weekend for AAC matches at Houston and Tulane.