The East Carolina volleyball team (9-17, 5-12 American Athletic Conference) added to its losing streak as the team fell to the University of Tulsa (14-12, 9-8 AAC) in a tough match Nov. 19 in Williams Arena at Minges Stadium.
ECU went into the match on a three-game losing streak and fresh off of a 1-3 loss against Tulane University (16-12, 9-7 AAC) on Nov 14. The Golden Hurricane, however, came to Greenville off a win against Temple University (5-23,1-16 AAC) with the hopes to take home another.
ECU began the match making the first serve, but the ball was sent out of bounds allowing Tulsa to be the first with points on the board in the opening set. After the first point was made for ECU, the teams continued back and forth with neither able to break away with a lead of more than two points.
Tulsa eventually managed to break away with a 17-11 lead but the Pirates were not about to leave those points unanswered. The fight the Pirates put up was not enough and with an end score of 20-25, Tulsa took the first set.
The second set started out like the first, both teams battling back and forth until the Pirates were able to pull ahead with a 9-5 point lead. Tulsa was able to match those points shortly after putting the score of the set at 9-9. The pace continued with each point made being matched by the other team. Eventually, Tulsa was able to take the second set 23-25.
With a two-set lead, Tulsa fought to close the match out, pulling ahead quickly. ECU didn’t allow TU to end the game with a sweep as the team fought to match every point made by Tulsa. After reaching a 20-20 tie, the Pirates took charge and after a kill by freshman middle blocker Amelia Davis, they were able to come out on top of the third set 26-24.
The two teams stayed neck and neck for the majority of the fourth set but the Pirates were able to pull out another win tying the match 2-2. Tulsa wasn’t finished and after two losing sets they pushed to come out on top, ending the fifth set quickly 15-10 and allowing them to take the match.
The Pirates were led by senior outside hitter Natalie Tyson who finished the game with a total of 20 kills as well as an ace and senior right side Bri Wood who finished the game with 16 kills and two aces.
Despite the Pirates’ back-to-back wins in the third and fourth sets, they were unable to keep the streak going to defeat the Golden Hurricane. The match ended with Tulsa on top 2-3, which put ECU on a four game losing streak as they head into their last home game of the season.
The Pirates played at home again on Nov. 21 as they faced Wichita State (17-9, 11-6 AAC) on senior day to fight to break the losing streak, but lost with a final score of 3-1. The match began at noon and was broadcasted live on ESPN+.