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East Carolina University volleyball (9-16, 5-11 American Athletic Conference) will play against the University of Tulsa (13-12, 8-8 AAC) on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in Greenville, North Carolina. 

ECU volleyball will be back at home after a couple of games away on the road in Houston, Texas, and New Orleans, Louisiana. The game will take place in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum as the team continues on with its conference season. Fans in attendance will be dressed in black in honor of East Carolina's “Paint It Black” night.

The Pirates last took on Tulsa earlier this season on Oct. 17 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ECU lost 1-3 in the four-set game, managing to win in the second set of the game. The final scores came to be 25-19, 25-22, 25-27 and 21-25. Although the Pirates made a season-high number of kills, at the moment it was not enough to beat out Tulsa. 

ECU was able to walk away from the game with a total of 61 kills, 58 assists and a .235 hitting percentage. In the end, the Golden Hurricanes and the purple and gold tied with the number of kills and assists, however, Tulsa managed to outhit the Pirates with an average of .264.

Senior outside hitter Sydney Kleinman reached 1,000 kills and digs and made 22 kills in the game against Tulsa, and senior right-side Bri Wood made 17 kills. Senior outside hitter Natalie Tyson made nine kills and freshman middle blocker Amelia Davis made five. For Tulsa, junior outside hitter Kayley Cassaday made 21 kills and three blocks while her teammate graduate student middle blocker Maggie Hembreen made 12 kills.

Tulsa most recently played against Temple University (5-22,1-15 AAC) and won 3-0 on Nov. 14. Before Tulsa's win against Temple, the Golden Hurricanes lost three straight conference games against Tulane University (16-22, 9-7 AAC), the University of Houston (23-5, 13-3 AAC) and Wichita State University (17-8, 11-5 AAC) earlier this month.

Cassaday came in with 19 kills for her team and senior setter Roosa Rautio made 43 assists.  Junior outside hitter Aysu Dalogullari made 10 kills with one block and freshman outside hitter Bailey Rowe made eight kills. According to Tulsahurricane, the game was a close call in the second set but Tulsa was ultimately able to come out on top in each set.

East Carolina will enter the Tulsa game on a loss after losing 3-1 to Tulane University on Nov. 14. ECU has lost its last three conference games, two of the games 0-3 against the University of Central Florida (22-6, 15-1 AAC) and the University of Houston.

In East Carolina’s Nov. 14 game, ECU managed to win the third set of the game 25-21, the rest of the sets came out to be 25-19, 27-29 and 23-25. Tyson made a double-double along with 20 kills, one ace and one block while Wood and Davis both finished with 11 kills. Defensive specialist/libero Tia Shum made a career-best of 28 digs.

In the end, the Pirates made a total of 57 kills, 69 points, 44 assists and seven blocks. Tulane made 60 kills, 76 points and 53 assists and hit a .214 while ECU hit a .192. As East Carolina prepares to take on Tulsa a look back at the history of the two teams shows that ECU has not won against Tulsa since 2017.

Oct. 1, 2017, was the last time the Pirates won against Tulsa. The final score of the game came out to be 3-1 and took place in Greenville. Before the win 2017, the Pirates had not won against Tulsa for over 10 years with the first win back in October of 2005, 3-1 also in Greenville.

After the Nov. 19 game against Tulsa, ECU volleyball will have three more scheduled games of the conference season. The Nov. 21 games will be against Wichita State, the University of Cincinnati (15-9,10-6 AAC) on Nov. 24 and Temple University on Nov. 27. All of the games will be broadcasted on ESPN+ for fans to view.

ECU will next take on Wichita State on Nov. 21 at noon in Greenville, this will be Pirate Volleyball’s last home game of the conference season. The two teams last faced each other on Oct. 15 in Wichita, Kansas, with a final score of 2-3 in favor of Wichita.

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