Volleyball

Senior right side Bri Wood tosses the ball up in preparation to serve against University of Memphis on  Oct. 2.

East Carolina Volleyball (6-7-0, 2-2-0 American Athletic Conference) is set to play against Temple University (4-11-0, 0-4-0 AAC) on Oct. 8 at home in Greenville, North Carolina, in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.

The game will take place on Student Pirate Club Night and will start at 6 p.m. This will be Pirate volleyball’s sixth conference game of the season and will be broadcast by ESPN+. The team recently won with a clean sweep against The University of Memphis on Oct. 3 in Greenville with a final score of 3-0. 

From 2014 to 2021, ECU volleyball has a history of four wins and eight losses against the Temple Owls. The Pirates will face Temple University for the third time this year, as the two teams last saw each other on March 12 and March 13. In the first matchup on March 12, the Pirates won against the Owls 3-0. 

In the March 12 match, senior right-side Bri Wood reached a career milestone with her 1,000th kill. Current senior Natalie Tyson made 14 kills, outside hitter Sania Mccoy achieved a personal best of 10 kills and senior Sydney Kleinman walked away with six kills and two aces. The Pirates finished the match with a .204 hitting percentage while Temple wrapped up with a .094 hitting percentage, according to ECUPirates.

In the first set of the March 12 game, the Pirates had the lead off the bat before Temple had the chance to even up the score at 13-12. Both teams battled back and forth for the lead and the Temple Owls went into a timeout. In the end, the Pirates were able to walk away from the first set with a win and a final score of 20-25. 

In the second set, both teams were at a tie that was broken with a kill from Tyson. From there, Pirate volleyball took the lead at 11-9 and continued on with a strong offense and defense as Temple University managed to catch up to the Pirates. The Owls tied the score for the second time in the set but a block from ECU allowed for the team to walk away with a 25-22 win for the Pirates. In the third set, Mccoy started off with a kill on the Owls and the Pirates finished the third set with a final score of 20-25, Pirates. 

The next day, the purple and gold took on Temple University once again and lost 1-3. The Pirates finished with a .230 hitting percentage while Temple had a .235. Temple came out with a stronger defense and was ready to take on the Pirates. 

Temple graduate student Miray Bolukbasi made 19 kills throughout the game. In the first set of the March 13 game, East Carolina initially held the lead at 20-14. Temple was able to catch up and scored five points in a row on the Pirates. In the end, Temple won the first set of the game and walked away with a score of 23-25.

In the second set, both teams came out with strong serves and hits as the final score came to 25-27, with Temple on top. ECU won the third set of the game with a final score of 16-25, the last set of the game the Owls won 25-17. The Pirates and Temple both have players that will meet up once again at the Oct. 6 match. 

East Carolina recently played against the University of Memphis (8-8-0, 1-3-0 AAC) on Oct. 3, and won 3-0 in Minges Coliseum. Kleinman made 19 kills in the game along with one ace, while Tyson made nine kills and three blocks. Wood also made her presence known on the court with five kills, one ace and two blocks. Freshman middle blocker Amelia Davis made four kills and two blocks for the Pirates.

The two teams tied multiple times throughout the duration of the match. Bri Wood started the match off with a serve for the Pirates, the Memphis Tigers then came in with a kill from graduate student Elizabeth Orf. The score then tied at 3-3 but the Pirates were able to break away with two more points that brought the score to 5-3. The first set of the game ended in favor of the Pirates 25-12.

In the second set and third sets of the game, the two teams continued to tie as they fought for the game lead. Ultimately the Pirates won both sets with 25-21 in the second and 25-22 in the third. East Carolina finished the fourth conference game of the season with a .220 hitting percentage while Memphis hit with a .075.

The Pirates’ next opponent, Temple University, played The University of Houston (13-3-0, 3-1-0 AAC) on Oct. 3 and lost 0-3. The Houston Cougars were able to gain an early lead on the Owls and did not let up until the end of the game. Bolukbasi made 12 kills and four blocks and her teammate redshirt Peyton Boyd made six kills and three blocks.

Both teams will battle it out at Williams Arena as they continue on with their conference seasons. The Pirates will play Wichita State University (7,6,0-1,3,0 ACC) next on Oct. 15 in Wichita, Kansas, and the game will be broadcasted through ESPN+.

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