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East Carolina volleyball team looks to make its 400th win.

East Carolina volleyball head coach Julie Torbett is going for her 400th win at the division one level in her team’s double-header matches next Tuesday against NC Central and NC A&T.

Such a large amount of wins would be enough to make many people lose focus, but not for Torbett, as she modestly looks towards her next game as another day to just make her team better.

Torbett humbly said that 400 wins would just be yet another number to her, something that is not too significant. Still, while Torbett’s focus is to get one, if not two, wins on Tuesday to reach 400, she currently sits just 11 wins away from becoming the winningest head coach in ECU volleyball history.

“It’s really just a number at this point,” Torbett said. “It’s an honor to be coaching this long, and I’ve been coaching for 24 years, so it’ll just be another game. We didn’t really focus or talk about it, I don’t even know if the girls know.”

Her team, however, is well aware of her upcoming feat, as ECU senior middle hitter Natalie Montini said that her teammates have discussed it this past week. She has been a part of many of Torbett’s victories over the past two and a half season’s, as she has been on the team for 48 of Coach Torbett’s 399 wins. Montini says being a part of Torbett’s 400th win would be extremely special for not only her, but her teammates as well.

“It would be crazy...it would be awesome just because we have been with her, there’s four of us that have been here the past three years she has been here,” Montini said. “We have been a part of all the ups and downs, so to be a part of such a big accomplishment like that, your 400th win, that would be awesome to go out like that your senior year.”

While Torbett is humble in the amount of wins she has amounted in her career, Montini acknowledged just how impressive 400 wins really is at such a high level of volleyball.

“That is a lot of volleyball,” Montini said. “A lot of good volleyball too. It’s really exciting for coach, and we are really happy for her, and we are just ready for that 400th win to come.”

Having played for Torbett the past three and a half years, Montini has been through a lot with the team, including last year’s first season at .500 in over 10 years. She says that playing for Torbett has given her friendships and experiences she will never forget.

“It’s been an amazing opportunity, and an amazing experience,” Montini said. “It’s something I wouldn’t change for the world. These girls truly are my sisters, we do everything together, whether it be on the court or off the court. It’s just exciting to be able to go out senior year after four years, graduating from ECU, it’s super exciting.”

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