Sydney Kleinman

Junior outside hitter Sydney Kleinman.

The East Carolina women’s volleyball team is now 12-1 on the season, marking a record breaking start to the year for the program after defeating Campbell University last night by a score of 3-0.

Junior outside hitter Sydney Kleinman ran the offensive score sheet as she had 17 kills in 23 attempts with only two errors and .652 hitting percentage. To add to that, sophomore outside hitter Natalie Tyson had nine kills with one error out of 18 attempts giving her a .444 hitting percentage.

Junior setter Shelby Martin dominated the stat sheet in assists and also earned herself a double-double with 20 assists and 11 digs. On the defensive end, redshirt junior libero Brandee Markwith had the most digs from both sides at 16.

“I just had an on day, I was just feeling good,” Kleinman said.

ECU out hit its opponents with a hitting percentage of .394 to Campbells .204. They also had more kills (49-34), more digs (45-36) and more blocks (3.0-2.0).

"I like when things we work on in practice carry over into matches," head coach Julie Torbett said. "If you have a great game plan, but don't execute it, it's meaningless."

The opening set was a close fought battle as both teams rattled the score back and forth. The Pirates seemed to have early momentum, but the Camels were able to keep the set tight and ended up tying it at 7-7. ECU was eventually able to gain a three point lead at 14-11, but Campbell once again tied it back up at 16-16. The set from there stayed even until they were tied at 23-23. The Pirates were able to take the next two points giving them the win on the first set.

The second set started close as well, as both teams were tied at eight. However, senior Toya Oseugbu and Kleinman blocked a hit from the Camels that allowed the Pirates to go on a 4-0 run. Campbell was able to fight back and tie the set back up at 17 causing the Pirates to call a timeout and regain focus. After the timeout, the Pirates went on an 8-1 run ending the second set with a 2-0 lead.

“They would get pretty close at some times, but we would huddle after each point and everyone would look each other in the eyes and say: ‘settle down we got this,’” Martin said.

In the third stanza, the Pirates came out firing, building them an 11-4 lead. Campbell was able to get the set back in reach when they got up to a one point deficit at 12-11. Kleinman got the Pirates back on top after a kill putting them on a run to spark an 18-14 lead. The Camels continued to fight as they brought the set back in reach at 21-19, but the Pirates snagged the win with four out of the next six points.

ECU will be away tonight where they will open up the American Athletic Conference play at the University of Cincinnati. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. inside of Fifth-Third Arena.

"We have been through about every situation in non-conference play, whether it be up two sets, down two sets or tied," Torbett stated. "Now, if we go play a team that's considered better than us in our conference, we can compete with confidence and have that upset mentality."

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