The East Carolina volleyball team looked to end its losing streak against the Connecticut Huskies and the Temple Owls, but ended up losing in four sets to the Huskies and three sets to the Owls.
Sunday, the Pirates looked to get back on track against the Owls to avoid losing their sixth game in a row.
The first set looked good for the Pirates early, but the errors ended up costing the team key points which could have been used to help them win the set. The Owls took advantage of the errors and ended up winning the set 25-16.
The second set started off like it did in the first set, but this time the Pirates’ defense was unable to finish off the Owls at the end. The Pirates stayed close to the Owls, only allowing the them to go up three points before getting possession back. The final score was 25-19 and the Owls went up 2-0 in the matchup.
The final set came down to the wire for the Pirates. They trailed by as many as eight points before mounting a comeback. The Pirates got two kills and forced two errors in four straight possessions. The comeback came too late as they fell to the Owls, 25-20 to give them their sixth loss in a row.
Against the Owls, senior I’Tiana Taylor led the way for the Pirates with 12 kills, junior Natalie Montini added 10 kills and senior Ashley McRae had eight.
On Friday, the Pirates were riding a four-game losing streak when they traveled to face the Huskies after losing both games at home to the Tulsa Hurricanes and the Southern Methodist Mustangs.
The first set was a back-and-forth contest for the Pirates. Whenever the Huskies went on a run, the Pirates responded with one of their own. Until the end of the set, the biggest lead was four points which belonged to the Huskies. The attack errors at the end caused the Pirates to fall 25-18, after staying close throughout the set.
The second set was more controlled by the Huskies early but the Pirates began to climb back into the contest by cutting the deficit from six to four. After that the Huskies stymied a potential Pirate comeback, winning the second set 25-19.
The third set was the Pirates’ last chance to stay in the game. The Pirates fell behind by as much as six points early, but were able to come back and tie the score at nine. After that it was a back-and-forth contest from both teams. This time however, the Pirates maintained control in the end and won the third set 25-21.
After the winning the third set, the Pirates looked to force a fifth set. The Pirates struggled early but came back from seven down to force the Huskies to win by two. The Huskies scored the last two points off of kills to win the fourth set 26-24, giving the Pirates their fifth consecutive loss in a row.
Looking forward, the 14-12 Pirates will have home court advantage this upcoming weekend against the Houston Cougars and the Tulane Green Wave.