Volleyball Drops Match at ECU, 3-2

Nov. 24, 2010

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – In a match that featured 204 total digs, Elizabeth Fleming recorded 14 to surpass the 1,000 dig mark for her collegiate career, but it was not enough as East Carolina outlasted Marshall University, 3-2 (22-25, 25-27, 25-19, 25-13, 8-15) at Minges Coliseum on Wednesday evening in Conference USA volleyball action.

Marshall (11-20, 5-14 C-USA) received 100 total digs as a team, led by freshman libero Dorothy Rahal.  The Venice, Fla., native recorded a career-high 29 digs in the loss.  It marked the most digs in a match by a MU player since Megan Carlson tallied 29 against UCF on Nov. 7, 2008.

Classmate Laura Der added a career-high 23 digs of her own, while Fleming (14) and Ryanne Milligan (13) rounded out the double-digit dig performers.  Fleming has now eclipsed both the 5,000 assist mark and 1,000 dig plateau in her four-year career with the Thundering Herd.

Both Fleming and Der registered double-doubles on the evening as well.  For the senior, South Bend, Ind., native, it marked her 15th double-double of the season as she added a match-best 54 assists to her stat line.  Der added 13 kills in her fifth double-double of the year.

Senior Elizabeth Herman connected for a match-high 15 kills along with four block assists, while junior Cameron Yoho posted ten kills and six total blocks for the Thundering Herd.

“You have to give ECU all the credit,” head coach Mitch Jacobs said.  “They really wanted it and I’ll take all the blame.  I just haven’t figured out how to get this team to play together night in and night out.”

ECU (2-29, 1-18 C-USA) was led by Amanda Lutzow who tallied a double-double with ten kills and 27 digs in the victory.  Nicole Jones added 28 digs and Britney Roper tallied 11 kills and five block assists.

“Today, we deserved to lose to a team that is now 2-29 after our performance,” Jacobs said. “We have beaten the fourth and fifth place teams in the league this year and played great five-game matches against the second and third ranked teams in the conference.  We just haven’t come out focused against the bottom two squads in Conference USA.  We are now 0-3 against the two teams below us in the standings.  I have just not done a very good job this year.”

UP NEXT:  The Marshall volleyball team will conclude the 2010 season with a rematch against ECU on Saturday at 7 p.m. inside the Cam Henderson Center.   The match will serve as senior day for Kelley Bugler, Elizabeth Fleming and Elizabeth Herman.