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ECU volleyball in 3rd place


East Carolina's Shelby Martin (2) celebrates with teammates during a match in Minges Coliseum on Sept. 19. ECU beat N.C. Central and N.C. A&T that day to start a 6-2 run in eight matches.


ECU, staff reports

Sunday, October 8, 2017

An undefeated weekend moved East Carolina volleyball into a tie for third place in the American Athletic Conference standings on Sunday.

The Pirates got there by adding to Friday’s 3-1 victory at Temple with another 3-1 win Sunday, this time at Connecticut with scores of 20-25, 25-23, 25-17 and 25-20. It put the Pirates (12-6) at 4-2 in the American and in a three-way tie with Temple and Cincinnati behind league unbeaten squads Wichita State and SMU.

ECU also is 6-2 in its last eight matches.

“We definitely had to work for this win, but I am proud of the way we responded after the first set,” ECU coach Julie Torbett said in a release. “Connecticut had a great game plan and deserves a lot of credit for that. It’s great to be heading home with two road wins in two tough places to play.”

The Pirates, whose next two matches are at home Friday and Sunday, finished in 10th place in the AAC in 2016 and ‘15. Their league record last year was 5-15.

Following a .000 performance in the hitting department in Set 1, the Pirates responded with .387, .415 and .346 showings in the final three stanzas to end up at .281.

Seniors Natalie Montini, Ashton Mares and Lael Ceriani recorded 12 kills each. Defensively, Brandee Markwith had 15 digs and Toya Osuegbu racked up eight total blocks.


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Five of the six recruits, excluding 7-foot-2 Bosnia native Milan Stakic, are slated to begin classes and…


June 19, 2018

A pair of East Carolina women’s basketball recruits, who will join the team this week along with two others, were recently named to All-Star teams in their respective states.

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June 19, 2018

The time just after former East Carolina pole vaulter Brie Berkowitz completed her master’s degree at ECU was defined by a series of internships.

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June 18, 2018

The consistency shown by East Carolina football coaches was key during the recruitment of Farmville Central rising senior defensive lineman Keziah Everett and that led to Everett verbally committing to the Pirates on Monday.

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June 17, 2018

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June 16, 2018

East Carolina sophomore outfielder Bryant Packard earned his school-record seventh All-America honor after being named a first-teamer by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Saturday.

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June 14, 2018

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Anne Donovan, the Basketball Hall of Famer and former East Carolina women’s head coach who won a national championship at Old Dominion, two Olympic gold medals in the 1980s and coached the U.S. to gold in 2008, died Wednesday of heart failure. She was 56.

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