ECU: Volleyball now tied for 4th
ECU, staff reports
Monday, November 20, 2017
East Carolina volleyball couldn’t turn its early advantage into a win Sunday afternoon in New Orleans, where Tulane rallied for a 3-2 victory (23-25, 15-25, 25-17, 25-19, 15-9) against the Pirates.
The upset by Tulane dropped ECU (20-11, 11-7) into a tie for fourth place with Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference. ECU and the Bearcats (13-17, 11-7) play twice this week to complete the regular season.
The fourth set between Tulane (14-17, 3-15 AAC) and the Pirates was tied at 14-14 before the Green Wave took control and won 25-19. The Wave then scored six of the first seven points in the decisive set.
Lael Ceriani was ECU’s leader with 13 kills and she also provided 13 digs for a double-double. Tulane’s Lexie Douglas had 18 kills.
The Green Wave, which lost 3-2 to East Carolina in Greenville on Oct. 13, posted a .256 to .185 edge in hitting percentage.
After a home loss to Central Connecticut State last Friday night that surprised many people, East Carolina’s basketball team is back at home for tonight’s game against Cleveland State in Minges Coliseum.
Tip off is at 7 p.m.
Both teams are 1-2. For ECU, it has lost consecutive outings, falling 73-66 to Redford and then 79-68 to CCSU in a game in which the hosts led for only 4:02.
Veterans Kentrell Barkley (15.3 points per game) and B.J. Tyson (14.3) are leading the way, as expected, for an East Carolina squad mainly void of experienced post players.
CSU and ECU do have a common opponent in Coppin State. The Pirates beat Coppin State 76-50 to begin the season, and Cleveland State just got a win over Coppin with an 80-56 victory on Friday.
Guard Kenny Carpenter was 10-of-17 from the field and 6-of-11 from 3 point range — totaling 26 points — for Cleveland in its win.