ECU basketball to hold open practice
ECU, Staff reports
Monday, October 7, 2019
East Carolina basketball will hold an open practice Thursday in Minges Coliseum for fans to get a look at the Pirates’ revamped team.
The practice will begin at 4:30 p.m. and is slated to end at 6:30.
This year's team features 11 scholarship newcomers, including seven junior college transfers. The two returnees are senior Seth LeDay and sophomore Jayden Gardner. ECU’s first game is Nov. 5 in Minges against Virginia Military Institute.
Season tickets are on sale, with prices starting at $125.
The ECU women's basketball team, which opens its season Nov. 6 at home versus Middle Tennessee, also will hold an open practice on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The women's season tickets begin at $45.
Volleyball’s 13th win
The East Carolina volleyball team picked up its first American Athletic Conference win of the season last Friday in sweeping visiting South Florida 3-0.
The sweep got the Pirates to 13 wins to match last year’s win total. ECU (13-4, 1-3) then lost 3-0 to UCF on Sunday.
Against USF, the Pirates recorded their highest single-match hitting percentage in an AAC match, putting down 52 kills on 102 attempts with seven errors for a .441 mark.
"I felt like our offense was really clicking as we made very few hitting errors and got a lot of kills,” coach Julie Torbett said in a release. “That is something we have really been working toward.”
Sydney Kleinman led the way with 19 kills and a .586 hitting percentage, while Bri Wood notched 11 kills. Junior libero Brandee Markwith shined with a double-double of 10 assists and 10 digs.
In a field that featured hundreds of runners, the East Carolina cross country program turned in a slew of personal-best times during the Paul Short Run at Lehigh in Pennsylvania.
ECU’s women finished 22nd out of 41 teams. The men took 34th in a 45-squad race.
“Fifteen out of our 17 runners had personal bests,” Pirate coach Josey Weaver said. “This was a good test and measuring point for us one month away from our conference championships.”
Josh Spare was the top performer for the Pirates on the men’s side, running the fifth-fastest 8K time in school history at 24:16 to finish in 58th place. Dean Abushouk ran a 24:51 time.
In the women’s 6K, Nuria Tillo-Prats led ECU for the second straight meet when she ran the sixth-best time in program history at 21:08 to finish 86th. Mikayla Stoudt stayed 10th on the school’s 6K top-10 list with a time of 21:22. Teammate Abby Yourkavitch was a second behind Stoudt.