ECU 3, NC State 2 (19-25, 19-25, 29-27, 25-21, 15-10)
|ECU 3, NC State 2 (19-25, 19-25, 29-27, 25-21, 15-10)
|USF 3, North Florida 1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-13)
|Tulane 3, New Orleans 1 (25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20
|Houston 3, Lamar 1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 25-16)
Battling back from two sets down, East Carolina scored an impressive 19-25, 19-25, 29-27, 25-21, 15-10 victory over ACC foe NC State in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Facing elimination in the third set, ECU extended the frame to 25-25 thanks to a kill from Sydney Kleinman. NC State inched back in front at 27-26 before the Pirates rallied with the final three points of the period on the strength of a kill from Kalee Vanderhorst and consecutive errors by the Wolfpack.
ECU forced a fifth and deciding set after squaring the contest in the fourth. The Pirates broke a 21-all tie with the final four points of the period that included a block assist from Toya Osuegbu and Bri Wood to stun NC State and extend the match forward.
ECU won three straight points on Wood’s serve in the fifth set to pull two points within victory at 13-7. A minor rally from NC State that closed the gap to 14-10 could not stop the Pirates, with a Kleinman kill assisted by Shelby Martin completing the improbable comeback.
Kleinman’s team-high 18 kills and 10 digs set the pace for ECU, while Wood added a double-double of 12 kills and 11 digs. Martin narrowly missed a double-double herself with 35 assists and nine digs.
USF 3, North Florida 1 (25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-13)
USF was victorious in its home opener in Tampa, Florida, dropping North Florida in four sets with scores of 25-23, 23-25, 25-23, 25-13.
USF built a lead as large as five points at various times in the opening set, with a North Florida service error giving the Bulls a 20-15 edge. The visiting Ospreys then embarked on a 5-0 run to tie the frame at 20-all. With the set tied at 22-22, an Ally Barnhart kill and a service ace by Rafaela Biegelmeyer pushed USF to set point. Jac’cara Walker finished off the early win with a kill by way of Biegelmeyer.
After North Florida tied the match at one set apiece, both teams traded points all the way to 19-19 when North Florida took control of set three with a 21-19 lead. USF ultimately won six of the final eight points in the frame and took the set and match advantage with back-to-back kills from Walker and Barnhart.
Looking to put the match away in set four, USF raced out 6-0 behind the serve of Lauren LaBeck. The Bulls did not let the Ospreys within four points for the remainder of the final set, and closed out the match win by tallying the final six points of the night.
Walker led USF with 15 kills and added eight digs, and Lindsey Pliapol posted a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs. LaBeck contributed 28 assists to go along with nine digs and four aces.
Tulane 3, New Orleans 1 (25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20)
Tulane embarked on a brief road trip across the city to the campus of New Orleans and scored a four-set victory from the Privateers, 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20.
The visiting Green Wave stretched a first set lead to six points at 14-8 following a service ace from Kaylie McHugh. New Orleans battled back to close the deficit to just two at 15-13 before Tulane rifled off six straight points for a 21-13 edge. The Green Wave held New Orleans at bay from there, and a Lexie Douglas kill vaulted Tulane ahead in the match.
Tulane never trailed in the second set, leading by as many as six points in the frame’s early going. Kills by Kayla Dinkins, Makala Heidelberg and Lauryn Green provided Tulane with a commanding 2-0 match cushion.
After dropping the third frame to New Orleans, Tulane put the contest away in the fourth set. The Green Wave quickly went from two points down at 12-10 to up 15-12 behind Douglas’ serve. Green ultimately delivered the winning kill later on in the stanza to ice the victory.
Douglas logged a double-double of 11 kills and 11 digs for Tulane, chipping in five service aces. Green paced all Green Wave players with 13 kills, while Heidelberg narrowly missed a double-double with nine kills and 12 digs.
Houston 3, Lamar 1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 25-16)
Houston earned another in-state win for The American with a four-set triumph at Lamar, besting the Cardinals 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 25-16.
The Cougars pushed their first set lead as high as six points at 23-17 on the strength of a kill by Rachel Tullos. With Houston ahead by a score of 24-21 Lamar closed the deficit to just three at 24-21, but Abby Irvine capped off the win in the opening period with a kill.
Houston shook off a loss in the second set to control the final two frames. Consecutive kills by way of Abbie Jackson in the fourth set pushed the Cougars in front of the Cardinals by nine at 21-12. A Jackson kill and a pair of Lamar errors secured the match victory for Houston.
Jackson notched a double-double with a match-high 20 kills and added 12 digs, and Katie Karbo recorded an American Athletic Conference season-high 32 digs for Houston. Irvine added a double-double with 40 assists and 10 digs.