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East Carolina publishes Senior Day Sweep of Temple

GREENVILLE, NC – Two late-seeded comebacks helped East Carolina to a 3-0 (25-18, 29-27, 26-24) American Athletic Conference win over Temple on Wednesday afternoon at the Williams Arena at the Minges Coliseum.

The Pirates (12-19, 7-11 AAC) finished their home table with a 7-6 record while also securing their seventh league win — the second-highest in a single season for the program since joining AAC. The Owls fell to 10-20 and 4-15. ECU finished Temple’s relay series sweep, winning seven of the last 10 meetings.

Angeles Alderete recorded another 20+ kills – her 12th of the season – and finished her first campaign at the Minges Coliseum with 21 kills, five digs and a .357 batting average. Izzy Marinelli added 12 kills, five digs, and a .258 hit mark to her ledger Kenzie Beckham Tie for the match high with 13 digs.

East Carolina ran an efficient offense, totaling 43 kills and committing just 13 errors to hit .306. The visitors didn’t fare as well, accumulating 20 errors in 121 attempts to hit .190. The Pirates also possessed a sizeable advantage in total blocks (8.0-2.0) and total digs (52-36).

The Purple and Gold fell behind 12-9 to start, before responding with a 5-2 run to tie the score at 14 after a Marinelli kill. ECU moved forward from there, scoring 15 of the next 18 points to meet the set point at 24-18. Temple faltered on the last rally and sent the ball wide.

With a 16 tie in the second frame, the Owls took the lead with a kill from Taylor Davenport. Temple seemed in control towards the end of proceedings, leading 24-22, but a Marinelli kill and an attacking error from Davenport gave the stanza extra points. After the sides battled to a 27-27 deadlock, Alderete and Shaylynn Hall teamed up for a block and Alderete knocked down a kill to give the Pirates the set.

East Carolina faced one of its biggest deficits of the day in game three, falling 15-10 after a Jelena Prolic kill. A 10-5 pirate run got the home side back in the thick of things when Alderete matched Beckham’s assist for a 20th equaliser. The Owls had two chances to finish the frame, leading by 24:22, but Alderete and Marinelli responded with back-to-back kills to keep it going. Temple couldn’t find a foothold in the end, giving ECU the set and sweep through two offensive misfires.

Next: East Carolina wraps up the 2022 campaign with a 6 p.m. first serve Friday night in Cincinnati.

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