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ECU ROUNDUP: Volleyball surging behind big offense

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East Carolina's Toya Osuegbu serves in Minges Coliseum on Sept. 6, 2018.

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ECU, Staff reports

Monday, October 8, 2018

East Carolina junior middle blocker Toya Osuegbu was named American Athletic Conference volleyball offensive player of the week on Monday, adding to the Pirates’ recent surge on the court and in the league.

It was Osuegbu’s first-career weekly honor and the Pirates’ first since Bri Wood on Oct. 9, 2017.

Osuegbu led the Pirates to a pair of AAC victories at Connecticut and Temple during the weekend, helping ECU (12-4, 4-1 American) extend its win streak to five matches. She averaged 3.00 kills, 3.38 points and 0.62 blocks per set in the pair of four-set victories over UConn and Temple.

ECU is tied for third place in the conference standings. 

Complementing Osuegbu against Temple in a 3-1 win (20-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-22) on Sunday in Philadelphia was Sydney Kleinman, who set a career-high offensively with 19 kills.

“I was very happy with our offensive performance today,” coach Julie Torbett said in a release. “We had multiple weapons going and Sydney Kleinman had a heck of a day on her birthday.”

Osuegbu hit at a .447 percentage during ECU’s two most recent wins. She began the weekend with a team-high 12 kills, four blocks and a .556 percentage against the Huskies.

Elsewhere at ECU

A trio of Pirate men left with flight titles at the Spider Tennis Invitational, hosted by Richmond.

Led by Wisse Jonker, ECU went 14-6 overall and claimed a singles flight title for the second straight tournament. Jonker, a sophomore from The Netherlands, won all four of his matches, dropping just one set along the way.

In doubles, Simon Labbe and Javier Renones teamed to win their first title together. They took three straight matches in flight C, beating teams from Georgetown, Campbell and William & Mary.

The ECU men’s golf team finished the Wolfpack Intercollegiate in fifth place Sunday at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus. The Pirates carded a 54-hole total of 14-under-par for their first top-five of the season.

Blake Taylor led ECU in Round 3 with a 3-under 69, following rounds of 69 and 68 on Saturday to finish 10-under (206) to claim third place.

In women’s soccer, a three-goal scoring spree by 25th-ranked South Florida (8-2-0, 3-1-0) during the midway point of the match guided the host Bulls, 4-0, over the Pirates (7-5-2, 2-4-0). ECU completes the regular season with three straight home matches, beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. versus Connecticut. 

And the swimming and the diving season began for East Carolina in a close and intense matchup in men’s action, but the Pirates lost their season-opening dual meet against North Carolina in Minges Natatorium by scores of 159-141 for the men and 196-99 on the women's side.

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