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Bulldogs net 18th victory at Vance-Granville

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Pitt Community College's Taji Moore drives down the court during a game against Lenoir C.C. on Dec. 12, 2018. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)

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The Daily Reflector

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Pitt Community College basketball team ran its season record to 18-6 on Saturday afternoon with an 84-73 road victory at Vance-Granville.

The Bulldogs were paced by Taji Moore’s 15 points and six assists, along with 15 points from Rovel Ray, 12 points and seven rebounds from Damar Sutton and 10 points from Reggie Clark.

PCC plays at Guilford Tech on Saturday.

ECU lacrosse

It’s two wins in two games for the ECU women’s lacrosse team after an 18-11 triumph over Gardner-Webb at home on Sunday afternoon, matching the team’s win total from last season already.

Brittany Borchers (two goals and school-record four assists) and Megan Pallozzi (four goals and two assists) both kept their early-season streaks going. The Pirates’ 18 goals also were a team record, as were Christina White’s 16 saves in goal.

After ECU built an 8-2 lead, the Bulldogs closed the gap with a 4-1 swing to head into the locker room trailing just 9-6.

ECU got late goals from Bowman, Borchers, Nicole Legar, Camryn Pennypacker, Pallozzi and Hannah Rzempoluch all bagging second-half goals to create the final score.

ECU is off until taking on North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Sunday.

ECU softball

The ECU softball team capped off a 4-1 weekend at the Spartanburg (S.C.) Classic on Sunday, losing a 3-1 decision to Miami Ohio before ending the tournament in style with a 3-1 over tourney host SC Upsate.

Sophomore Erin Poepping (3-0) threw a complete game in the circle against USC Upstate, scattering four hits while allowing one earned run. She struck out seven batters and walked one. Ashley Weingartz doubled, singled and drove in a run to lead the Pirates.

In their lone Saturday game at the tourney, the Pirates piled home straight 14 runs, including 12 in the fourth inning, to overturn a five-run deficit an cinch a 14-5 win over Towson.

Sophomore Tyler King continued her torrid start to the season, going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Rachel McCollum ripped a three-run, go-ahead home run as part of her four-RBI day. Ashleigh Inae, Kendra Ziemba, Ashley Weingartz and Abigail Umphlett (two doubles) added two hits each in the win.

Poepping secured the win in relief, tossing 3.1 scoreless innings.

ECU begins a 16-game homestand next weekend when it hosts the Pirate Clash. 

ECU women’s tennis

ECU returns home with a pair of wins over conference opponents after beating Memphis 4-2 on Saturday afternoon in Tennessee on the heels of a 4-1 victory on Friday over Tulane in New Orleans.

ECU won doubles matches on the top two courts to take an early lead, as the tandems of Celia Ruiz and Minette Van Vreden and Alisa Diercksen and Lisa Hofbauer each recorded ECU victories.

After Memphis won two of the first three singles matches, Diercksen, Martina Paladini-Jennings and Hofbauer rolled to wins to seal the match for the Pirates (2-2), who host James Madison on Friday.

At Tulane, Hofbauer, Diercksen, Ruiz and Van Vreden secured the victory with singles wins.

ECU men’s tennis

The Pirates capped a perfect weekend on Sunday afternoon with a 4-0 shutout of Appalachian State.

ECU (7-1) dominated the doubles round, as Austin Allen and Diogo Marques did not drop a single game, and Wisse Jonker and Ronny Georgi clinched the point with their win.

Jonker, who has an ECU-best 13-6 record this season and is 7-1 in dual matches, cruised in singles along with Vlad Anghel, who won his 10th match of the season. Marques rounded out the wins.

On Friday, ECU clinched a 4-3 win over Richmond on the sixth and final court.

Anghel, Jonker, Georgi and Will Bissett all recorded wins in the singles round to offset a pair of setbacks in the doubles round.

Marques-Allen won the lone doubles match for the Pirates.

ECU track and field

In its last meet before the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, ECU captured four event titles at the Darius Dixon Memorial at Liberty University.

Senior Courtney Warner picked up a pair of event crowns in the 60m and 200m, crossing the finish line in respective times of 7.53 and 24.44. Classmate Grace Sullivan also performed well, winning the mile run in a time of 4:56.82 before capturing second in the 1,000m.

The women’s 4x400 relay team of Brooke Stith, D’Nia Freeman, Shellbi Chapman and Cedrina Singletary ran a season-best time of 3:43.40 to claim second place. Additionally, senior Kourtney Edwards-Campbell posted a season-best mark in the weight throw, clearing 18.89 meters for a second-place result.

On the men’s side, senior D’Ante Yarborough won the 60-meter hurdles with his fastest time of the season at 8.11.

The AAC Indoor Championships are scheduled for Feb. 22-23 in Birmingham, Ala.

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