Ada — The East Central University women’s tennis team will play the majority of its Great American Conference matches over the next nine days. The Lady Tigers (3-12, 0-1 GAC) have played just one GAC match this season, falling to Southern Nazarene (4-5).
Henderson State is the first team on the list of league matches, taking on the Tigers at 3 p.m. today in Arkadelphia, Ark. The Lady Reddies are 3-11 overall and 0-4 in the GAC having faced Arkansas Tech, Harding, Southeastern and Southern Nazarene already this season.
ECU will then face Ouachita Baptist, Saturday at 10 a.m. in Arkadelphia, Ark. The Lady Tigers have struggled this season falling to 0-13 overall and 0-2 in league play.
The next test will be a road match at Arkansas Tech, Tuesday, April 8 at 3 p.m. ATU is ranked No. 29 in the nation in the ITA polls and No. 2 in the Central Region. The Golden Suns are 12-2 overall and 4-0 in the GAC.
The Lady Tigers will then wrap up the GAC season with two home matches at Mayhue Courts. ECU will host Southeastern Oklahoma State, Thursday, April 10 at 2 p.m. and Harding, Saturday, April 12 at 9 a.m.
Southeastern is 4-8 overall and 1-1 in the GAC so far this season. Harding is currently ranked No. 10 in the Central Region and has a 9-4 overall mark and 2-0 GAC record.
Busy week ahead for ECU men
ADA — The East Central University men’s tennis team will play all three of its Great American Conference matches in a week, starting 10 a.m. Saturday at Ouachita Baptist.
The Tigers are currently 6-8 overall and are ranked No. 9 in the Central Region.
OBU is 4-6 overall this season and moved into the No. 40 spot in the national ITA polls and No. 3 in the Central Region.
ECU will then be idle until Thursday, April 10 when it host Southeastern Oklahoma State at Mayhue Courts at 2 p.m. The Savage Storm are ranked No. 8 in the Central Region after starting the season 5-6.
The final GAC match of the year is set for Saturday, April 12 at 9 a.m. at Mayhue Courts against Harding. The Bisons moved up to the No. 47 spot in the ITA national rankings and currently are tied for fourth in the Central Region.
Women’s golfers settle for sixth
HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. — The East Central University women’s golf team finished sixth, out of 13 teams at the Natural State Spring Classic hosted by Harding University at Red Apple Country Club.
The Lady Tigers finished with a team score of 697 (353-344), cutting nine strokes off their day two total. ECU finished above Great American Conference teams Southern Arkansas (9th), Harding (10th), Northwestern Oklahoma State (12th) and Ouachita Baptist (13th), but trailed Henderson State (1st), Arkansas Tech (2nd) and Southern Nazarene (5th).
Freshman Molli Taylor led ECU, finishing 24th individually with a 170 (87-83). Junior Shay Shaw finished tied for 31st, with a 174 (85-89).
Sophomore Sarah Delong added a 175 (89-86) for 34th, while junior Lindsey Lunceford was tied for 36th with a 178 (92-86). Junior Payton Taylor rounded out the field for ECU with a 184 (94-90), good for 42nd.
The Lady Tigers will now have a week to prepare for the Great American Conference Tournament, April 12-15 at Hot Springs Country Club.
Men’s golfers tie for seventh
HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. — The East Central University men’s golf team finished the Natural State Spring Classic tied for seventh, out of 11 teams.
The Tigers finished with a 615 (304-311). ECU finished behind Harding (T1st), Southeastern (T1st), Southern Nazarene (T4th) and Southern Arkansas (6th). The Tigers did finished higher than Northwestern Oklahoma State (9th) and Ouachita Baptist (10th) from teams from the Great American Conference.
Sophomore Jordan Bates was the top finisher individually, with a 150 (74-76) and tied for 15th. Senior Jed Williams was tied for 18th, with a 152 (74-78).
Sophomore Jason Goben finished three strokes behind with a 155 (79-76) and tied for 29th. Senior Travis Arnold and junior Grant Bates rounded out the field for ECU, tied for 46th with 161 scores. Arnold shot 77 and 84, while Bates shot 80 and 81.
The Tigers will play in their final tournament of the season before the GAC Tournament. ECU will travel to Midwest City to participate in the Oklahoma Baptist Spring Invitational at the John Conrad Golf Course, April 7-8.
— By TERI LAJEUNESSE