OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. – The East Central University women’s golf team finished fourth at the Great American Conference Preview Wednesday at Lake Hefner (South). The Lady Tigers finished with a score of 641 (319-322), just 21 strokes off the leader, Southwestern Oklahoma State.
“We had the best tournament scores for us so far this fall and it was the toughest weather conditions we have faced,” said head coach Danny Key. “Every member of the team contributed and we left the course with more confidence.”
Sophomore Madison Myers moved up four spots after the first day to finish sixth individually, with a 155 (78-77). Junior Lindsey Lunceford and freshman Molli Taylor were tied for 16th. Lunceford shot a 79 and 84, while Molli Taylor shot 80 and 83 over the two rounds.
Junior Payton Taylor was one stroke behind and tied for 18th, with a 164 (82-82). Senior Megan Dutton rounded out the field for ECU, finishing 24th with a 166 (86-80).
The Lady Tigers will compete in their final tournament of the fall, Oct. 20-22 when they travel to Lawton, Okla., for the Oklahoma Intercollegiate for Women at Fort Sill Golf Course.
Bradford and Glavez earn
GAC Player of the Week Honors
RUSSELLVILLE, ARK. – After going 2-0 over the weekend, two senior East Central University soccer players have earned Great American Conference Player of the Week honors
Senior Ashley Bradford was named the Offensive Player of the Week and Susana Galvez picked up the Defender of the Week award.
Bradford scored both game winning goals for the Lady Tigers over the weekend. She helped ECU hand OBU its first GAC loss of the season. She totaled five shots, four on goal, and a .800 shot on goal percentage for the weekend. She entered the weekend with only one goal on the year
Galvez helped the Lady Tigers pick up a pair GAC victories over the weekend. She helped the team block four shots by Harding. She added a shot on goal while playing all 90 minutes. In the overtime win against Ouachita Baptist, she played all 94 minutes and helped the team block four shots – including two in overtime. She added goal in the OT victory.
The Lady Tigers will now play their final regularly-scheduled matches on the road, starting with a Friday match at Northwestern Oklahoma State at 4 p.m.
Volleyball Falls at Arkansas-Fort Smith
FORT SMITH, ARK. – The East Central University volleyball team lost to Arkansas-Fort Smith, 3-0 (15-25, 19-25, 22-25) in non-conference action on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers (6-13) were led by senior Danielle Essix. Essix tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 24 digs. Sophomore Hayley Gerken added nine kills.
The first set saw ECU fall behind 4-1. The Lions (13-6) then held the Lady Tigers to no more than one point at a time for most of the set and went on to win 25-15.
The teams traded the first four serves before UAFS went on a 7-2 run to take control of the set for good. The Loins didn’t allow ECU to score more than two-straight points through the set and earned the 25-19 win.
The final set saw the Lady Tigers jump out to an 8-3 advantage and ECU used several small runs to gain a 16-9 lead. However, UAFS was not done fighting, as they used a 6-0 run to cut the advantage to one, 16-15. The teams traded the next six serves and it was again the Lions who used a 5-0 run to take the lead for good. The Lady Tigers cut the lead to one through the final few points of the set, but fell 25-22.
ECU will return home and to Great American Conference action this weekend with matches against Arkansas-Monticello (Oct. 18/7 p.m.) and Southern Arkansas (Oct. 19/2 p.m.).
Baldwin Named GAC Cross Country
Runner of the Week
RUSSELLVILLE, ARK. – East Central University men’s cross country senior Will Baldwin has been named the Great American Conference Male Runner of the Week for Oct. 16.
Baldwin recorded his fastest 8K time of the season as he placed seventh at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational. With his time of 25:46, it marked the second time that he led the Tigers in a race. His finish helped the Tigers record a second-place showing at the meet.
The Tigers will now take a week off to prepare for the 2013 GAC Championship hosted by Arkansas Tech Oct. 26.