The East Central University volleyball team earned a 3-1 (25-15, 21-25, 25-18, 25-22) win over Southern Arkansas in Great American Conference action at the Kerr Activities Center.
The Lady Tigers (8-13, 5-2 GAC) saw triple-digit kill performances from three players with two earning double-doubles for the match. Senior Danielle Essix led ECU with 16 kills, a .378 (16k-2e-37ta) hitting percentage, two service aces, three blocks and 18 digs. The double-double was her fifth of the season. Senior Noelle Cope added her third double-double of the year with 13 kills, 17 digs, one service ace and two blocks.
ECU came out ready to play in the opening set and took a quick 4-1 advantage. The Lady Tigers kept pushing the momentum and used several smalls runs to take a 15-9 lead. The Muleriders (14-9, 4-4 GAC) then got their first run of the set (3-0) but that was the most they could do and ECU went on to win 25-14.
The second set was a tight battle with six ties and one lead change. The final tie came at 18, when SAU used a 3-0 run to take the needed advantage. The set remained close and the Muleriders earned the 21-25 win.
The third set was close at the start, but after a seven-all tie the Lady Tigers used a few small runs to take a 16-10 advantage. The teams traded points and runs the rest of the set but ECU was able to earn the 25-18 win.
The final set was close all the way and included a 15-minutes delay after a power outage in the arena. The set had seven tie scores and three lead changes, with the final tie coming at 21. The Lady Tigers broke the stalemate with a 3-0 run that put them at match-point (24-21). After holding off one attempt by SAU, ECU earned the 25-22 win on a kill by senior Ashley Williams.
The Lady Tigers earned advantages in hitting percentage (.252 to .122) and blocks (13.0 to 10.0).
ECU will now return to the road to face Southern Nazarene, Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. The Crimson Storm are undefeated in the conference.