Volleyball set for final week
of regular season action
ADA – The East Central University volleyball team is preparing for its final week of the 2012 regular season and a trip to the 2012 Great American Conference Championship Tournament. The Lady Tigers have claimed a spot in the eight-team tournament and are currently ranked No. 5 in the GAC standings.
ECU will first face Southern Nazarene Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Sawyer Center in Bethany. The Lady Tigers will then play a non-conference match against Central Oklahoma, Saturday at 6 p.m. in Hamilton Fieldhouse in Edmond.
ECU went 1-1 last week and is now 10-20 overall and 7-6 in the GAC. The Lady Tigers are in fifth place in the standings just one game ahead of Ouachita Baptist, but ECU cannot move up to the No. 4 spot held by Southwestern Oklahoma State (9-4).
Last week, the Lady Tigers were led by senior Tatiana Booth and junior Noelle Cope. Booth hit .413 (24k-5e-46ta) and added five blocks, while Cope hit .276 (24k-8e-58ta) and had 23 digs.
The Crimson Storm are 11-19 overall and 6-6 in the GAC, but are not eligible for the tournament in 2012. SNU will faced Northwestern Oklahoma State Tuesday before hosting ECU. The Crimson Storm trails its opponents in all statistical categories, but the numbers are close.
SNU has two key hitters to watch for in Natalia Oliveria and Kira Roberts, both with over 700 attempts on the season. Oliveria is hitting .190 (249k-98e-793ta) while adding 35 service aces and 399 digs. Roberts is hitting at a .163 (235k-116e-728ta) pace and has 44 blocks. Nicole Greenway is the most consistent hitter and blocker for the Crimson Storm, with a .211 (177k-81e-456ta) hitting percentage and 74 (11-63) blocks.
In the first meeting with SNU this season (Oct. 16), the Lady Tigers earned a 3-0 win at the Kerr Activities Center. Cope led the team with a .381 (10k-2e-21ta) hitting percentage and 12 digs, while setter Jessica Wilkinson added a double-double with 15 assists and 11 digs. Greenway led the Crimson Storm with a .421 (10k-2e-19ta) hitting percentage.
The Bronchos are 12-16 overall and 7-9 in the MIAA after losing their last three matches. UCO had a chance to get back on the winning side of the court Tuesday when they traveled to play Pittsburg State. The biggest advantage that the Bronchos have on the season box score is in blocks, where they average 2.3 per set and allow 2.0.
Morgan Ray and Barbara Jackson are the key hitters for UCO. Roy has recorded 1,189 attack attempts on the season, with 384 landing for kills. She also added 15 service aces and 309 digs. Jackson is hitting at a .159 (228k-108e-756ta) pace and has 56 (9-47) blocks.
The Lady Tigers and UCO have met twice already this season, with one match on a neutral court and the other in Ada. The Bronchos earned wins in both of those meetings. Junior Danielle Essix has had the most success against UCO, with a .311 (19k-5e-45ta) hitting percentage and 19 digs. Booth has tallied 20 kills. Roy and Juliette Smith are the top producers for the Bronchos. Roy has hit .362 (24k-3e-58ta), and Smith adds a .375 (15k-3e-32ta) hitting mark and 17 (4-13) blocks.
After Saturday’s match the Lady Tigers will prepare for the 2012 GAC Championship Tournament, Nov. 15-17 hosted by Harding University.
Reagan and Hummel Named to
GAC Soccer All-Tournament Team
WEATHERFORD – East Central University women’s soccer seniors senior Andi Regan and Molly Hummel both earned 2012 Great American Conference All-Tournament Honors. The duo were two of 12 players from across the conference to be named to the team.
Reagan and Hummel earned the honors Sunday after the GAC Championship match. The Lady Tigers saw their season come to an end in the GAC Semifinals, with a 0-1 loss to Ouachita Baptist last Friday.
ECU finished the season with a 4-11-4 overall record and a 4-4-2 mark in the GAC.
2012 GAC WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Jessica Carbonara, Southwestern Oklahoma State (MVP)
Kira Bertrand, Southwestern Oklahoma State
Natalie Crosslin, Southwestern Oklahoma State
Kelsey Visor, Southwestern Oklahoma State
Josie Price, Southwestern Oklahoma State
Andi Reagan, East Central
Mollie Hummel, East Central
Carrie Lieblong, Ouachita Baptist
Lauren Hatch, Ouachita Baptist
Mary Whisenhunt, Ouachita Baptist
Lauren Scharf, Harding
Hannah Hatcher, Harding
Mobley and Gonzalez Earns
GAC Player of the Week Honors
RUSSELLVILLE, ARK. – East Central University football seniors Titus Mobley and Brian Gonzalez have both earned Great American Conference Player of the Week honors for Nov. 5 after the Tigers’ 33-30 win over Arkansas Tech (Nov. 3).
Mobley was named GAC Offensive Player of the Week and Gonzalez was named Special Teams Player of the Week, with both awards being the first of each player’s career.
Mobley had a career-best 233 yards rushing and 242 total yards, marking the first time the Clermont, Ark., native had a 200-yard game in his career and just the sixth in the GAC this season. He rushed for 233 of the teams 268 yards. Mobley set up the game-winning field goal with an 18-yard rush with seconds left in the game. He had gained 100-plus yards before the end of the first half and he helped the team to the best total offense yards of the season (493) and the second-best rushing offense total (268) on the year.
Gonzalez kicked the game-winning 27-yard field goal as time expired and gave the Tigers the33-30 win. For the game, he hit both his field-goal attempts and as the ECU punter, he averaged 36.8 yards per punt with a long of 61 yards.
The Tigers will wrap up the 2012 regular-season at Norris Field, Saturday with their annual grudge match with rival Southeastern on Senior Day. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.