The East Central University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Fort Hays State Thursday night in non-conference action at the Kerr Activities Center.
FHSU won 25-19, 25-21 and 25-16.
The Tigers (3-6) were paced by junior Karina Erreguin with nine kills, two digs, two block assists and a service ace. Senior Madeline Mayer netted seven kills and seven (2-5) blocks, while senior Lily Porsa led the team with nine digs.
The opening set was a tight battle, with several tie scores. FHSU (4-5) then took control late in the set, with a 3-0 run to push the lead out to 20-17 and hold on for the 25-19 win.
The second set started out close again, with the teams battling to a six-all tie. However, Fort Hays then used a 4-0 run to take control of the set. FHSU pushed ahead in the middle of the set, but the Tigers fought back to get within two at 20-18 before eventually falling 25-21.
The teams were again tied at 3-3 in the third set before Fort Hays pushed ahead with a 7-1 run to take control for good.
The Tigers have four matches in the GAC/MIAA Crossover scheduled for Friday and today in Bethany.
ECU is scheduled to face Emporia State (12 p.m.) and Missouri Southern (6 p.m.) in today’s action.