ECU volleyball team blanked by Fort Hays State

Photo courtesy Ryan PrickettEast Central’s Karina Erreguin, a junior from Las Cruces, New Mexico, spikes the ball agianst Fort Hays State in a match Thursday night inside the Kerr Activities Center.

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.

Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.