Hot Springs, Ark. —
The Savage Storm continued to fight and tied the set at 20. For there the teams traded the next six points and were tied at 23-all. However, Southeastern recorded two-straight errors to give ECU the 25-23 win.
Most of the statistical categories were close, with the Lady Tigers earning a key 78-73 lead in digs and the Savage Storm recording six team blocks to ECU’s three. However, the key difference came in hitting percentages. The Lady Tigers hit .214 (47k-14e-154ta) as a team and allowed Southeastern to hit at a .123 (39k-20e-154) pace.
ECU will continue its postseason trip with a 3:30 p.m. match today at Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Ark. The Lady Tigers will face the winner of No. 2 Arkansas Tech vs. No. 7 Southern Arkansas.
Essix and Williams earn
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Two East Central University volleyball players were honored by the Great American Conference for their efforts during the 2013 season that helped the Lady Tigers to their first winning league record (8-6) and the No. 3 seed at the 2013 GAC Tournament.
Senior Danielle Essix was named to the All-GAC Second Team, while senior Ashley Williams claimed All-GAC Honorable Mention honors.
Essix led the ECU with 275 kills and 340 digs for the season. The Commerce, Texas, native also added 28 service aces, a .200 (275k-103e-862ta) hitting percentage and 34 (6-28) blocks. Essix earned GAC Player of the Week honors once during the 2013 season and is ranked No. 9 in conference only games in kills (2.89 kps), digs (3.55 dps) and points (3.35 pps).
Williams also had a strong season for the Lady Tigers after transferring in for her final campaign. The Aloha, Ore., native tallied 222 kills, 45 digs and 88 (14-74) total blocks. Williams hit .218 (22k-105e-536ta) for the season and earned one double-double.
Soccer earns another NSCAA team academic honor
ADA – The East Central University soccer team was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for its academic strength in 2012-13, with the NSCAA Team Academic Award.