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September 20, 2013

East Central Fall Sports Roundup


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Women’s Cross-Country 

returns to action in Joplin

ADA – The East Central University women’s cross-country team will return to action Saturday, Sept. 21 when they travel to compete in the Missouri Southern Stampede at the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex.

The Lady Tigers are one of 21 teams in the 5K race, including five teams from the Great American Conference. The race will consist of teams from all levels of the NCAA and NAIA, with the race set to start at 8:30 a.m.

A year ago, ECU finished 11th (of 18) at the same race. Junior ReGina Germaine led the Lady Tigers at the event, finishing 50th in a time of 19:06.17. Sophomore Kortney CeBallos and Allison Faircloth also ran in the race. CeBallos finished in 22:02.19 and Faircloth in 23:35.16.

Men’s cross-country prepares

for Missouri Southern Stampede

ADA – The East Central University men’s cross-country team will return to the course after a week off when they travel to Joplin, Mo., to compete in the Missouri Southern Stampede Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9:45 a.m. at the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex.

The Tigers are one of 19 teams competing in the 8K race, including four teams from the Great American Conference. ECU will compete against teams from all NCAA and NAIA divisions.

The Tigers have been to the race for at least the last five years, finishing 10th (of 16) in 2012. Sophomore Arturo Nava is the top returner for ECU, finishing 75th in a time of 27:16.45. Sophomore Zacharie Jeandemange also competed for the Tigers, finishing in 29:53.35.

Women’s golf finishes seventh

at NSU Women’s Classic

TULSA — The East Central University women’s golf team finished seventh out of 11 teams at the 2013 Northeastern State Women’s Classic at Cherokee Hills in their first tournament of the 2013-14 season.

The Lady Tigers finished with a team score of 674 (340-334) after cutting six strokes off their total between days one and two.

ECU was led by junior Lindsey Lunceford, who shot a 165 (88-77) and took 11 strokes off her card from day one to two. Lunceford finished tied for 21st.

Freshman Molli Taylor was tied for 27th with a 167 (82-85), senior Megan Dutton was tied for 29th with a 168 (83-85), sophomore Madison Myers was tied for 34th with a 174 (87-87) and junior Shay Showa was tied for 53rd with a 198 (98-100).

ECU volleyball team

sweeps past St. Gregory’s

ADA – The East Central University volleyball team earned a sweep over St. Gregory’s, winning 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 25-10) Tuesday at the Kerr Activities Center in non-conference action.

The Lady Tigers (2-5) won their second straight match in three sets in the last three days. ECU was led by sophomore Hayley Gerken, who tallied 10 kills and a .500 (10k-0e-20ta) hitting percentage. Senior Danielle Essix added eight kills, senior Noelle Cope tallied seven and senior Sarah Nelson added six.

The Lady Tigers took control from the opening serve of the match, using a 3-0 run to open set one. ECU never allowed the Cavaliers (3-9) to get closer than one point in the match (7-6) and used a late 10-0 run, with senior Jessica Wilkinson serving, to earn the 25-13 win.

ECU again took an early 8-0 advantage in the second set before SGU was allowed to get on the scoreboard. The Lady Tigers kept the pressure on through the set and did not allow the Cavaliers to score more than two points in a row the rest of the set to earn the 25-9 victory.

SGU came out stronger in the third set, taking an early 2-1 advantage. However the Lady Tigers used a 5-0 run to take over the lead, 6-2. ECU kept fighting and used several four-or-five point runs to earn a 25-10 win.

The Lady Tigers had a strong hitting performance, with a .400 (46k-10e-90ta) mark for the night as a team. ECU also held SGU to a -.136 (10k-22e-88ta) hitting percentage.

The Lady Tigers will hit the road for two matches, Saturday, Sept. 21 in Oklahoma City. ECU will face Wayland Baptist (1 p.m.) and Oklahoma City (3 p.m.) at Abe Lemons Arena.