The Lady Tigers will now play their final regularly-scheduled matches on the road, starting with a Friday match at Northwestern Oklahoma State at 4 p.m.
Volleyball Falls at Arkansas-Fort Smith
FORT SMITH, ARK. – The East Central University volleyball team lost to Arkansas-Fort Smith, 3-0 (15-25, 19-25, 22-25) in non-conference action on Tuesday.
The Lady Tigers (6-13) were led by senior Danielle Essix. Essix tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 24 digs. Sophomore Hayley Gerken added nine kills.
The first set saw ECU fall behind 4-1. The Lions (13-6) then held the Lady Tigers to no more than one point at a time for most of the set and went on to win 25-15.
The teams traded the first four serves before UAFS went on a 7-2 run to take control of the set for good. The Loins didn’t allow ECU to score more than two-straight points through the set and earned the 25-19 win.
The final set saw the Lady Tigers jump out to an 8-3 advantage and ECU used several small runs to gain a 16-9 lead. However, UAFS was not done fighting, as they used a 6-0 run to cut the advantage to one, 16-15. The teams traded the next six serves and it was again the Lions who used a 5-0 run to take the lead for good. The Lady Tigers cut the lead to one through the final few points of the set, but fell 25-22.
ECU will return home and to Great American Conference action this weekend with matches against Arkansas-Monticello (Oct. 18/7 p.m.) and Southern Arkansas (Oct. 19/2 p.m.).
Baldwin Named GAC Cross Country
Runner of the Week
RUSSELLVILLE, ARK. – East Central University men’s cross country senior Will Baldwin has been named the Great American Conference Male Runner of the Week for Oct. 16.
Baldwin recorded his fastest 8K time of the season as he placed seventh at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational. With his time of 25:46, it marked the second time that he led the Tigers in a race. His finish helped the Tigers record a second-place showing at the meet.
The Tigers will now take a week off to prepare for the 2013 GAC Championship hosted by Arkansas Tech Oct. 26.