The East Central University volleyball team is headed to the final of three-straight tournaments that open the 2016 season, as they will participate Friday and Saturday in the GAC/MIAA Crossover Tournament
The Tigers will first travel to Shawnee to face No. 14 Washburn at10 a.m. Friday and Emporia State at 4 p.m. at Oklahoma Baptist. ECU will then move on to Edmond, to battle host No. 7 UCO at 11 a.m. Saturday and Pittsburg State at 3 p.m.
The Tigers played strong competition in their last tournament, falling in all four matches to move to 2-6. Junior Madeline Mayer continues to lead ECU on the offensive side, with a .204 (50k-20e-147ta) hitting percentage, eight service aces and 18 (3-15) blocks. Junior Lily Porsa is the lead on defense with 91 digs, while junior Taylor Turner has settled in for the lead setter role, with 144 assists.
Washburn is 6-2 in their first two weeks of action and is leading in almost all areas on the season box score. The Ichabods have a .227 team hitting percentage for the season and are allowing just a .143 mark by the opposition. Sarah Vicroy is the most consistent player for Washburn with a .401 (76k-11e-162ta) hitting percentage and 23 (4-19) blocks.
Emporia State is 5-3 after going 4-0 last weekend. The Hornets have a .194 team hitting percentage, but allow just a .171 mark, while leading 2.3 to 1.3 in blocks per set. Shayla Cotman leads ESU with a .344 (55k-9e-132ta) hitting percentage and 31 (3-28) blocks.
The Bronchos has compiled a 9-0 record for the season. UCO is hitting .271 for the year and holding the opposition to a .090 mark, while out-blocking their opponents 2.1 to 1.1 Jordan Spence is the teams leader, with a .348 (55k-9e-132ta) attack percentage, seven service aces, 26 digs and 20 (3-17) blocks.
Pittsburg State has struggled at the start of the 2016 season, going 0-8 in the opening two weekends of play. The Gorillas are hitting .146 and allowing a .227 mark. Payton Walker is the most consistent player for Pitt State, with a .208 (81k-33e-231ta) hitting percentage, 21 digs and 11 (3-8) blocks.