SOSU Volleyball Set for GAC Tournament

For the third-straight season Southeastern will appear in the Great American Conference Volleyball Championship, opening the tournament as the No. 6 seed and taking on rival East Central at Noon on Nov. 21 in Hot Springs, Ark.

The 2013 tournament is the first to be held at a neutral site, as the teams will meet in Summit Arena in Hot Springs.

The event will also be carried live on the internet on the GAC Sports Network.

The Savage Storm finished the regular season at 13-17 with a 7-7 mark in league play, but will be looking for a measure of revenge against its rival and Thursday opponent as the Tigers took both matches between the schools in 2013.

ECU handed SE a 3-1 loss in Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium, the first such home loss to the rival, and then followed with a 3-0 win in Ada, Okla.

Southeastern is hoping that it can carry the momentum from the stretch run of the GAC season where SE went 3-1 in the final four conference matches.

To do that the Storm will continue to lean heavily on its offensive leader Emily Gentle who is averaging 3.45 kills per set, while Megan Kunkel is adding 2.50 kps.

Madelynne Cera will handle getting them the as the setter has dished out 8.30 assists per set, but has also provided help in nearly every area one the court as she has also picked up 1.65 kills per set, 2.15 digs per set and pitched in 35 total blocks.

Taylor Benner leads the back-row defense with 3.59 digs per set, while five others are averaging more than two digs per set, including Kunkel and Courtney Miller who are at 2.85 dps each.

Ariel Sanders leads the team's net defense with 72 total blocks on the year, while Julia Benford has added 59 and Gentle is right behind with 57.

ECU comes into the tournament with an 11-18 record overall and an 8-6 record in league play.

The Tigers have a foursome of players averaging more than two kills per set, led by Danielle Essix with 2.59.

Jessica Wilkinson leads the team in assists at 5.89 aps, while Madison Seiler is adding 4.54 aps.

Taylor Brown and Essix are each posting more than three digs per set, with Brown leading the team at 3.53 dps, while across the net Sarah Nelson has posted 91 total blocks.

A Southeastern win in the opening round would earn them a match against the winner between Arkansas Tech and Southern Arkansas with in the semifinals on Friday with a 3:30 p.m. match time.

The finals of the tournament are slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

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