Col. Volleyball secures spot in ASUN tournament with victory over central Arkansas
The score of the box
RICHMOND, Ky. –
Eastern Kentucky secured a spot in the ASUN Conference tournament by beating Central Arkansas, 3-2, on Saturday at McBrayer Arena.
The ASUN 2021 tournament kicks off on November 19 in Fort Myers, Florida.
EKU lost the first set before winning the next two. After the Sugar Bears tied the game 2-2, Eastern Kentucky won the fifth to secure the win, the weekend sweep and a tournament bid.
The colonels won by scores of 20-25, 26-24, 25-22, 20-25 and 15-9.
The momentum shifted in favor of EKU midway through the fifth set. UCA took a 7-5 lead on a Mackenzie Vernon win before the Colonels posted a 6-1 streak to gain control. A kill by Audrey Eurton tied and an ace of Sydney schÃ¶n gave Eastern Kentucky a lead he would never give up. A kill by Sarah mitchell capped and put the home team ahead 11-8.
Central Arkansas scored to come close to two, 11-9, but EKU (9-20, 6-9 ASUN) scored the last four points of the game, including back-to-back wins of Molly michalak to end it.
Schoen finished with 27 digs and surpassed the 1,000 mark for his career. Mitchell led all players with 24 assists, 13 digs, two assists and an ace. Eurton recorded a record 57 assists with 12 digs and seven assists. Anna purichia added 18 kills and Michalak finished with 12.
Vernon finished with a team record 17 kills for Central Arkansas (6-17, 4-10 ASUN).
With the second set tied 24-24 and Eastern Kentucky 1-0 in the game, Mikayla logan and Purichia had a block. A mistake by Sugar Bear ended the set and equalized the game. EKU definitely took the lead in the third set on a service ace from Eurton to take the score to 13-12. Michalak ended the set with a kill and gave the home side a 2-1 lead.
Eastern Kentucky recorded eight more wins (68-60) and 13 more digs (76-63) than central Arkansas. The Sugar Bears made seven more serve errors, 8-1.
The Colonels will close the regular season by welcoming new ASUN Conference rival Bellarmine on Saturday, November 13 at 1 p.m.