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EAC Finishes 1-3 at Texas Tourney

BLINN, Texas — The Gila Monsters volleyball team learned it still has a way to go before it can compete with the best in the nation. Eastern Arizona College dropped three of four matches at the 2014 Applebee’s Classic Tournament, in Blinn, Texas, Aug. 29-30.

“We expected it to be a rough weekend,” EAC coach Shari Kay said, “but we usually play better against better teams.”

Eastern opened with losses to Corsicana, Texas, Navarro College, 19-25, 15-25, 19-25; and to host Blinn, 12-25, 14-25, 12-25. The Blinn Buccaneers are the defending national champions.

Eastern defeated New Mexico Military Institute, 25-16, 19-25, 25-14, 25-19, to open the second day of play. But in the finale, EAC lost to last year’s national runner-up, Tyler, Texas, Junior College, 19-25, 23-25, 17-25.

The Gila Monsters are 2-4 overall and 1-1 in conference. EAC played Arizona Western in Yuma on Wednesday and lost in three games. Scores were 21-25, 21-25, and 18-25.

Story by Jay David Murphy, Sports Editor

Eastern Arizona Courier