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Lady Monsters Fall to Central

THATCHER — Wednesday’s match was proof why the games are played. Despite having the stronger team on paper — and having won by sweep in a previous meeting this season — the Gila Monsters found themselves on the losing end to the Vaqueras. Central Arizona defeated Eastern Arizona College, 11-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-22, Wednesday at Guitteau Gymnasium.

“We didn’t bring much emotion tonight, so I had to supply the rest,” Central head coach Matthew Dyck said. “We got our butts kicked last week by them. We calmed down tonight, stuck to our game plan and took it play by play.” EAC was dominant in the first game, as Shiann White produced couple of kills while Chelzie-Kristina Ulu had three of her own plus a critical block. But errors proved to be the Monsters downfall in the second game. Central took advantage of EAC’s unforced errors while Mikayla Sweet offered four kills on offense.

Ulu had a great game three for Eastern, with a service ace, one kill and two blocks. But Sweet helped her team keep pace, leading the Vaqueras to score four consecutive points to take a commanding 24-20 lead. The teams traded side outs to close it out for Central.

The two straight losses seemed to take a toll on the Gila Monsters, as they struggled to stay close in game four. Once again Sweet took control, producing four kills. She was complimented by Kimberly Stringer, switching from opposite to outside for the game. “I was playing out of position,” Stringer said. “My setter did great.”

Eastern Arizona head coach Shari Kay declined to comment after the game.

EAC (5-7 overall, 1-3 in ACCAC) are on the road for the Scottsdale Tournament, Sept. 12-13.

Story written by Jay David Murphy, Sports Editor

Eastern Arizona Courier