August 25, 2007--Emporia State moved to 4-0 on the season with wins over Central Oklahoma and Angelo State at the MSSU Invitational in Joplin, Mo. on Saturday. Amy Byfield and Megan Koster were named to the All-Tournament team.
ESU opened the day with their second five game match win of the tournament, this time over Central Oklahoma. The Hornets defeated the Bronchos 30-19, 26-30, 30-25, 35-37, 18-16 in a grueling match that lasted over two hours. Brianne Boner led ESU with 20 kills on .484 hitting and a career high 11 blocks while Arica Shepard had 21 kills on .306 hitting and 11 digs. Ting Liu had 61 assists, the most by a Hornet since Kim Edwards had 76 in four games against MWSU in 2005. Amy Byfield ended with a career high 27 digs.
After game one was tied at 12-12 ESU scored 18 of the final 25 points to take a 30-19 win. Game two saw the Hornets jump out to a 13-3 lead before the Bronchos went on a 13-5 run of their own to pull within 18-16. UCO took their first lead at 25-24 on their way to a 30-26 win. The Hornets scored the final five points of game three for a 30-25 win and 2-1 lead in the match.
ESU led 24-16 in game four before UCO went on a 10-0 run to take the lead. After a Mary Walczuk kill broke the run, the match see-sawed back and forth with ten ties and four lead changes in the final 21 serves. UCO would fight off five match points and ESU held off two game points before the Bronchos won 37-35 to set up game five.
The Hornets fell behind 5-0 and 10-6 in the fifth game before scoring 12 of the final 18 points to take an 18-16 win. Boner had two kills and three block assists during the final run, including a block assist on match point.
The final match of the day took considerably less time as ESU rolled to a 30-12, 30-18, 30-23 win over Angelo State. Mary Walczuk had 14 kills on .706 hitting to pace the Hornets, while Brianne Boner had 10 kills on .643 hitting. ESU hit .427 as a team with Ting Liu dishing 42 assists in the three games.
ESU will play at the MWSU Ramada Inn Invitational on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 in St. Joseph, Mo.