The Emporia State Lady Hornets entered the Lady Blues Fall Classic in Topeka with a record of 9-6. After a stellar weekend that included dominating performances over Southeastern Oklahoma State, East Central, Southern Nazarene and Southwestern Oklahoma, they moved their record to 13-6.
“We had a bad loss the week before, but we were mentally prepared for this weekend,” said head coach Bing Xu. “That was the biggest part of our performance,”
The Hornets got things going the opening day of the tournament with a morning sweep over Southeastern Oklahoma State, 25-17, 25-6 and 25-12. Junior hitter Brianna Kaiser led the offense with 11 kills.
They kept it going with another victory to finish off day one over East Central. They were led by Kaiser again as she recorded her second double-double of the day with 17 kills and 14 digs.
On day two the Hornets kept up the momentum with an offensive outing against Southern Nazarene, as they hit .408 percent in their first match. They were led by junior hitter Paige Vanderpool with her 13-kill performance. Defensively, senior defensive specialist Meg Schwartz led the way with 14 digs.
Defense was needed in their final match as they went on to complete a dominating weekend performance with a sweep over Southwestern Oklahoma State. The Hornets out- blocked their opponent 13-3, and held the Bulldogs to an impressive -.058 hitting percentage.
“This was a tough tournament with two opponents each day, but I was impressed with our consistency throughout the weekend,” Xu said.
The Hornets travel to Joplin, Mo. on Oct. 12 to take on Missouri Southern at 7 p.m.