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Tatum Graves, senior middle hitter, serves the ball during a game against Fort Hayes State on Saturday at White Auditorium. Tatum had 13 kills, 1 ace, and 5 blocks, according to esuhornets.com

Emporia State volleyball won 3-0 against Fort Hays State University (FHSU) on Saturday. This was their first Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) win of the season.  

The Hornets started off strong, taking control of the playing field and holding their lead throughout the game. 

“We played Fort Hays and the girls just did a great job working together and taking care of business,” said Carly Spicer, assistant volleyball coach. “We had a tough game against (University Nebraska) Kearney last night and they came fired up.”  

FHSU got the first point of the match due to an attacker error. Within minutes, ESU came back to earn two points from kills. The first kill by Tatum Graves, senior middle hitter, and the second kill by Yuchen Du, sophomore setter.

For the rest of the game, both teams fought back and forth to get points on the board. The Hornets took the first set with a score of 25-14with a final kill from Du.  

“During each set we wanted to come out with some energy and start out in top and keep pushing all the way to 25 and not let up,” said Mikayla Simons, sophomore middle hitter.  

In the second set, ESU earned a kill point by Graves and an attack error point. At the end of the match, the Hornets won their second set 25-15 with two kills. The first kill by Julia Joseph, senior outside hitter, and the second kill by Graves. This gave ESU a 2-0 advantage overall. 

“We won over Fort Hays, which is awesome,” said Emma Dixon, senior setter. “We really wanted to come out with fire and bring our A game and I think we did that, we played well together as a team.” 

ESU made the first point in the third set due to an attack error. Soon after, Du got a kill, making the score 2-0 ESU. FHSU earned three points, one from an attacker error and the other two from aces.  

The Hornets finished the third set with two kills and an attacker error. The first kill by Du followed by another from Simons, and to end the game, an attacker error blocked by Simons and Joseph. The Hornets won the last set 25-15ending the match 3-0. 

“I thought we took care of business (and) got it done in three,” Graves said. “We did what we needed to do, we are moving in the right direction.” 

The Hornets will play next against University Central Missouri at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 in Warrensburg, Missouri. 

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