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Lady Gila Monsters finish eighth in the nation

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Lady Gila Monsters finish eighth in the nation

By Eric Arrington

West Plains, Mo—Eastern Arizona College?s Lady Gila Monsters finished their season ranked No. 8 in the nation at the NJCAA Volleyball Division I National Tournament last Saturday. The Lady Gila Monsters, who went undefeated in the ACCAC Conference, showed their strength in their second round match against the top seeded and No. 1 ranked Blinn College (Texas). The Lady Gila Monsters were the only team at the National Tournament to take Blinn College to a fifth set (only the second team all season), before losing to the powerhouse, knocking themselves out of the running for the championship.

?The girls played amazing,? said Head Coach Shari Kay. ?We suffered a tough loss after being ahead 2-0 against Blinn and it was hard to bounce back, but the girls came back fighting. I am very proud of the way they played.?

The Monster volleyball team was led by sophomores Jessica Johnson (Snowflake, AZ) , Anna Stecowska (Athens, Greece), and freshman Tupu Satele (Maui, HI). Jessica Johnson had 42 kills, 17.5 blocks, and a hitting percentage of .319. She was also named to the all-tournament team. Anna Stecowska contributed with 37 kills and 22 digs. Freshman Tupu Satele (ACCAC Player of the Year) had 48 kills (2.8 per set) and 53 digs.