Nov. 21, 2008

Emporia State's Arica Shepard had match highs of 21 kills and 14 digs as the Hornets defeated UT-Permian Basin 25-14, 25-18, 25-9 in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Volleyball Tournament in Emporia's White Auditorium. The junior All-American hit .471 as she recorded her third 20 kill match of the season and the first in a three set match. The 21 kills are also an MIAA season high for three sets this year.

The Hornets will take on West Texas A&M in the regional semifinals at 7 p.m. on Saturday in White Auditorium in a match up of top five teams in the Bison/AVCA National Poll.


  • The win was ESU's 18th straight at home.
  • The attendance of 1605 is the second largest home crowd in ESU history.