SAU wins first-round match


The Southern Arkansas University Lady Muleriders celebrate their 3-1 victory over Southeastern Oklahoma State University in the first-round of the 2011 Great American Conference volleyball tournament in Russellville, Ark. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

The Southern Arkansas University Lady Muleriders won their opening-round match of the 2011 Great American Conference volleyball tournament, defeating Southeastern Oklahoma State University 3-1 at Tucker Coliseum on the campus of Arkansas Tech University. The tournament is the first post-season appearance for the Lady Muleriders since 2003, when the team lost in the first round of the Gulf South Conference tournament.

The Lady Muleriders play again at noon Saturday, where they will play a semifinal match against the winner of the Harding University-Southwestern Oklahoma State University game currently being played.

All matches are being streamed live online and can be viewed by visiting the Great American Conference website. All photographs provided by freelance photographer Aaron Morris.

The Southern Arkansas University Lady Muleriders prepare to take the court Friday for their first-round game in the 2011 Great American Conference volleyball tournament in Russellville, Ark. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

Southern Arkansas University's Brooklyn Arndt (#5) waits for Lindsey Wilcox (#22) to serve during the Lady Muleriders' first-round game in the 2011 Great American Conference volleyball tournament in Russellville, Ark. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

Southern Arkansas University's Rebecca Pate hits a ball down the line during the Lady Muleriders' game against Southeastern Oklahoma State University in the first round of the 2011 Great American Conference volleyball tournament in Russellville, Ark. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

Southern Arkansas University's Ashlie Arnold (#1) and Lindsey Wilcox (#22) block a ball hit by a Southeastern Oklahoma State University player during the Lady Muleriders' first-round game of the 2011 Great American Conference volleyball tournament in Russellville, Ark. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

The Southern Arkansas University Lady Muleriders play a point in their first-round game against Southeastern Oklahoma State University at the 2011 Great American Conference volleyball tournament in Russellville, Ark. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

Southern Arkansas University head volleyball coach Steven Gream and assistant coach Milica Krsmanovic talk to their team during a timeout in their first round game at the 2011 Great American Conference volleyball tournament in Russellville, Ark. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

Southern Arkansas University's Jordan White (#4) spikes a ball between two Southeastern Oklahoma State University players during the first-round of the 2011 Great American Conference volleyball tournament in Russellville, Ark. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

Southern Arkansas University's Brooklyn Arndt (#5) digs a ball in the first-round match of the 2011 Great American Conference volleyball tournament in Russellville, Ark., as teammates Kahli Remy (#3) and Kadie Miller (#10) look on. (Photo by Aaron Morris)

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