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By The Herald Staff | 11/11/2013

SALINA — The Ottawa University volleyball team ended the regular season on roll with five straight victories.

The Lady Braves topped Kansas Wesleyan Saturday in Salina in five sets. Ottawa won 26-24, 25-20, 20-25, 28-25, 15-10.

SALINA — The Ottawa University volleyball team ended the regular season on roll with five straight victories.

The Lady Braves topped Kansas Wesleyan Saturday in Salina in five sets. Ottawa won 26-24, 25-20, 20-25, 28-25, 15-10.

Ottawa is the No. 3 seed in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Tournament, which begins today. Ottawa (17-13) plays 7 p.m. in Wilson Field House against No. 6 Sterling.

Ottawa was coming off a 3-0 sweep Friday against McPherson (26-24, 25-19, 25-19).

Nicole Gingery had a record night for Ottawa against Kansas Wesleyan. She led the Lady Braves with 27 kills in 39 attempts with only five errors for a .564 hitting percentage.

The 27 kills ranks sixth all-time in single-game kills and she broke the school record for hitting percentage in a five-set match (.564).

It broke Emily Mader’s .406 hitting percentage that she set against Southwestern College on Oct. 1, 1996.

Gingery and Taylor Bridge tied a school record in block assists for a five-set match with six. They tied Mader’s school record that was set against Tabor College on Oct. 25, 1997.

Allie Arnold had 12 kills and Bridge chipped in 13. Christa Hill had 36 assists while Lindsey Widen finished with 20.

Bridge had 23 digs, giving her a double-double. Haley Thompson had 19 digs and Mohsani Hoveyda tallied 10.

Gingery paced Ottawa with 15 kills against McPherson. She finished with a .400 hitting percentage. Bridge and Sandra Foster had 10 kills. Foster had 10 kills in 20 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage.

Hill led Ottawa with 21 assists and Widen had 19. Thompson had a team-high 16 digs and Arnold led Ottawa with six blocks.

Ottawa had 48 kills in 125 attempts for a .272 hitting percentage. The Lady Braves had three solo blocks and 18 block assists.

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