BELLEVUE, Nebraska — Ottawa earned a pair of hard-fought wins over the weekend.
After falling in straight sets to No. 1 Hastings Friday, 25-21, 25-22, 25-14, the Ottawa University volleyball team topped No. 24 Madonna University (Michigan), and Peru State College (Nebraska) in the Premier Labor Day Classic in Bellevue, Nebraska.
Ottawa’s battle with Peru State in Saturday’s late match was a back-and-forth affair. After Peru forced a fifth set with a 25-19 win in Set 4, the Lady Braves got out to a 7-3 lead and never looked back. Ottawa won seven of the final nine points to clinch the hour and forty five-minute long match, 21-25, 25-14, 25-12, 19-25, 15-8.
Kenna Hall, junior middle blocker, led the Lady Braves with 18 kills. Both Adriana Skipper, senior setter, and Taylor Fortner, junior outside hitter, had double-doubles. Skipper had 41 assits and 19 digs, while Fortner racked up 14 digs and 12 kills.
Ottawa had 12 aces against Peru State.
The Lady Braves made quicker work of Madonna University in their early match Saturday. Ottawa dispatched of its ranked opponent in straight sets, 25-22, 25-23, 26-24. It marked the first win over a ranked opponent by Ottawa this season.
Kaylee Whittington, junior outside hitter, had a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs. Hall led the team in kills with 13.
Ottawa (5-3) returns to conference action 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sterling College.