BELLEVUE, Nebraska — Lady Braves volleyball came out even in their second tournament of the season.
After sweeping Peru State College, the Ottawa University women’s volleyball team dropped two consecutive matches to ranked opponents — No. 25 University of Jamestown and No. 11 Midland University — at the Sarpy County Tourism Labor Day Classic hosted Friday and Saturday in Bellevue, Nebraska. OU beat Lawrence Technological University in its final match.
Behind 11 kills from Kenna Hall, senior middle blocker, Ottawa got past winless Peru State 25-22, 25-18, 27-25 in its first match Friday. The team had early deficits in each set, including an 11-3 hole in the third set, but chipped away to win.
The second match against Jamestown was a tug-of-war affair. After falling 25-16 in the first set, Ottawa faced set point from the Jimmies twice in the second, 26-25 and 27-26. A Jamestown service error tied the score. Hall got a block on the next play, and Kinadie Wilcox, freshman outside hitter, scored the set winner with a kill.
OU had a 17-14 lead in the third set, only to see Jamestown go on a 9-2 run and ultimately win 25-22. The Braves responded by taking the fourth set 25-19, only trailing once — on the first point of the set. The Jimmies, however, grabbed the momentum with a 6-2 lead in the fifth set. Ottawa scored three straight points thanks to two kills from Wilcox, but never led in the final set, falling 15-9.
The team didn’t respond well in its Saturday morning match against No. 11 Midland University. The team was swept 25-19, 25-19, 25-19, allowing a .392 attacking percentage from its opponent.
Ottawa finished the tournament on a better note, topping Lawrence Technological University 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-17. Lawrence Tech had just a .072 attacking percentage to OU’s .158. The Braves also tallied 11 blocks in the match.
Wilcox had 44 kills to 27 errors in the tournament. Hall finished with 43 kills, 24 errors and 14 blocks. Morgan Berry, freshman setter, had 145 assists, and Liz Heit, senior libero, had 64 digs.
OU (5-3) plays four matches Friday and Saturday at the Baker Invitational in Baldwin City. Action begins noon Friday when Ottawa plays No. 11 Doane University.